Guide to Watch Movements
Guide to Watch Movements
In our society, time is a valuable resource that can be difficult to balance. Maintaining an accurate timepiece is both stylish and extremely practical. Not all watches are made the same, and it’s important to know what type of watch will best serve as your guide. The most integral components of the watch are its movement, or caliber, which can come in three general varieties, defined by the type of energy that powers the movement: manual, automatic, or quartz. Discover which timepiece functions fit your needs best with Hing Wa Lee Jewelers.
Characteristics of Manual Movement
The manual movement style is the earliest caliber of watch developed, and, to this day, remains one of the more sought-after styles by connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. This movement relies solely on the mechanics of a mainspring being wound by hand. The spring slowly unwinds, releasing the kinetic energy in timed increments and moving the hands around the dial. These watches are meticulously designed, with the complexity of their mechanics leading to a superior product from beginning to end.
Characteristics of Automatic Movement
The oldest caliber after manual, the automatic watch added a weighted rotor to the mainspring. As the watch is worn, the weight spins around the spring, winding the watch with only the motion of the wearer’s wrist. These watches will remain wound so long as they are worn once every few days. Exceedingly versatile, models of automatic watches are available in some of the widest ranges of any watch movement. These watches are reliable, low maintenance, and, above all, diverse.
Characteristics of Quartz Movement
The most recent movement developed, quartz watches make use of a battery and a crystal to remain wound. Electrical pulses cause the crystal to vibrate, and it’s the energy of these vibrations that are harnessed to keep the watch powered. Many modern-day watches feature quartz movements, and they are available in a nearly limitless range of styles and materials. Many people enjoy these watches for the simplicity and convenience. So long as the battery has a charge, it will keep time.
Why Shop for Watches at Hing Wa Lee Jewelers?
Although we’re located in Walnut and San Gabriel, our team at Hing Wa Lee Jewelers has long provided quality timepieces to our neighbors in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Alhambra. For nearly three decades, we have focused on providing a diverse clientele with just the right watch for them, no matter their needs. We’ve been named as one of the top ten watch retailers in the country, and we can not wait to show you that same level of quality when you visit our showroom.