Automatic watches have been around for hundreds of years. They have become more popular over the years because they are easy to read, are durable, require little maintenance, and are generally simple devices. All of these features make them very desirable devices. However, there is a level of complication inherent in some automatic watch movements. Certain movements, such as those that power most watches, are known as “self-winding” movements. This means that they run themselves without the help of an external motor.
A self-winding movement is an important factor for watch enthusiasts. The quality of an automatic watch movement is directly related to the quality of the timepiece. The quality of a hand-wristwatch may be excellent, but if the watch is not able to stop once it has been set, then it will be considered “self-winding”. Self-winding movements must be smooth, have a high tolerance of shock, and provide a good level of accuracy. Dual time zones, calendars, and chronographs are all powered through small automatic watch movements inside the main mechanism, which can be a bit problematic.
The problem with automatic watch movements is that the mechanical calibers used in their construction can be very hard to work with. Generally, there is a lot of waste produced during the manufacturing of a single watch. Some calibers are known for their precision, while others are known for their unwarranted tendency to wear out quickly. Fortunately, watch movements are available that are more reliable when it comes to certain calibers, so watch hobbyists may find themselves able to enjoy more precision with their favorite timepieces.
The overall quality of an automatic watch movement is also determined by the shape of the case and the shape of the rotor. Rotator mechanisms are generally circular, as are the cases of most watches. The size of the case and rotor itself will impact the accuracy of a timepiece, as will the thickness of the lugs and crowns.
The quality of an automatic watch movement is also impacted by the materials that are used to make the case and the housing for the movement. Steel, titanium, and plastic are commonly chosen for construction of automatic timepieces. All three of these materials have their own merits, but all of them are vulnerable to a wide range of damages that may impact the performance of the timepiece. Titanium, for instance, is extremely durable, but it can be easily damaged by blunt impacts or by sharp objects. Plastic is a little more stable, but some plastics can be brittle and are prone to internal pressures that can affect the accuracy of watches.
Another way to ensure that automatic timepieces last for a long time is to use good maintenance practices for your timepiece. A watch is an investment, so it is important that the owner is willing to do what it takes to keep it in optimal condition. Taking care of a watch will not only extend its lifespan, but will also improve the quality of the wearer’s time. By ensuring that automatic watches are properly serviced on a regular basis and that the wheels are properly lubricated, a person will help his watch last for an extraordinarily long time. While mechanical watches can last as long as a person’s hand, a person who does not take proper care of his watch will likely have to replace it much sooner.