How many types of movements does the watch have?

- May 07, 2019-

For many friends who are new to the table, it is especially important to know more about the movement of the watch movement, because so far, there are even many friends who have worn watches all the time. Core, so today we will simply popularize this knowledge.


     First of all, what we know best is the quartz movement or the electronic movement. The first watch in the life of many fans is generally a quartz watch or an electronic watch. Because the quartz movement is white, it is “simple, anti-made, precise, and cheap.” The “simple” mentioned here mainly means the trouble of adjusting the day.

This is a relatively fine work of the Girard-Perregaux quartz movement. A round battery is obvious, and because the work is relatively beautiful, the specific models will not be very cheap.



There is often a quartz oscillator inside the quartz movement. After power-on, it will vibrate according to the set frequency, so the travel time is very accurate, which is not comparable to any mechanical watch. However, quartz watches also have a shortcoming that cannot be ignored. The life of quartz watches is usually only ten years and will not last. Of course, it should be pointed out here that the service life of the watch and the maintenance of the watch have always been closely related. Therefore, if the watch is used and maintained correctly, the life of the watch can be greatly extended, otherwise it is not.



Let's talk about the mechanical movement, the mechanical movement is the most classic movement in the watch, it can be called the watch enthusiasts of the watch fans are basically a mechanical movement. As the name implies, unlike quartz watches, which are powered by batteries, mechanical watches are generally powered by springs. The winding method of the mechanical watch generally has two types: manual and automatic winding. Unlike the manual winding, the self-winding movement will have an automatic tow, which will rotate with the movement of the arm, and the core will continue to be wound. Another difference from the quartz watch is that the loss of the mechanical watch is mainly the wear of the parts. If the maintenance is good, it can almost always run. However, the mechanical movement is relatively "squeezing", especially the problem of "waterproof, shockproof and antimagnetic".



We all know that Patek Philippe's watches are very expensive and the movement is equally beautiful. This is a self-winding movement, but the difference is that this automatic turret is a relatively small pearl turret, which makes the movement relatively thinner.

Of course, for fans who are passionate about mechanical watches, mechanical movements are also clearly high and low, some from the luxury or top luxury brands of the core, whether in the movement performance (such as through the Observatory, Geneva) Such as authoritative certification) and complex functions, or polished and beautiful, are far better than the mechanical movements of the cheaper watches.

However, for some well-known general-purpose movements, it is “other matter” because famous GM movements such as ETA2824-2 and ETA7750 are relatively cheap, but the performance is relatively stable and some are After the luxury brand is bought, it can also perform certain polishing and other details processing, and even install some complex functions on the basis of it, and then increase the viewing and playability on the basis of relatively stable performance.


This is the 7750 movement that many people are familiar with and is commonly found in chronographs of various grades.

Finally, let’s talk about movements such as kinetic energy, solar energy, and human kinetic energy. These movements are actually “derivatives” of quartz movements. They use solar energy such as solar energy or human motion to store power (because it is quartz). The movement, so unlike the self-winding movement), these watches are generally very convenient to use, of course, this is also the result of technological advancement.