Quartz Vs Automatic Watches! Which Watch Type To Buy? Mechanical Or Battery Powered

Quartz Vs Automatic Watches! Which Watch Type To Buy? Mechanical Or Battery Powered

Quartz vs Mechanical & Automatic Watches
[0:00:00] [Music]
In today’s video, gents, the difference between quartz and automatic watches. So, a quartz watch by definition is defined
as having a movement that’s powered by batteries, no winding required. Basically, the batteries inside sent an electrical
signal to a quartz crystal. This causes it to vibrate 32,768 times per
second. Those vibrations are then measured, they’re
then converted into a single pulse per second. The result, a very simple watch that is incredibly
accurate. Now, mechanical watches on the other hand
and I’m including automatics, they need to be manually wound or they’re going to use
motion to actually automatically wind them. So, this watch right here, I’ve got to go
through and I’ve got to manually wind it once a day. Now, when I’m winding the watch, what I’m
doing is I’m tightening a spring. That spring is going to power the watch from
anywhere from maybe 24 hours to in some cases 10 days. Now, in an automatic watch, we can actually
sometimes hear a rotor. And, a rotor is basically going to be a device
that turns around and uses your own motion when you’re wearing the watch to actually
automatically wind it. Again, for both types of watches here we’re
putting tension on a mainspring. This mainspring creates a force that’s transferred
through a gear train to something called an escapement which meters out power basically
bit by bit. The math and engineering involved ensures
the power is released in intervals that correspond with our concept of a 24-hour a day. And, gents, if you’re looking for a quartz
or automatic watch, you should check out Vincero, the paid sponsor of today’s video. [Vinchero?], Vincero whatever you want to
say, this is a company founded by guys that love watches. Now, gents, if you haven’t been over to their
website for a while you’re going to want to check it out, they’ve got new collections,
new watches, new looks. So, first up check out their Chrono Collection
316L surgical grade stainless steel. We’ve got a Citizen Miyota Quartz movement,
we’ve got sapphire-coated mineral glass, and a genuine Italian leather band. Next up, I want to talk about the Bellwether
Collection. This is one of my favorite collections. This, I think is an incredibly beautiful watch
comes in a wide variety of colors, you can change out the bands. Yes, the bands are actually you can remove
them right here, they’re interchangeable. And let’s not forget the Kairo series. This is a classic simple elegant looking watch. Guys, when you go through their website you’re
going to see tons of different options from colors of bands to the colors of the materials
used on the case. And, now, go check out their women’s collection. So, gents, if you already own a Vincero, think
about this. Now, you can get a matching one for your spouse,
for your wife, for your girlfriend. 16,000 five-star reviews, a two-year warranty,
a 30-day return policy, free worldwide shipping. Guys, I’m linking to Vincero down in the description. And, gents, I almost forgot, but they are
having their five-year anniversary sale, so make sure to go check out the website. There are no exceptions, everything is going
to be on sale. They only do this once a year, so if you’ve
ever considered grabbing a Vincero, now is the time. So, first up let’s talk about heritage. The quartz watch has been around for less
than fifty years which if you think about it’s pretty amazing as this has become the
dominant watch on the market. Why? It was able to come in and really disrupt
the whole market because of its accuracy and of its price. And by the way, I know some of you watch guys
are going to go crazy because sometimes I use the word mechanical and automatic interchangeably. I know there is a difference. The point is the mechanical watch has a much
longer heritage and that’s why so many people love it. We go back we look at 1275, the English are
credited with coming up with the first mechanical watch. In the 1540’s, we saw the Swiss actually
jump into the game and the thing what we saw here is all of a sudden they started taking
watchmaking and building these mechanical watches to a whole new level when they started
looking at building them up as jewelry. And in the 1770’s, we saw the rise of the
pocket watch. Why? Because they actually developed a technology
to a point that you didn’t have to constantly wind the watch, you could simply keep it in
your pocket and it would keep pretty accurate time. They were very expensive, they were all made
by hand and it was very labor-intensive. So, the watches were kind of the plaything
of the rich and those in a very high-level position to be able to show off their wealth. That being said, the ability to track time
was recognized very quickly by high-level officials is actually something very valuable
for people’s work day, so it was eventually adopted as a tool. Now, let’s talk about craftsmanship. So, quartz watches in general are going to
be simpler than the mechanical brethren. In general, a quartz watch is going to consist
of a quartz oscillating crystal, an electronic circuit to drive the watch and a means of
displaying time and a battery to power the whole system. Here, you’re going to find a stem circuit
coil, battery insulator contact, battery strap, plate, train bridge, dial foot clamp, a case
screw. Overall, when it comes to watchmaking we’re
talking very few parts. And by the way, there are many advantages
to actually being a simpler watch, but let’s now talk about mechanical watches. These have on average from one hundred and
thirty to over a thousand pieces. And, gents, the vast majority of those parts
they are actually moving, so when you to think about it the complexity of that system is
mind-blowing. [0:05:08]
Now, let’s talk about assembly. So, putting together a quartz watch because
there are so few pieces, it’s relatively quick and simple. When we go to mechanical watches, we’re talking
days, we’re talking months, in some cases years and that, gentleman, directly affects
the price. So, let’s talk cost. The movement inside a quartz watch can go
anywhere if you were just to buy that movement itself for $5 to $100. The price is affected by the materials, who
makes it, where do they make it, and all the complications that the movement is going to
have to drive. Now, mechanical and automatic watches on the
other hand can have movements that maybe only cost $50 to $75. Other automatic or mechanical watches can
have movements that cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. In general, what you’re going to see is for
the same movement that’s able to do basically the same thing, quartz watches are going to
be a fraction of the price. Now, one of the most common questions out
there is how when I’m looking at a watch as a potential buyer do I immediately tell if
it’s a quartz or a mechanical watch? So, they should always be marked if you’re
looking to buy one. But, if you look at the second’s hand, you
can actually see when it’s a quartz watch it’s going to have just a ticking movement,
very distinctive versus a sweeping hand on a mechanical watch. Now, the reason on a quartz watch that we
see that movement every second is it simply the most efficient way for the second hand
to move versus if it were to move multiple times which is actually happening on the mechanical
watches. So, mechanical watches five times to eight
times a second we’re actually seeing really small ticks and that’s why it has that sweeping
movement. Now, what about sound? Quartz watches you’re not going to hear anything,
some mechanical watches you will actually be able to hear a ticking sound. So, now, let’s talk about accuracy. This is where quartz watches shine. The cheapest quartz watch out there is going
to be relatively accurate to 1 plus or minus second a day. Mechanical watches can have wide variations
depending on a number of factors such as the watch position. Is the dial up? Is the crown down? The susceptibility to gain seconds due to
shock. So, if basically you’re out playing tennis,
you can actually lose or gain a few seconds. The temperature, the state of the wind of
the mainspring, basically, if it’s not fully wound consistently, you can actually have
an inaccurate watch. Specifically when we’re talking about the
accuracy of mechanical watch all those factors I just talked about plus actually what is
the quality of the watch. Was it chronometer certified? If it’s a high-end luxury watch, then you
should expect about two to three seconds variation per day, but if it’s just something that you
bought very inexpensively, it’s an older mechanical watch, you could sometimes see 12 to 15 seconds
of variation per day. And what about durability? So, quartz watches because they have less
parts in them, they’re going to be in general less susceptible to shock damage. So, if you’re playing a lot of sports, a quartz
watch is good versus a mechanical watch especially a mechanical watch that has a lot of parts. Just think about that, you’re playing golf
or if you bang it up against something, all of a sudden that watch can have just one small
piece get ajar and all of a sudden you have a watch that doesn’t tell time accurately
or stops working. And, let’s talk about maintenance. Quartz watches, incredibly easy. Every two to five years when the battery dies,
simply change out the battery. Occasionally, you may have a mechanical issue,
you can send it in to get it fixed. Now, gents, when it comes to mechanical watches
and maintenance, this is where it can become a nightmare. So, it depends on who you talk with, some
watchmakers are going to say. Okay, every three years, you’ve got to get
that watch in for maintenance because the oils break down and it’s something that a
little bit of preventative maintenance is going to really prevent something bad from
happening at some point in the future. On the other side and I have to admit I’m
with these other guys over here is I we’ll send it in when it stops working. Whenever we’ve got some issues, you can expect
if you’ve had a watch for fifteen, twenty years it’s been running strong, you can expect
something is going to happen at some point. Now, what about case style and type? Actually, with both quartz and mechanical
watches, you have a wide range. But, quartz watches do have a big advantage
on the case and that is actually the thickness of the case. So, quartz watches, they can be incredibly
thin because they just simply don’t have all the mechanical parts you need for a mechanical
watch. That being said, a good-looking mechanical
watch will oftentimes have a clear case back in which you can actually see the inside workings
of the watch. So, gents, what side are you on? Quartz? Mechanical? Or automatic? Let me know down in the comments. So, what video to watch next? Guys, check out this one right here, the chronograph. I talk about the history, how they work. If you are into watches, you are going to
absolutely love this video. Go check it out, guys. I will also link to it down in the description. [0:09:51] End of audio

56 thoughts on “Quartz Vs Automatic Watches! Which Watch Type To Buy? Mechanical Or Battery Powered”

  1. https://vincerowatches.com/rmrssale – Click on the link to take advantage of their HUGE 5 year anniversary sale!

    Quartz vs Automatic Watches – Which is MORE your style? Let us know in the comments below!

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  2. I've always had quartz watches except an old family heirloom watch from my grandfather from WW2. It needs to be "tuned up" but at a cost of several hundred dollars it sits in my closet safe.

    I picked up a "non-functioning" Vincero (blue face, brown leather band, steel case) at the local thrift store for $25.00 and all it needed was a battery. I love those kinds of deals.

  3. Guys. Only buy SWISS MADE automatic watches. If you don’t have the funds for new buy a well maintained used one. You will feel better about a used quality example vs a cheap entry level and you will get more compliments if that’s what your looking for.

  4. Great video Antonio! As you pointed out each have their pros. For chronographs I use quartz for accuracy; for other watches, mechanical for the engineering and heritage.

  5. For me i stop biying quarts watches years ago. when the batteries die i throw it in a drawer and never use it. I either buy solar or mechanical.

  6. Buy whichever you prefer but don’t buy junk like Vincero or MVMT. They are 3 dollar Chinese watches with their logo stamped on. You can get the exact same watch for pennies on the dollar. Terrible quality, terrible material and terrible deal.

  7. It's vin-che-ro! (I'm 99% sure)

    Source: I sing classical arias, and in Nessun Dorma the word is the climax of the song — it means victory! 🙂

  8. Overall the comments are negative on the watch company featured.
    Such a shame, they look nice.
    I'll just stay away from the company.
    Otherwise nice information on watches.
    I.have a Seiko thats my go to watch over 13 years old.
    A gift I treasure, a 1947 Longines that looks very formal, passed to me from my dad.
    I was in New Mexico recently in a shop, looking at cufflinks .
    A lady complemented me on my metal silver band Casio Illuminator
    I use when I run, go figure.
    Watches are so personal.
    I'm planning to step up to a Tudor, that's my choice.
    In my humble opinion now a days for under $500.00 you can get a nice deal on a quality watch.

  9. So many people bagging out Vincero. Most of them just because it's not a premium brand with heritage. (Inb4 'NO IT'S BAD QUALITY MADE IN CHINA')
    I thought the car community had elitists, but this is even worse.

  10. Non of the watches on the thumbnail are automatic.

    And as someone else mentioned, the build quality and quality control of these watches are garbage…

  11. Don't ever buy a vincero watch. They are just low-quality, overprized fashion-watches. You are paying way to much for a two dollar movement. If you want a cheap watch that will last you forever, has a history and so on, just buy a seiko.

  12. accuracy means everything……automatic watches is useless unless u buy a really expensive watches,which has high quality inside.

  13. One thing you didn't cover, but is kinda hard to put in either mechanical or quartz, is something like the Grand Seiko with their Spring Drive and the perfect sweep. But a great intro video into watches overall.

  14. The advantage of mechanical over
    automatic is, you get a level of engagement with your watch you don't with quartz. For the collector, and connoisseur of watches, this is a good thing. Other aspects of autos and mechanicals is maybe more imagined than real. Like old world craftsmanship, heritage, and tradition. The reason is, even high end products like Rolex are made in factories these days, not in little workshops. And while many fine brands do have history, most watch brands are owned by huge conglomerates. Nevertheless, watch collectors like the idea that, for example, the Rolex Explorer on their wrist has a history going back to the first Everest expedition. Or the Omega Speedmaster Pro went to the moon. Finally, at least with better mechanicals, there is the fact that when they break, they can be repaired. So while it isn't cheap, you can tell yourself this is something you can leave to your children someday. Nobody will be leaving a quartz watch to their children.

    Now the advantage of quartz. They are more accurate than mechanicals. More accurate than the finest certified chronometers. And cheap. In some cases, really cheap. But this is a problem. Because they are ubiquitous, they are not collectible. The opposite in fact. Even quartz from prestigious brands have almost no value on the secondary market. So, not much pride of ownership in having one. That said, if telling time is all you care about than a decent quartz watch for a couple hundred bucks might be the way to go. It will be something that will serve you for 5 or 10 years and when it breaks, you will toss it. No heirloom quality quartz, or very few.

    I personally have both in my collection. If you want inexpensive quartz, go with something like Timex or Casio. Mid level, maybe Seiko or if you prefer swiss, something like Swatch, Mondaine, Swiss Army, or Tissot. For mechanical, Seiko and Orient are value products. Swiss brands like Tissot, Certina and Hamilton are a step up in quality. Beyond that, the sky is the limit. Obviously Rolex and Omega, but there are brands way beyond those.

    Whatever you do, stay away from Vincero, MVMT, or Daniel Wellington. Horrible watches.

  15. I personally prefer a Quartz watch since it is more accurate. However mechanical watches are special because they are more sophisticated. I am saving money to get a watch from Vincero. I love the Gunmetal in the Chrono S connection and the White/Silver from the Kairos Series.
    Thanks for all that info Antonio!

  16. I have a family heirloom pocket watch..nobody in my area knows how to fix it or watch repair people said it can't be fixed. I love that watch..it tries to work but the hands get stuck easily and I haven't found anyone who can fix it so I tend to stick with quartz watches that all I really need to do is change a battery so I don't have to worry about cost for parts.

  17. I’ve been a fan of this channel for many years. For crying out loud, no matter how much they pay you, please stop promoting crap (Vincero).

  18. Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero. Don’t buy Vincero

  19. Fashion watches are exactly what the name implies "fashion" as in not made to last! Therefore; fashion watches are cheap mass made time pieces. However; due to social media, digital marketing and so, some fashion watches companies started to make false claims such as claiming that their products are classified under "affordable luxury"! what does that means? this is an oxymoron, and these watches are all cheaply made in china and you can them on Alibaba or AliExpress for pennies. The designs are not original and all aspired by other brands. Some influencers even dared to claim that fashion watches are better than Rolex! However, there is on positive to this fashion watch apocalypse which is encouraging the young generation to wear a watch, and it's the mainstream brands fault not to use social media and digital marketing to their advantage the way fashion watches companies are.

  20. Wonderful history and fascinating information. I learned a lot and I gained value from this video. Then again, I always gain value from your material.

    Regarding quartz vs automatic, I don't have much preference. I'm not much for the digital watch though. I prefer the traditional analog. I do love the nostalgia behind a winding mechanical watch though.

    I absolutely love ❤ my Vincero. It is a beautiful watch.

  21. I would have a quartz for when I'm going to do things that might get it banged up like an outdoor activity, and a nice mechanical for occasions when I'm going to dress nice. That being said, I do like mechanical watches. All of those tiny parts smoothly moving together in such a small space is something to marvel at.

  22. Don't forget that these are also considered jewelry. You can have an inexpensive movement in a $5000 case of gold and diamonds! If you're into ornament rather than functionality, it really doesn't matter.

  23. Throw away that fashion watch vincero. Buy seiko(especially dive watches) instead. They're inexpensive but durable that can last decades.

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