Quartz, Mechanical or Automatic – what’s best?
Whether you’re investing £100 or £10,000 in a new watch, it’s essential to know the facts about what you’re buying.
If you don’t know your quartz from your automatic, or if you want to splash out on a mechanical but don’t want to remortgage the house, start with our watch buying advice.
What does ‘quartz’ mean?
Quartz is a battery-powered timekeeping technology that can be found in lots of fashion and higher-end watches. The power comes from a tiny battery, which sends an electrical current through a small quartz crystal resulting in vibrations. These vibrations keep the movement oscillating and drive a motor to move the watch hands.
Because of the battery component, a quartz watch may need to be serviced every now and then. Despite this, you can rely on this type of movement for accuracy, affordability and longevity.