The difference between quartz and mechanical watch
Accuracy(are quartz watches more durable than mechanical？)
People will wonder quartz watch are more durable than mechanical.
The quartz watch has a daily error of 0.5 seconds and keeps very accurate time.
The error of mechanical watches is a few seconds or even tens of seconds per day.
Hence the error of the quartz watch is a few tenths of the mechanical watch.
The accuracy of quartz watches is much higher than that of mechanical watches.
The inside of a quartz watch is an electronic integrated board, while the inside of a mechanical watch is made up of various mechanical parts.This is why watch enthusiasts prefer mechanical watches.A well-made mechanical watch can be a feast for the eyes and show the owner’s taste .
So The internal structure of a quartz watch is much simpler than a mechanical watch movement.
Battery(do quartz watches need batteries)
According to the different power sources of quartz watches and mechanical watches, we can know that quartz watches have batteries, while mechanical watches do not need batteries.
Quartz watches are easy to use and do not need to be wound, and a battery is generally available for 2-3 years. But some quartz watches with lithium batteries, long life, available for about 7-8 years.
The lifetime of the mechanical watch depends mainly on the maintenance work.
Generally well maintained mechanical watches can be used for ten years or even decades without problems.
The battery in a quartz watch needs to be replaced every 2 to 5 years. Other than that, it has very few moving parts, which means it requires less maintenance than a mechanical watch.
Taking care of a mechanical watch is a lifetime commitment. Mechanical watches generally need to be serviced in 2 to 3 years, replacing water resistant components, testing the timekeeping performance and power consumption of the movement, cleaning the movement and maintaining the appearance.
Generally speaking, the price of mechanical watches is much higher than quartz watches. This is because mechanical movements are more complicated to make and require a lot of labor and material resources.
For instance,an ordinary quartz watch is about 50~60 parts in total, and the process required is about 500~600 steps.
For a mechanical watch without complications, the total number of parts is about 130, so the process is about 1300, which is double that of a quartz watch.
Generally speaking,based on the same size,mechanical watch are heavier than quartz watch.
This is because quartz movement are generally composed of very light objects such as resistors and capacitors.On the other hand,the mechanical watch movement have to be composed of metal.and the complex movement structure is difficult to miniaturize.
By reading this article, you have a better understanding of quartz and mechanical watch’s and can make your choice. If you want to treat your watch as a piece of art or even a luxury, then a mechanical watch is a better choice. If you are on a budget and don’t mind replacing the battery, then a quartz watch is also a good choice.