Automatic Watches FAQ [Part 2]

No one can know your watch better than you. Getting enough information on how automatic watches work can save you time and help care for it to last.

As promised, here’s the second part of the common FAQ about automatic watches to learn.

7. Is an automatic watch different from a wind-up watch?

No, they do not differ from each other. An automatic and a wind-up watch are all mechanical timepieces. The only difference is their winding mechanisms - hand wound vs automatic watch winding. Automatic watches do not need manual winding (using the crown) while traditional mechanical timepieces need a regular winding to make sure it is functioning.

8. Can an automatic watch be wound too tightly?

Technically, an automatic watch may also need manual winding but only if needed (since it is automatically wound when worn by the user). What happens if you overwind a watch? Yes, it can cause permanent damage to your watch. If you need to wind it up manually, do not ever overwind it to prevent from malfunctioning.

9. What happens if my automatic watch runs out of power?

Automatic timepieces can usually last up to 48 hours even if not worn. After that, you must wind it (either by turning the crown or wearing it). Will your automatic watch stop overnight? No. It will still work (up to two days) using the stored energy on the watch’s mainspring.

10. How accurate is an automatic watch?

Automatic watch accuracy differs from one watch brand to the other. If you ask what is considered good accuracy for a mechanical watch, there are varied answers. Hence, the best way to know your watch’s accuracy is by asking the manufacturer.

11. What is so special about an automatic watch?

A watch is always a person’s signature accessory. Most people love automatic watches because of quality and movement. Both Swiss and Japanese movements showcase perpetual mechanisms that last longer than quartz. Also, many think that mechanical timepieces are great heirlooms for family.

12. Are automatic watches expensive?

Buying and owning a watch is like an investment. Automatic watches differ from quartz in many ways, including the price. So, are automatic watches more expensive than quartz? The answer really depends on the type of watch itself, but you must also know that a lot of mechanical timepieces today are generally affordable. You get to have a great watch at a price you love.

This wraps up the common FAQs you need to know. Hope this two-part guide can help you take good care of your watch.