A Guide to Different Types of Watches
Everyone perceives watches in their own way. For many, it simply tells them the time whenever they need it but to others it is their key card to locked up affluence and wealth. Watches are fundamental devices in lots of people lives and nobody can function without knowing the time.
No matter what watch you choose, they always belong to one of two major groups; mechanical watches and battery powered watches. Watches powered by a battery can be quartz (driven by a small electronic motor), electronic (containing a numerical chip) and analogous-digital watches (which have normal clock hands but a digital display also.)
Mechanical watches are those that use a non-electronic mechanism to measure time. It uses a spring mechanism that needs to be constantly wound up, providing energy to turn the balance wheel which then moves the balance back and forth. This produces the "tick" sound. Mechanical watches are more expensive than quartz nowadays and they are often worn to show class and competence.
Automatic watches are those with a self winding feature. They are powered by the movement of your arm and wrist, which send impulses to the ratchet. This makes the rotor turn back and forth which winds up the main spring, creating the movement. However, if they are not worn regularly, it can bge very difficult to wind them up after a while.
Quartz watches use a quartz crystal to keep time ticking. These are perhaps the most popular types of watch because they do not need to be wound up and run off a battery, which lasts for around 5 years. They are highly accurate compared to mechanical clocks and its lightness on the wrist sits nicely with most people.
Analogous-digital watches, also known as electronic watches, also run off batteries and send out specific signals with a detailed numerical display. An electronic oscillator delivers great accuracy, hence it being digital as well as analogue. Many people purchase these types as it is seen, for men especially, as a fashionable item.