Automatic vs. Quartz vs. Mechanical Movement: What Is The Difference?

automatic vs quartz vs mechanical

The world of timepieces is a vast and multifaceted one. From the humble pocket watch to the complex timepieces, there's more than one way to tell time.

But if you're looking for a simple guide to understanding the three main movements in watches—automatic, quartz, and mechanical—then look no further. Asorock Watches put together a quick guide to help you understand what makes each type of watch tick (or not).

What is a watch Movement?

A watch movement is a mechanism that keeps time on your wrist. It's the thing that makes your watch tick!

A watch movement has many components—the most important of which is the oscillating mass. This part determines how much torque the movement has, influencing how fast it ticks and how accurately it keeps time.

The balance wheel is another important component, as it regulates the speed at which the watch ticks. The balance wheel's oscillations regulate the movement and keep it running smoothly.

Other components include escapement wheels, a winding train, a mainspring, and a gear train—all of which work together to create an accurate timepiece that keeps ticking for decades or centuries!

These three types of movements are:

Automatic watches, Quartz movement watches, Mechanical movement watches

What is an Automatic movement watches?

Automatic movement watches are those that do not need a battery. They are powered by the kinetic energy movement of your wrist and keep time without the help of a battery. Automatic watches can be mechanical or quartz, depending on the type of movement used.

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Automatic watches have been around for centuries, although they were originally known as "self-winding" watches because they didn't have to be manually wound like other types of timepieces did in the past. Today's automatic watches are often called "automatic movements," which we'll refer to here since it's more accurate than saying they're self-winding.

When you wear an automatic watch, its internal components are constantly moving as your arm moves throughout the day—and this motion generates electricity that keeps it running smoothly without any outside intervention.

Asorock Watches are excellent for people who love automatic watches and want to tell the time quickly.

Asorock Tubili Collection

Asorock Watches Tubili Collection Two Tone Rose Gold/ Blue

Asorock Watches has a Tubili Collection that, are automatic watches. These watches are elegant and classy, making them perfect for any occasion.

There is no need to worry about winding your watch or changing batteries because these watches have built-in mechanisms that will keep them running for years.

What is a Quartz movement watches?

Quartz Movement

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Quartz movement watches are the most common type of watch available. They are powered by a battery, which makes them more accurate than mechanical watches. Quartz movements are also simpler and cheaper to produce than mechanical movements.

Quartz movements use a battery or other power source to drive an oscillator, which converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy that moves the hands on your watch face.

There are two types of quartz movements: analog and digital. Analog quartz movements have hands that sweep around an analog dial, while digital quartz movements show time with numbers instead of hands.

There are two types of quartz movements: analog and digital. Analog quartz movements have hands that sweep around an analog dial, while digital quartz movements show time with numbers instead of hands.

Asorock Watches have Quartz Movement Watch Like the Transporter Series, Mansa Series and Goddess Collection.

Transporter Series, Mansa Series and Goddess Collection.

Asorock watches are known for their beautiful designs, quality, and affordable price. They also have quartz movement watch like the transporter series. Asorock watches are made from high-quality materials, making them durable enough to last a long time.

What is a Mechanical movement watch?

Mechanical Watch Movement
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A mechanical movement watch is a type of watch that uses a mechanical system to measure time. The most common form of mechanical movement is a weight-driven system, which includes an oscillating pendulum that swings back and forth. This oscillation is transferred to a balance wheel that rotates at a constant rate, and the balance wheel's movement is used to turn gears or other components that drive hands on the watch face.

One significant benefit of mechanical movement watches is their ability to keep precise time over long periods. They are also typically more durable than quartz watches, as they do not rely on battery power and therefore do not have electrical components that can break down over time. However, they are often more expensive than quartz models due to their higher production costs.

The most common types of watches with mechanical movements include pocket watches and wristwatches with small second hands (chronographs). Some mechanical movements have automatic winding systems that wind up their mainsprings automatically when worn; however, these are generally used in wristwatches rather than pocket watches because they are too bulky for use in minor cases like those found on pocket watches.

Asorock watches have mechanical movement watch like the Ambassador series. Asorock watches are made with high-quality and premium materials. The company's Ambassador Series is a line of high-quality mechanical watches with a vintage look and feel. The watches are designed to look like classic timepieces but with a modern twist.

Asorock Watches Ambassador Collection

Asorock Watches Ambassador Collection

The Ambassador Series is available in 2 styles. Each style comes in various colors and materials, including leather straps and stainless steel cases.

Asorock also offers an extensive selection of other watch lines, including quartz models and automatic movements.

The pros and cons of each type of movement

Automatic movement:


-Automatic movements are more accurate than quartz, as they can be adjusted by hand without needing battery power.

-They are also more durable than quartz and can be used in all types of weather.


-Automatic movements tend to be much more expensive than quartz, making them a luxury rather than an affordable option.

Quartz movement:


-Quartz movements are less likely to break down or stop working over time than automatic ones. They also require less maintenance than mechanical watches and can be used in any environment without fear of damage or malfunctioning.


-Quartz watches tend to be less accurate than automatic ones due to battery power fluctuations and temperature changes that affect the timing mechanism inside the eye itself.

Mechanical Movement:


-Mechanical watches are hand-made, which means they're one-of-a-kind and more durable than their quartz counterparts. They can also be much more accurate than quartz watches.


-They require more maintenance than quartz watches, so you must regularly pay attention to their condition to keep them running smoothly. Also, mechanical watches are usually more expensive than quartz ones because they take longer to make and require more skill to assemble.

The lifespan of each type of movement 

The lifespan of a watch's movement varies depending on the type of movement it uses. We'll discuss the following: automatic, quartz, and mechanical movements all have different lifespans.

Automatic Movement

Automatic movements require no winding and are powered by the movement of your wrist as you wear your watch. Automatic movements are most common in luxury watches and are responsible for their smooth tick-tock motion. An automatic movement's lifespan will last many years with proper care.

Quartz Movement

Batteries power quartz movements, so they do not run down like automatic or require winding-like mechanical movements. Quartz movements tend to last about ten years with proper care.

Mechanical Movement

Mechanical movements are powered by springs and last longer than automatic and quartz movements (about 20 years on average). Still, they also tend to be more expensive than either type because they require more intricate parts that experts must hand-assembled over multiple stages before being fitted into a watch case.

Which type of movement is right for you?

Choosing between quartz, automatic, and mechanical movements is more complex than you might think. Much depends on your preferences, where you're buying your watches from, how much you're willing to spend, and more. In the end, it's a matter of finding the right watch for you that strikes a balance between all your needs before making a final decision.

We have what you need if you're looking for a watch that will be the centerpiece of your wardrobe.

Asorock watches have all the watches that you're looking for. We have it all, whether you're looking for an automatic or quartz movement. We have watches for every occasion, and we're confident you'll find exactly what you're looking for. You can find them on our website, and we'll be happy to answer any questions about our products or service.

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