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What’s the difference between Hand-winding and Automatic watches?

by Argos Watches India 16 May 2024
The world of watches is quite captivating. Watches have always been more than a timekeeping device. There is so much more to watches. Mechanical watches are some of the most interesting types of watches.
They are further categorized into two categories: automatics and hand-winding watches!
A mechanical watch needs some movement for the rotor winding the coil. That helps in the movement of the watch hands! Both types of watches represent a legacy of craftsmanship and the genius of watchmakers.
Beneath the beautiful exteriors, there is a fascinating difference between hand-winding and automatic watches. Let's dive into the inner workings of these mechanical marvels. Exploring the uniqueness and knowledge to choose the perfect watch for your wrist.

Automatic Watches

In an automatic watch, there is a rotor that winds the mechanism from wrist movements. It is a more convenient and easier recommendation for most buyers. 
Imagine a watch that winds itself – a watch that can run on its own without any power or battery. Automatic aka self-winding watches use the power of your daily movements to keep running. Within the watch's core is a small, semi-circular weight called a rotor. As you move your hands throughout the day, this rotor spins freely. It acts like a tiny generator tightening the mainspring within the watch. This mainspring stores the energy generated by your movements. It is then released to power the gears that keep the hands moving.

Hand Winding Watches

In Hand-winding mechanical watches, the winding has to be done manually by the owner. This is done using the crown of the watch!
Hand-wound watches follow a more traditional approach. These watches rely on a more intimate connection between the wearer and the watch. They require the wearer to manually wind the mainspring by turning the crown on the side of the watch. This simple act becomes a ritual, a moment of connection with your watch. With each wind, you're not just powering the watch, you're making a bond with it.

Pros Of Automatic Watches

Strap it on your wrist, and it takes care of the rest.
Automatic watches feature a smoother second's hand movement. It ensures a consistent release of energy from the mainspring. This translates to a more elegant motion of the second hand, delivering a more refined experience.

Cons of Automatics

Automatics do come with a few considerations. The presence of the rotor adds a bit of thickness to the watch compared to hand-winding watches. Also, automatics need a certain level of activity to maintain their power.
If you don't wear your watch often, it might stop running. You would have to manually wind it to get it going again.

Pros of Hand-Winding Watches

The lack of a rotor in manual watches allows for a thinner and sleeker design. This makes them ideal for those who appreciate a minimalist and lighter designer. Ideally, a lighter watch sits more comfortably on the wrist. Also fully wound, hand-wound watches carry a longer power reserve compared to automatics. They can run for several days without needing another wind. It makes them a reliable companion even if you forget to wind them for a day or two.

Cons of Hand-Winding Watches

The manual winding aspect can be a task for some. It requires more effort and may not be the best choice for those who prefer a set-it-and-forget-it approach. Forgetting to wind your watch can result in it stopping, requiring you to wind it again.
Some might feel the concept of winding is a bit of a hassle that’s why an automatic is usually the choice of masses.

How to select which watch is right for you?

Mechanical watches

So, how do you decide which watch best suits your needs and personality? Here are some key factors to consider:
  • Lifestyle: If you have a more active lifestyle. If you wear your watch daily, an automatic watch might be the more practical option. The natural movements of your arm will keep it powered.
  • Aesthetics: Do you prefer a watch with a clean, modern design or a watch with a more traditional look, with a more exposed crown? Automatic watches will have a slightly thicker profile due to the rotor. Unless they are Argos Apollo III which is an automatic as well as a sleek classy watch.
  • Personal Preference: Consider the experience you desire. Will you enjoy the convenience of an automatic watch? or enjoy winding your watch every once in a while?

A Guide to Maintaining Your Mechanical Watch:

So, you've got yourself a stunning mechanical watch - a timeless classic that deserves proper care. Here's a quick guide to ensure your watch tells the right time for years to come:

Keep it Clean (But Not Soaked!)

A simple microfiber cloth is your best friend. Gently wipe down the case and glass to remove dust and grime. Avoid harsh chemicals. Remember, these watches aren't meant for a deep-sea dive.
Keep them away from excessive water exposure.

Service is Key

Every few years, have your watch serviced by a professional. They'll ensure everything is running smoothly. Helps in identifying any potential problems before they become major issues.

Treat it Right

Mechanical watches are works of art, but not indestructible.

Automatic watches

Introducing Argos

If you are looking for an automatic watch, we at Argos celebrate the heritage of watchmaking and offer a fantastic selection of automatic watches. We also offer a lifetime warranty so that you can wear your timepiece carefree.

Click here and embark on a journey through the world of mechanical watches. Find your perfect match and let it tell your story with every tick and tock.

Happy ticking!

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