Automatic Watches

How Do Automatic Watches Work?
By Argos Watches

Are you under the impression that watches only tell the time? Well, I have news for you…

People love watches! Be it any kind of watch! We are here to talk about the best kind of watches! Automatic Watches.

An automatic watch is a much more refined version of a mechanical watch. (If you want to know more about mechanical watches you can check this blog) Apart from functionality, the uniqueness of an automatic watch comes from its highly refined mechanics.

Unlike quartz watches that work with replaceable batteries, the automatics are different. But how do these miniature marvels really work, and what makes them such compelling choices for watch enthusiasts?
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Let's get into the genius of how automatic watches work without batteries!!!

The secret lies in the machinery of automatic watches! In simple mechanical watches, the winding has to be done manually using the crown of the watch, which isn’t the case with our automatics.

Coming to the genius part, our star of the show! The Automatic Movement!

Automatic watches don't need you to turn the crown every now and then, instead they have a small part inside called a rotor. Think of the rotor as a tiny, hardworking friend inside your watch.

As you go about your day, the rotor captures the energy from your wrist movements. It then transfers this energy to a spring called the mainspring. The mainspring winds up automatically with this energy. Over time, the coiled mainspring slowly unwinds. This unwinding provides the power needed to drive the gears inside the watch.

And your watch goes on and on without any intervention….thus the term AUTOMATIC.

This might be the most efficient system for keeping your watch in power…..Just by wearing it.

Wait! There is something even more interesting about Automatic Watches!

There are two types of automatic movements, Unidirectional and Bi-directional. While the general principle of the self-winding process is the same, mechanisms differ. A little closer look at two common kinds of automatic movements:

Unidirectional Rotor:
This kind of rotor moves in one direction only. Hence, through your movement of arms, it gets into rotation in a single direction and captures energy. Its construction is strong and efficient for people living an active lifestyle.

Bi-Directional Rotor:
The rotor, as the term suggests, is designed to rotate in both directions. Hence makes winding relatively more efficient as compared to the uni-directional rotors. This type of design is particularly helpful to people who are less active during the day. The rotor continues to turn on the slightest movement of the arm, suitable for people working from their desks.

Here’s what keeps automatic watches relevant.

The main attraction behind an automatic watch is that it attracts many different types of people. Each having varied reasons for their interest:

Unlike quartz watches, which require periodic replacement of batteries, automatics are self-sufficient. Provided one is worn regularly, the normal movements of the user's arm will keep the watch powered. This eliminates the worry of batteries and ensures your watch can always tell time.

In a world dominated by smartwatches, an automatic watch may simply become a symbol of tradition and craftsmanship. The ownership of an automatic watch, therefore, reflects an appreciation, not only for heritage but also for something that would last for ages.

The automatic movement is extremely long-lasting. If properly cared for and serviced from time to time by a qualified watchmaker, it can last generations.

The robust construction, coupled with the quality materials used will ensure they keep ticking.

Here are some tips that’ll help you while buying your first Automatic Watch:

Their charm is undeniable, but here are a few aspects to consider before finally deciding to switch over to an automatic watch:

Maintenance Needs, everybody deserves some care:

Generally sturdy, automatic movements may need intermittent servicing by a qualified watchmaker. This service will ensure optimal performance and longevity. How often you need to service the watch depends on the watch and your usage habits.

Accuracy Expectations:

In comparison to quartz watches, automatic ones produce small timekeeping discrepancies. Though these values are absolutely minor for the majority of us.

Activity Level and Power Reserve: Basically, it’s Wear it and forget it

The power reserve of an automatic watch basically refers to the amount of time a watch can run before needing to refuel from another "wind". If you lead a very sedentary life, then an automatic watch will likely be unable to hold its power reserve. It may need some intermittent manual winding to help keep it at par.

Why Argos?

If you’re looking for your perfect automatic, Argos is the right choice.

At Argos, we share your passion for automatic watches. We celebrate the rich heritage of watchmaking. We have watches that become an integral part of your lifestyle to tell your story.

Our commitment goes beyond just providing exceptional watches. We offer a lifetime warranty and our watches come with a 42-hour power reserve and a super-accurate seagull movement giving you peace of mind. Allowing you to wear your Argos with confidence.

Ready to embark on a journey through the world of automatic watches?
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