Automatic Watches

What is an Automatic Watch?
By Argos Watches
You’re in the market looking for a new watch. You see some watches that say “automatic” and you end up scratching your head a bit, there’s a lingering question: how does this thing actually work? What actually is an automatic?

Well, to answer your question it’s the movement inside that works automatically.

What’s a Watch Movement, anyway?

Let’s start with the basics. The watch movement, also known as the caliber, is the heart of your timepiece. It’s what powers the hands to move in sync with time. Think of it as the engine of your watch. There are two main types of watch movements: mechanical and quartz.
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Argos Apollo 3 Automatic

Mechanical vs. Quartz Movements: One definitely sounds more fascinating, though.

Here’s the deal. Mechanical movements are powered by a wound-up spring. Yes, just like those clicking pens. This spring, called the mainspring, stores energy that gets released through a series of gears to move the watch hands. On the flip side, quartz movements are battery-powered and depend on an electrical circuit to keep things going.

How can you tell the difference? Watch the second hand. If it ticks once per second, you’ve got a quartz watch. If it sweeps smoothly, you’re looking at a mechanical movement. Mechanical watches tend to be pricier because they require a lot more skill and precision to make. Sure, quartz watches are often more accurate, but the artistry in a mechanical watch is what makes it a collector’s dream. Watch Enthusiasts love their Mechanical Watches!!

Manual vs. Automatic! No! They both are not the same thing!

Let’s dive into the types of mechanical watches: manual vs. automatic. An automatic watch, also known as self-winding, recharges itself through the natural movement of your wrist. A manual watch, on the other hand, needs you to wind it by hand regularly to keep it going. Fascinated by mechanical watches? Read more about them in our previous blog here.

There’s something ritualistic about winding a manual watch, but at Argos Watches, we are on the team automatics. Why? Because they’re hassle-free. Wear it, move your wrist, and it stays charged. Basically, wear it and forget it!

Automatic Watches sound like magic? Right!?

So, what’s the magic behind an automatic watch? It’s all about the rotor, a freely rotating metal weight inside the watch. When you move your wrist, the rotor spins, winding the mainspring and storing energy. This stored energy is what powers your watch.

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It’s similar to how to a mechanical watch works except the hand-winding, you can read more about the mechanical movement here.

Can You Overwind an Automatic Watch? Relax, Your Automatic Watch Has Your Back.

Worried about overwinding? Don’t be. Modern automatic watches are designed with a clutch mechanism. Once the mainspring is fully wound, the clutch disengages the rotor, preventing any damage. The watchmakers do take for any scenarios that can occur in the lifetime of your mechanical watch. So you don't have to worry and can continue enjoying your new Argos Automatic watch!

Where Are the Best Watch Movements Made? I always thought only Swiss movements were the best.

When it comes to quality, Swiss, Japanese, and German movements are top-notch. At Argos we use movements from Seagull. Why? Because they offer the best balance of price and quality, giving you a reliable, super-accurate watch without breaking the bank.

Do Automatic Watches Last Forever? Are they that much reliable?

Absolutely. With proper care and maintenance, an automatic watch can last a lifetime and beyond. This is one of the reasons we love them so much. A well-crafted automatic watch is a timeless piece that can be passed down through generations. The thought of passing down a watch through the generations feels very special.

And we at Argos believe in our timepieces and their longevity that’s why it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Why Choose Argos? Your Wrist Deserves a Masterpiece.

The more you understand about the craftsmanship behind automatic watches, the more you’ll appreciate the engineering genius within. They’re not just about telling time; they’re about celebrating precision, skill, and timeless beauty.

We wanted to go beyond providing an exceptional watch experience. So, next time you glance at your Argos Apollo 3, know that you’re wearing a piece of art on your wrist. And with the right care, it’ll be ticking for generations to come.

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

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