Mechanical watch movements come in many shapes and sizes, but the two most common are automatic and hand-wound. The type you want really depends on your personal preferences, as each type delivers differently on convenience, accuracy, and interaction. Watch gurus from around the globe outlined the main differences between the watch movements below.
Christen Costa, CEO, Gadget Review.
Automatic Watches Have Self-Winding Rotor
Automatic watches are the most commonly sold types of watches because of their convenience. These watches have rotors that don’t require you to manually wind up the watch, so they run consistently without needing anything from the user. People like this because they don’t have to think about winding them up when putting their watch on, and because these watches are always running, they are often the most accurate.
Hand-wound watches do require you to manually wind them up, and their lack of a rotor often makes them much more lightweight than their automatic counterparts. Both automatic and hand-wound watches are technically mechanical because mechanical watches are powered by a spring and require winding to work.
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