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Geplaatst op 29-06-2023 door Marc Hut
Automatic watches are masterpieces of engineering and craftsmanship. They are appreciated for their precision and the fact that they do not need a battery to function. Below, we answer some frequently asked questions about automatic watches.
How should you wind a mechanical watch? Unlike quartz watches, mechanical watches are wound manually. This is usually done by turning the crown, a small knob on the side of the watch, in the right direction. This winds up the spring mechanism and powers the watch. It is important not to overpower the watch as this can damage the mechanism.
How long does an automatic watch last? A well-maintained automatic watch can last a lifetime. However, the lifespan of the watch depends on several factors, including the quality of the movement, maintenance and care given to it. Regular maintenance by a professional watchmaker is essential to maintain the watch's optimal performance and durability.
Why is an automatic watch not as accurate as a quartz watch? An automatic watch is based on a complex mechanism of gears and springs. Sometimes the watch may run ahead or behind by a few seconds a day. This is due to natural variations in the mechanism and the influence of external factors such as the position in which the watch is worn. To maintain accuracy, it may be necessary to adjust the watch periodically.
How does an automatic timepiece work? An automatic timepiece uses the wearer's natural movement to generate energy. The watch is equipped with a rotor, a small weight that can rotate freely. When the wrist is in motion, the rotor moves up and down. This movement triggers the spring mechanism and winds it up. The spring mechanism stores the energy and uses it to make the watch tick.
How do you know if you have an automatic watch? There are several ways to know if you have an automatic watch. First, you can look at the dial or back of the watch. It often says "Automatic" or "Automatic Movement". In addition, an automatic watch usually has a transparent back, allowing you to see the complex movement. If you wear the watch and it moves by the natural movement of your wrist, then you most likely have an automatic watch.
Automatic watches are true works of art that can stand the test of time. They require attention and care, but reward the wearer with a beautiful piece of technology that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.