On the other hand, manual winding watches do not have a rotor. It is the most primitive form of mechanical watches.


Without the rotor, the wearer has to manually wind up the watch via the crown to generate the potential energy the watch requires.


Either way, both automatic and winding watches will eventually stop running when left idle on a dresser for prolonged periods of time. This can range anywhere from 36 hours to 48 hours and beyond.

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Automatic watches can be easily identified by its rotor through an exhibition case back or printings on the dial.


An automatic watch harnesses energy through the natural motion of the wearer's wrist. As long as the watch is worn daily, the watch will continue to run.


In a nutshell, as the rotor swirls, a whole other bunch of gears below the rotor kicks into action, working in tandem to convert kinetic energy into potential energy.

Quartz watches are powered by batteries and function with the help of a quartz crystal and an electronic circuit.


The battery sends electricity to the quartz crystal, generating precise pulses to drive the watch's hands or even power a digital watch's LCD display.


These precise pulses makes a quartz watch highly accurate, more so than a mechanical watch. The battery life of a quartz watch should last anywhere between a year or two.

Watch vernaculars are a funny thing. The knob used to set the time is called the crown – and not a dial, as general expectations go. The dial refers to the face of a watch while a self-winding watch is an automatic – not manual – winding watch. It’s confusing, but read on as we break it down for your easy understanding.


In the watchmaking world, the word 'movement' refers to the mechanism that moves the watch.Watches are generally broken down into two categories based on their movement types - quartz and mechanical.

Mechanical watches are further broken down into two categories -
Automatic & Hand-Winding