Whether you’re considering making your first major watch acquisition or looking to enhance your timepiece collection, there are many aspects to take into consideration, especially the watch type, brand, characteristics, cost and movement.
Once you’ve settled on a specific brand or brands, the style and cost of your new timepiece, you’re left with deciding upon which watch movement will be right for you – automatic, mechanical or quartz. Each movement has both its advantages and disadvantages too.
Mechanical watches feature time-honored precision and craftsmanship and hold the distinction of being the oldest watch movement around, dating back to the early 17th Century. Mechanical watches have a spring driven mechanism inside and are powered by a series of gears oscillating back and forth at a constant rate. The one caveat with owning a mechanical watch is that it must be wound by hand on an almost daily basis.
Automatic watches feature a built-in mainspring mechanism that wind automatically from the natural motion of the user’s wrist and provides sufficient energy to keep the movement running without manual winding. Automatic watches however must be worn almost continuously to keep the movement inside running and require a watch winder when not in use.
Quartz watches have a vibrating quartz mineral inside that operates with a battery that converts the vibrations into power and time. They do not require self or manual winding. However, the batteries inside must be changed periodically over a period of anywhere from eighteen to thirty-six months.
The three movements are the focus of attention this week at TheWatchery.com and many prominent highly sought-after timepieces featuring Automatic, Mechanical and Quartz movements are featured in the promotion, including styles from Rolex, Cartier, Breitling, Ebel, Bedat & Co. Perrelet, De Grisogono, Maurice Lacroix, Rado, Corum, Eterna, Bulova Accu-Swiss, Invicta, Lucien Piccard, Ingersoll, Tissot, Movado, Raymond Weil, Citizen, Luminox and more.
The Breitling Windrider Chronograph is an outstanding automatic timepiece selection. This premium crafted Swiss-made men’s timepiece has been awarded official Chronometer certification from the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).
The round contoured case in premium grade stainless steel is highly polished to a mirror-bright glow. The matching multi-link bracelet in polished premium grade stainless steel has a fold-over safety clasp for added security.
The unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved markers surrounds the black dial with three sub-dials, luminous silver-tone outlined hands and hour markers. Features include small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.
Additional features include an anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet. Breitling Windrider men’s chronograph is 44mm in diameter and 17 mm thick.
The Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini men’s watch is an exemplary mechanical watch selection. This classic contemporary Swiss-made timepiece is sleek and appealing in stainless steel and leather. The perfectly round case in highly polished stainless steel is presented on a handsome textured black leather strap with a lightly distressed finish for a time-worn look and contrasting white stitched detail. The strap has a push-button deployment clasp for added security and convenience.
The integrated, raised polished steel bezel surrounds the black dial with a small-second sub-dial, luminous baton hands and highly legible, luminous Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini men’s watch is 42mm in diameter and 12mm thick.
The Luminox Limited-Edition Tony Kanan Chronograph is an excellent quartz watch that will keep your wrist on the fast track. This Swiss-made racing inspired men’s watch captures the vigorous spirit and high-speed dynamic the Brazilian race car driver is noted for.
The asymmetrical cushion-shaped case in lustrous black polycarbonate is remarkably durable and extremely lightweight. Polycarbonate is a material used in bullet-proof vests. The rugged black leather strap with two white stripes adds to the racing inspired styling.
The multi-layered dial feature a tachymeter outer dial surrounding a racing flag circle, three sub-dials, luminous silver-tone hands, an automatic date window, baton and Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include 1/10th of a second, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour countdown timers.
Additional features include premium Swiss made quartz movement inside, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Luminox Limited-Edition Tony Kanan Chronograph is 44mm wide and 16mm thick.
Hybrid quartz movement watches feature state-of-the-art, modern technology incorporating quartz powered movement with solar and kinetic technology. Citizen pioneered solar powered watches with its Eco-Drive watch collections, first introduced in the 1970’s and introduced to the general public in the mid 1990’s. Eco-Drive quartz watches have a built-in solar chip and are powered by sunlight or any other light source and will never require a new battery.
The Citizen Eco-Drive World Time A-T multi-function watch features the patented solar technology, along with atomic time-keeping technology, which receives radio signals from designated atomic time towers around the world for precise time-keeping accuracy.
This radio controlled Atomic watch synchronizes with the national atomic clock in Fort Wayne, CO. The round, contoured case in polished stainless steel case is presented on a handsome multi-link bracelet in brushed steel with polished rose gold-tone steel accents.
The polished rose gold-tone steel bezel surrounds the rotating inner bezel, which features the time-zones from 26 cities across the globe that operates with one of the push-pieces adjacent to the crown.
The metallic gray dial has a perpetual date calendar and day-of-the-week window, 24-hour and alarm sub-dials, luminous hands and orange arrow world time hand, raised baton and Arabic numeral hour markers. A scratch resistant sapphire crystal covers the dial. Citizen Eco-Drive World Time A-T watch is 43mm in diameter, 13mm thick and is water-resistant to 200 meters or 660 feet.
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