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Top 5 Watch Movements Explained - Beginners Guide
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By Emma
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Top 5 Watch Movements Explained - Beginners Guide

The movement is arguably the most exciting part of a watch. It's the heartbeat and brain of the timepiece, the mechanism that makes a watch tick and tell the time. But, how do you know which one is right for you? Read our Top 5 Watch Movements Explained guide to find out more.


A mechanical watch is the ultimate classic movement. This watch functions with traditional wheels and cogs. Favoured by watch designers who hand-make their watches from start to finish. This watch is wound by hand using the button or crown on the side of the case.

Rotary Mens Gold Plated Double Half Hunter Pocket Watch

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This watch cleverly winds itself. How? It responds to movement, so every time you move your wrist this turns the rotor inside. These watches are best worn everyday. However, should you need to take it off, it can run for up to 36 hours before it needs to be wound by hand.

Tissot Mens V8 Swissmatic Black Watch

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Perhaps the most abundant of all the watch movements, Quartz watches operate by a battery or 'cell'.  The watch runs until the battery runs out, with a good battery usually lasting between 12 - 24 months. If you need a new battery, you can bring your watch into one of our stores. Quartz movements are also favoured for being 99 - 100% accurate.

Gucci Ladies G-Timeless Blush Dial Stainless Steel Bracelet

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Invented by Seiko, kinetic watches combine the automatic and quartz movement. This offers the accuracy of the Quartz watch while never needing a battery replaced. Kinetic watches house a special battery known as a capacitor.

Seiko Kinetic Brown Leather Strap Watch SKA723P1

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Eco Drive

A creation of Citizen, this eco watch movement is powered exclusively by light. But what if you're not in the sunshine? No worries, this watch movement cleverly uses both natural and artificial light. What's more, any unused light energy is stored in a special battery for up to 6 months!

Citizen Ladies Eco-Drive Sunrise Diamond Watch EM0320-59D

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When buying a watch online, the product specification or description should tell you what type of movement the watch has. The movement is also sometimes written on the watch dial. You can always ask a member of staff or contact customer service if you're not sure. We hope our watch movements explained guide has shed some light on which watch is best suited for you and your lifestyle.

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