Automatic Watch

The second type of movement is called "automatic" but for true watch-lovers, only these mechanical movements are an acceptable way of powering a watch. An automatic movement works by using the movement of the wearer's wrist to wind the mainspring, which in turn powers the watch. The great watch brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe and Omega, all produce in-house movements, which are exhaustively tested before being sold at retailers.

Despite the fact that watch aficionados would never dream of buying a quartz timepiece, they actually beat automatics hands-down for accuracy. So why all the fuss about mechanical watches? Because, the least important thing a watch does is tell the time. People like mechanical watches because it's not just what something does, but how it does it. And for many men, that's pretty important. An automatic watch is a living thing. You'll discover this when you hold one for the first time as see the graceful sweep of the seconds hand versus the hard ticks of a quartz model.