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How to quickly recognize an automatic watch?

In the world of watches, there are several types of movements, each with their own characteristics and functionality. Among them, automatic watches are highly appreciated for their complex engineering and automatic winding mechanism. In this article, we will look at the main features that will help you quickly identify an automatic watch.

How does an automatic watch work?

Originally, all watches required manual intervention via the crown to be wound. However, thanks to technological advances, a more discreet method has been introduced: the self-winding watch.

Its operation is rather simple: the watch captures the movements of your wrist using a high-precision mechanism. This movement generates the energy necessary to wind it, allowing it to operate for much longer periods than a traditional mechanical watch.

In addition, such a jewel of technology only requires a periodic service, approximately once every 3 to 5 years depending on the model and your use.

But then, how to recognize an automatic watch?

1. The fluid second hand

When you look at the second hand (second hand) of an automatic watch, observe how smoothly it moves. Unlike quartz watches, where the second hand moves by jumping from one second to the next, the second hand of an automatic watch moves in a smooth, continuous motion, characteristic of the complex mechanical mechanism inside the watch .

2. No battery

Another way to quickly recognize an automatic watch is to check if there is a slot for a battery. Automatic watches work without a battery; they are powered by the natural movement of the wearer's wrist, which winds the main spring inside the movement. So if you can't find a slot for a battery on the back of the watch, chances are it's an automatic watch.

3. Observations of the case and the back

Carefully inspect the case and back of the watch. Automatic watches often have a transparent case back, which allows you to see the movement inside. You can usually observe the rotating rotor, a key component of the automatic winding mechanism. Additionally, automatic watches tend to be slightly heavier than quartz watches due to their complex internal mechanism.

4. Perpetual motion

Automatic watches are often called "perpetual motion watches" because of their ability to self-wind with the natural movement of the wrist. This feature is often mentioned in the watch documentation or on the dial itself.

5. Logo or mention on the dial

Some watch brands will clearly state on the dial or in the documentation that it is an automatic watch. Look for terms like "automatic", "auto", "self-winding", "mechanical movement", etc.

Using these simple tips, you should be able to quickly recognize an automatic watch.

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