Differentiating Between an Automatic Watch and a Hand-Wound Watch

 |  October 10th, 2013

We get a lot of questions from readers asking the difference between a hand-wound (manual-wind) watch and an automatic (self-wind) watch. While we took a look at this subject before, it may be a good time to revisit it for novice watch lovers. As most know,  a mechanical watch is a watch powered by the movement’s mechanical parts and not by a battery as in a quartz powered timepiece. In a hand-wind watch, the wearer must act as the initial power supplier by physically winding the watch crown on a regular basis to power the timekeeping function. Inside, via the gear train, energy is transmitted from the crown to the main spring, where it is stored. As is natural, the…

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