Watch Education: Understanding the Difference between Automatic and Hand-Wind Watches

 |  December 4th, 2012

Recently, we here at ATimelyPerspective received an email from one of our newer readers – someone really interested in learning about watches from the ground up. It got us to thinking; maybe not everyone really knows timepieces to the same degree. This week, we will continue our sessions on watch history and watch education – and promise readers at least one such article every week or two. Today, we are focusing on a single basic: when it comes to a mechanical watch (a watch powered by the movement’s mechanical parts and not by a battery), what is the difference between an automatic and hand-wound? Essentially, in a mechanical watch, the energy to power the watch is garnered by turning the…

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