Those who are really interested in how watches work may be on the search for either a mechanical or a quartz watch. But what’s the difference? The movements in a mechanical watch are powered by gears and springs and operate without needing an electric power source – they are powered by either automatic or manual winding.
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A mechanical watch is certainly more complex and complicated than a quartz watch. However, the mechanical movements can be fascinating to look at and some luxury watch brands choose to feature their mechanics through the dial as part of the watch design, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre. This is one of the reasons that mechanical watches remain so popular. For example, Rolex only produces mechanical watches even though quartz watches have proven to be more accurate at time-keeping.