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Watch movements are the command of the whole watch. There are different types of watch movements: quartz movements, automatic movements, and mechanical movements. Sofly offers a wide range of high quality movements at low costs. You can order watch movement replacements for brands, such as Rolex, Citizen, Cartier, Piaget, Omega, ETA, SEIKO and more. If you have special needs for its color, shape or design, just scan through our product list and find the one that fits you!

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Some watches opt for a micro-rotor (above), a smaller version of the traditional semicircular rotor that does the same job but is recessed into the movement rather than mounted above it, allowing for the overall mechanism to be thinner. Piaget, which is known for ultra-thin watches, was one of the pioneers of this type of rotor, which is also used by brands such as Patek Philippe and Parmigiani Fleurier.

The balance wheel is the weighted wheel that rotates back and forth, regulated by the escapement, whose oscillations, or beats, drive the hands forward. It is mounted on a balance spring, or hairspring, the spiral spring that controls its frequency and thus the rate of the watch. This assembly is mounted on a balance bridge.

The rotors of automatic movements are often a canvas for various types of decoration, including engraving of brand names (as below) or other motifs, or even intricate guilloché patterns like the ones used on dials.

I have questions. An automatic watch with a longer power reserve, when manually wound, needs to be wound for longer than one with a shorter power reserve? Should you regularly manual wind an automatic movement or just let it wind down and restart it when needed? Can you manually over wind an automatic movement? My manual wind watches all have physical stops. How many rotations to adequately wind an automatic movement to make it last one day? Probably depends on the movement, right?

Great article. Thanks. My watch has an ETA 7001 movement that when new ran about 15 seconds fast per day. Over the course of a few months, it began to run about 30-35 seconds fast per day. I had it serviced due to a problem with the stem; when it returned, it had been regulated and again ran about 15 seconds fast per day. Now, a few months later, it has again increased to about 30-35 seconds fast per day. Are there common issues or environmental factors that could account for a mechanical movement gaining (or losing) time? Could this be the result of mild magnetism? Thanks.

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Not that long ago, at least in watchmaking years, most watch brands sourced their movements from external manufacturers. Buying movements out-of-house was much less expensive than producing them in-house. Movement-making is an art unto itself, as well as a massive, expensive commitment for a brand.

Hyla Bauer's passion for watches was born the first time she traveled to Switzerland for the Basel and Geneva watch shows. For her, a watch is one of the most intimate and precious things a person can wear. They are precious, built to last, and have a personal meaning for their owners.

Manual and automatic movements are mechanical; they are both made up of only mechanical parts like gears and springs. The quartz and auto-quartz movements have an electrical circuit and require a battery to run but may also have some mechanical parts. Mechanical watches are far more expensive than battery-powered ones because they are much more labor intensive to build. Even though battery watches are inherently more accurate, almost all collectors and connoisseurs prefer manual or automatic as these movements represent the accumulation of almost 600 years of refinement, expertise, and craftsmanship.

A manual movement, frequently called a hand-wound movement, is the oldest type of watch movement made, dating back to the 16th century. It requires daily winding in order to work. Manual movements are the most traditional movements and are usually found in very conservative, expensive, and collectable watches.

The heart of the movement, receiving the energy to run from the escapement. The balance wheel beats, or oscillates, in a circular motion between five and ten times per second. A watchmaker can make the balance wheel oscillate faster or slower, which in turn makes the watch run faster or slower.

1. Turning the crown winds the mainspring, causing it to store energy.2. The gear train transfers the energy to the escapement.3. The escapement meters out the energy into regulated parts.4. The balance wheel uses this regulated energy to beat back and forth at a constant rate.5. Every certain number of beats, the dial train transfers the energy to the hands of the watch.6. The hands advance.

An automatic, or self-winding, movement is a mechanical movement first marketed in the beginning decades of the 20th century. It winds itself while worn on the wrist, eliminating the need for daily hand winding. However, if not worn for some time, the watch will stop and require a manual winding. This does not include taking the watch off before bed.

A half circle-shaped metal weight attached to the movement that can swing freely in 360 degrees as the wrist moves. The rotor is connected by a series of gears to the mainspring and as it turns, it winds the mainspring, giving the watch energy. The rotor is equipped with a clutch that will disengage it from winding when the mainspring is fully wound.

1. Movement of the wrist turns the rotor, which winds the mainspring. Turning the crown also winds the mainspring.2. The gear train transfers the energy to the escapement.3. The escapement meters out the energy into regulated parts.4. The balance wheel uses this regulated energy to beat back and forth at a constant rate.5. Every certain number of beats, the dial train transfers the energy to the hands of the watch.6. The hands advance.

Like the mainspring on a mechanical watch, this is the power source of the watch. Typically, the battery on a quartz watch will last between 12 and 24 months before needing to be replaced. It is important to replace the battery as quickly as possible once it has died as there is a possibility of it leaking acid and damaging the movement.

Performs the same function as the balance wheel on a mechanical watch. The Integrated circuit applies electricity from the battery to the quartz crystal in a constant stream. Quartz vibrates when electricity is applied to it and also generates voltage when it vibrates.

1. Electricity is carried from the battery to the quartz crystal via the integrated circuit.2. The electricity makes the quartz crystal vibrate at a rate of 32,768 per second.3. These electrical pulses are sent via the integrated circuit to the stepping motor.4. The stepping motor sends every 32,768th electrical pulse to the dial train.5. The dial train advances the hands on the watch.

Ever since watch winders have been available for sale, consumers who own Seiko Kinetic watches wonder why they cannot use a watch winder for their watches. Automatic movement watches work by motion and spinning of the watch's inner rotor. The spinning of the rotor then winds the mainspring and powers the watch over time. There is no internal battery so usually the watch will stop running within 1-3 days.