‘If I like the way the watch looks, an off the shelf movement can be perceived as a bonus. It’s probably accurate, robust, and easy/cheap to service. I’ve tried to care deeply about having an interesting movement, but in the long run, if it runs accurately and robustly, I’m happy.’ – Caraptor, Member
Unless you have a spare millions pound available or a wealth of resources/experience too hands, you will not be able to create your own high calibre movement. With this in mind I aim to do what the vast majority of watch company’s do and utilise an off the shelf watch manufacturer’s movement.
Mechanical or Quartz
Two types of movements exist, Mechanical movements and Quartz movements.
Mechanical movements are traditionally used in luxury watch brands and use a mechanism to produce the time. These movements can be automatic (the user provides the energy via wearing the watch) or self-winding. The movements also can produce a ‘tick’ noise which some people prefer or a ‘sweep’ motion. The ‘sweep’ motion is the seamless transition between seconds, the smoother the sweep, the better quality of movement.
A Quartz movement is electronic, battery driven and uses quartz crystal. An electric oscillator synchronises with the pulsating quartz to produce a precise frequency and therefore time.
A quartz movement has electronics at its core, W1V2 will have an analogue feel and this should continue to the core. There is nostalgia to be had for the subtle sound of a ‘tick’ sound verse the visual effects of a smooth running second hand. With an automatic mechanical movement, you do not need to replace the battery or wind up the moment. Although It is advised that a mechanical watch is serviced regularly. An automatic movement with a ‘tick’ second hand will be chosen for W1V2.
Manufacturer of Movement
Various movement manufactures from around the world exist, the following are three that are held in very high regards in the watch industry: Ronda (Japanese), Seiko (Japanese), and ETA (Swizz). These
Chinese movements have been given a bad name, but companies such as Seagull who produce the ST2130 (a clone of the well-respected ETA 2824-2) are raising the bar. The ST2130 is an automatic mechanical movement that some people are using the replace their broken existing movements and given its proven reliability, this looks like a promising option the W1V2 movement.
Link for the Seagull St2140 vs the ETA 28242: http://www.borealiswatch.com/seagull-st2130-automatic-movement-based-in-eta-2824-2-movement/