Mechanical Watches

Mechanical watches have stood the test of time, even as battery-powered options have come into the market. Also known as manual watches, these operate without any kind of power supply, and are often beloved because of this feature. If you’re in the market for a mechanical watch, then check out our collection below.

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What Is A Mechanical Watch?


Mechanical, or manual, watches are where the term “clockwork” originates from, as this is exactly how they work. By using a hand-winding method, the clockwork parts measure time in accurate intervals. The mainspring is wound, and this energy is sent through the gears to the balance wheel, which is weighted to ensure the time measurements are consistent. This energy is then sent to an escapement which creates the iconic tick that these kinds of watches are known for.


While many modern mechanical watches also make use of a watch jewel, similar to a quartz watch, they do not use them in the same way. Instead, it serves to help with friction inside of the device.


These mechanical watches are often hand wound, with the owner needing to keep track of how long it has been between winding the watch to ensure the time continues to tick. For many owners, this is a part of the charm.


Types of Mechanical Watches


Mechanical watches often come with a variety of different appearances, metals, and designs. In terms of aesthetics, many will choose a silver, gold, or black watch to adorn their wrist, but other options and parts of the design often define the watch as a whole.



Bracelet Mechanical Watches


Bracelet mechanical watches are fully metal around the wrist. To many, this is the quintessential manual winding watch, working as a perfect accessory and a great timekeeper all in one.



Leather Mechanical Watches


Leather straps provide a different, more flexible feel to mechanical watches. While often coming in brown and black, other colours are available here at Ramsdens. Plus, they match wonderfully with full gold and silver timepieces, meaning that there is no loss in the aesthetics in exchange for the comfort.



Rubber and Fabric Mechanical Watches


While less common than bracelet and leather straps, fabric and rubber straps for mechanical watches are available. These can come in countless different weaves and designs, from more rugged and durable rubber shapes to stripes for the fabrics.



Preowned Mechanical Watches


Preowned watches may not be someone’s first thought when it comes to buying a mechanical watch, but when you consider the history behind these timepieces it makes perfect sense. Ramsdens prides themselves on keeping a great stock of preowned options available online, and with a 14 day returns period you can buy with complete peace of mind. Buying a quartz watch is a great way to add style and functionality to your day-to-day life without compromise.


Want to learn more about the different kinds of watch movements? Why not take the time to read through our ultimate watch movement guide so you can make the best purchase for your needs?

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