Article: Why Mechanical Watches Still Matter in the Age of Smartwatches
Why Mechanical Watches Still Matter in the Age of Smartwatches
In recent years, smartwatches have become increasingly popular among consumers. These devices offer a range of features, from fitness tracking to text messaging, all from the convenience of your wrist. However, as smartwatches continue to dominate the market, some may wonder whether mechanical watches still have a place in today's world. below, we'll explore why mechanical watches still matter in the age of smartwatches, and why they are worth investing in.
The Art of Watchmaking
Mechanical watch movements are a true testament to the art of watchmaking. Unlike smartwatches, which are powered by batteries and rely on computer chips to operate, mechanical watches are powered by a series of gears and springs- precisely calibrated. Every mechanical watch movement is a work of art, with intricate designs and precision engineering that takes years to master. From the smooth sweep of the second hand to the gentle tick-tock of the escapement, a mechanical watch is a testament to the skill and expertise of its maker. It is amazing that sets of springs and gears can keep time at all, let alone within a few seconds a day!
The Importance of Tradition
Mechanical watches have been around for centuries, and they have played an important role in watchmaking tradition. Originally used for tactical and practical purposes, they quickly became a must have items; as fashion accessories, gifts, and status symbols. From the first pocket watches in the 16th century to the modern wristwatch, mechanical watches have stood the test of time. They offer a level of craftsmanship and design that simply cannot be matched by modern technology- each movement must be hand assembled. It is the unique designs, styles and mechanisms that are only possible with mechanical watches make them a true collector's item.
The Value of Timelessness
With the constant advance of technology smartwatches are designed to be disposable and quickly outdated, where mechanical watches are built to last. A well-made mechanical watch can last for generations, becoming a family heirloom that is passed down from one generation to the next. These timepieces offer a level of timelessness that simply cannot be matched by any other type of watch. The sentimental value that comes with owning a mechanical watch is something that simply cannot be replicated; they can be a daily reminder of the person who gifted you the watch, the special occasion or milestone you celebrated, or simply as a treat for yourself.
Choosing the Right Mechanical Watch
If you're interested in investing in a mechanical watch, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider the style of watch that you want. Do you prefer a classic look, or something more modern? Dive style, field or dress watch?
Next, consider the movement of the watch. Mechanical watches come in two main types: manual and automatic. Manual watches must be wound by hand, which adds a certain charm, where automatic watches such as our Murchison and Pilbara Series are self-winding via a rotating weight (though can also be wound by hand). While mechanical watches can be expensive, they are a worthwhile investment that will last a lifetime.
While smartwatches may offer a range of features and convenience, mechanical watches still have a place in today's world. They offer a level of craftsmanship, tradition, and timelessness that simply cannot be matched by modern technology. Similar to comparing a V8 engine to a hybrid car, there is just something special about having a mechanical movement beatin away and keeping great time. If you're looking for a timepiece that will last a lifetime and beyond, a mechanical watch is the way to go.