With two types of pocket watch movements available, choosing the right type to suit your needs is important. Whether you’re a collector or just love the intricate details on a pocket watch, you’re likely to have a prefered type of movement. Those watches that feature a quartz movement rely on a battery to power their mechanism; with quartz pocket watches being typically better suited to those who will be using the watch daily or on a regular basis, as it won’t require to be wound each day.
Quartz pocket watches use the same type of batteries as regular wrist watches and tend to last around 2 years before needing to replace the battery. The inner working of the pocket watch, such as the cogs and springs, cannot typically viewed in a quartz pocket watch due to extra materials being needed to house the battery. Therefore, if you’re wanting to enjoy the intricate internals, you’ll be better off choosing those with a traditional mechanical movement and skeleton dial. However, the main case types are still available for those pocket watches powered by a quartz movement, including open face, full hunter and double hunter.
Quartz movement pocket watches tend to be more accurate than their mechanical counterparts, mainly due to their constant running and ability to function without being wound every day. Despite this, they still display the time in the traditional way with a dial opposed to a digital display. Due to the complexity of the traditional mechanical movement, quartz watches tend to be less expensive - although there are exceptions. Take a look at our ‘choosing the movement’ page for more information on both quartz and mechanical movements.