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An automatic movement operates differently than a standard quartz-movement—the kind of movement that drives the majority of Shinola timepieces. Quartz movements are powered by a battery that sends electricity through an electric circuit to a quartz crystal. The crystal then vibrates at a precise frequency, and the electric circuit generates one pulse per second. This pulsing drives the motor, turns the gears and keeps the watch ticking with precise time.
Unlike quartz movements, automatic movements do not have a battery. Instead, they harness their power from the movement of the one wearing the watch. As the wrist moves, the rotor oscillates and automatically winds the mainspring that stores the watch’s energy. This energy is released through a barrel to an intricate series of components, gears and jewels, driving the hands of the timepiece.
Quartz or automatic—it’s just a preference for the one wearing the watch. No matter the movement, Shinola’s timepieces are engineered to the highest standards of quality and are built to last.