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The Most Common Myths About Mechanical Watches Debunked

Common Myths About Mechanical Watches

Mechanical watches are marvels of craftsmanship, precision, and tradition. Each timepiece is intricately assembled to track time in its most classic form. 

Over the years, numerous myths have emerged about these timepieces. These myths have caused some confusion and misconceptions about their quality and maintenance. 

It’s easy to be swayed by romanticized tales of old-world watchmakers meticulously crafting each piece by hand. In reality, modern mechanical watches are often the product of both traditional watchmaking skills and cutting-edge technology.

Within this circle of timekeeping, we must acknowledge that not all information circulating about mechanical wristwatches is accurate. Many myths are based on outdated information or have been perpetuated by the allure of these exquisite devices. 

Our goal is to expose common myths about mechanical watches for what they are. Additionally, we want to highlight the true essence of a quality mechanical watch. In doing so, we hope to enhance your appreciation for these intricate devices. Consequently, guiding you toward making an informed decision should you wish to invest in a piece from our VOELEN Mechanical Collection

Demystifying Mechanical Movements

When we think of mechanical watches, we often envision the complexity and craftsmanship behind each tick-and-tock. Let's unfold the layers of history and technology that fuel these extraordinary timepieces.

Mechanical Watch Gear Movements

Understanding the Intricacies of Mechanical Movements

Mechanical movements, the heart of traditional watchmaking, are a symphony of small parts working in unison

The mainspring lies at the core of a mechanical watch. This tightly wound coil releases energy through the wheel train to the balance wheel. Oscillating back and forth, the balance wheel stays at a constant rate. 

This interplay with the escapement meticulously measures the energy to power the watch hands, weaving time with graceful precision. Mechanical movements exhibit an intricate dance of gears, embodying the art of watchmaking that VOELEN cherishes.

Comparing Mechanical and Quartz Movement Accuracy

While mechanical watches are esteemed for their precision engineering, quartz watches are lauded for their accuracy. Quartz movements employ a battery to send electrical impulses through a tiny quartz crystal, causing it to vibrate. 

These vibrations are remarkably consistent, driving the hands with infallible precision. It's said that a quartz watch is accurate to within a few seconds each month. In contrast, a mechanical watch is considered accurate if it is within a few seconds each day. 

However, despite quartz's accuracy, many of our customers at VOELEN are drawn to the character and distinct feel of a mechanical movement. Our timepieces are a timekeeping device and a statement of personal style and appreciation for finer mechanics.

Debunking Common Myths About Mechanical Watches

When it comes to mechanical watches, there's a trove of misconceptions about their upkeep and robustness. We're here to clarify the truth and provide you with the insights to make informed decisions about your timepiece purchases.

The Myth of Maintenance and Longevity

Maintenance is crucial for the longevity of a mechanical watch. While regular servicing is important, it typically isn't necessary more than once every five years. 

The watch movement is meticulously cleaned, lubricated, and calibrated during servicing. These steps ensure that your timepiece operates smoothly and accurately.

Servicing is not just about the internal mechanism. The case and seals are also checked to maintain water resistance. This is critical to prevent damage to diver watches or any watches that frequently come in contact with water.

The Myth of Water Resistance

A common myth is that a watch's water resistance guarantees absolute protection against wear and tear in aquatic conditions. 

However, the truth is that water resistance, expressed in meters, is more a measure of pressure resistance than a clear-cut indication of diving depth capability. A watch isn’t intended for diving with a 30-meter water resistance rating. Instead, it can withstand rain or accidental splashes.

Daily Use of Your VOELEN Mechanical Watch

The Myth of Wear and Tear

As for wear, mechanical watches like those from VOELEN are designed with daily use in mind. Their durability stems from a long tradition of craftsmanship and innovation in watchmaking. Regular wear actually contributes positively to the longevity of an automatic watch. Constant wrist movement helps to keep the watch wound.

Misconceptions About Automatic Mechanical Watches

There are several common myths about automatic watches, which can create confusion for consumers and watch enthusiasts alike.

The Myth Of Automatic Watches

One common myth is that automatic watches are not mechanical watches. 

This is false! Automatic watches are indeed a type of mechanical watch. 

They utilize almost all of the same parts and function similarly to manually wound mechanical watches. The main difference between the two is the presence of a weighted rotor in automatic watches. 

This rotor allows the watch to self-wind when worn by the user. Furthermore, the natural motion of the wearer's wrist winds the watch, eliminating the need for manual winding.

The Myth Of Required Service

Another myth is that automatic watches do not need to be serviced. 

Automatic movements indeed require less maintenance than their manual counterparts. However, it is still necessary to service these watches every 3-5 years to ensure optimal performance and longevity. 

Neglecting to do this can lead to decreased accuracy and eventual mechanical failure.

The Myth Of Accuracy

It is also a common misconception that automatic watches never gain or lose time. 

In reality, even the most finely tuned automatic timepieces can have a deviation of about 30-60 seconds per month. This is considered normal and is not an indication of a faulty watch.

The Myth Of Winding

Lastly, some people believe that it is harmful to wind an automatic watch using the crown. 

This is another misconception. 

Winding an automatic watch using the crown is, in fact, a recommended way to restart an automatic watch that has stopped due to not being worn. 

It is totally safe and won’t damage the movement.


Mechanical watches have been a mark of craftsmanship and style for centuries. They remain popular today even in the age of advanced technology and smartwatches. 

Many myths surround these timepieces, some of which may deter potential buyers or enthusiasts. By dispelling common myths, potential buyers and enthusiasts alike can have a clearer picture of what to expect when investing in a mechanical watch. 

With this information, they can appreciate the craftsmanship, quality, and innovation that make these horological masterpieces a sought-after luxury item.

We at VOELEN pride ourselves on designing wristwatches that blend durability, elegance, and precision. Understanding these myths allows us to appreciate our timepieces for what they are. They are marvels of engineering meant to be worn and enjoyed in all aspects of life.

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