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Mechanical wristwatches

Mechanical watches look great and are highly sought after collectibles. This type of wristwatch needs to be wound and maintained to keep good time, as they do not rely on quartz like most modern watches. Some mechanical watches are automatic, being wound by movement in the wrist as you go about your day.

Wristwatches have always been popular pieces of jewellery for both men and women for centuries. Popular brands include Rolex, Seiko, Christopher Ward and more.

Brands

You can be assured of quality with a watch from any of any of the big brands. Rolex is often seen as the epitome of luxury watches. Often with hefty steel link straps, Rolex has produced many mechanical watches.

Many of the top brands will be Swiss made, this speaks quality. Chris Ward provides sleek and elegant watches, many of which are chronograph watches (with stopwatch functionality). Similarly, Seiko watches offer a lightweight elegance and a range of strap choices.

Quality, refinement, style

Mechanical watches are made up of many small mechanical parts working to drive the hands. These will often have to be maintained by a professional. However, the quality of these watches sets them apart from many battery operated options. Your wrist size may well dictate what watch you will go for, as a chunky face with steel strap may look silly on a slender wrist.

Watches with automatic winding are great for those who don't want to do too much maintenance as typically, they will last up to five days without needing to be wound manually.

Take your pick

Whether you're shopping for a classic round mechanical wristwatch or something a little more unusual like a rectangular or oval watch, you'll find something to suit. Look out for the number of jewels mentioned. High-end watches use jewelled movements to reduce friction and generally speaking, the more jewels a watch has, the longer its lifespan. Something worth considering if you're looking to save money as well as time.

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