Breitling Watches Q&A

Q: What is the difference between a mechanical watch and a quartz watch?
A: Simply put, the difference is in the power source. Quartz watches are powered by batteries, while mechanical watches are powered by mainsprings. In other words, quartz watches use battery power to vibrate a crystal oscillator and electrically move the hands, while mechanical watches use the expansion and contraction of a mainspring to mechanically drive the hands through multiple gears. Incidentally, mechanical watches come in both automatic and manual winding varieties.

Q: What is the difference between manual and automatic winding?
AThe way the mainspring is wound is different. In the case of a manual winding, the mainspring is wound by hand using the crown, but in an automatic winding, the rotor rotates by a separate movement, winding the mainspring automatically. By the way, most of Breitling's mechanical watches are automatic winding, and only the Cosmonaut is a manual winding type.

Q: When is the best time to wind a manual watch?
The ideal way to wind a watch is to wind it all the way at the same time once a day. By always giving it the same amount of energy at the same time, the mechanical watch will run regularly. Also, when you wind the crown all the way, you will feel a sensation, so do not force it any further.

QDoes temperature difference affect the accuracy of a watch?
A: One of the components that determines the accuracy of a mechanical watch is the "hairspring," which is made of metal thinner than a hair. This metal has the property of expanding and contracting with changes in temperature. Therefore, the accuracy of a mechanical watch changes slightly depending on the temperature difference. If the temperature is high, the watch will tend to run slow, and if the temperature is low, the watch will tend to run fast.

Q: How long do I need to wear an automatic watch for it to be fully wound?
A The mainspring will be fully wound after about 12 hours of wearing it on your wrist. However, if your arm does not move much, it will not be fully wound, so you can wind the crown by hand about 40 times to compensate for the lack of winding. In the case of an automatic watch, you will not feel the mainspring being wound up even if you wind the crown.

Q: When can I fast forward the calendar?
A: It is best to avoid doing this between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. This is because the calendar is programmed so that the gears begin to mesh at around 8 p.m. and slowly separate over the course of the night until around 2 a.m. If you force the watch to fast forward during this time, the gears will be pulled and may cause a malfunction.

Q: Is it okay to wear a 30m waterproof watch in a pool?
A30m water resistance is also called water resistance for everyday life, and is water resistant to the extent that it can withstand rain or accidental splashes of water. Therefore, it is not suitable for swimming pools. Watches with water resistance of 100m or more are safe for swimming in pools. 30m water resistance: It is safe to get wet in the rain or accidentally get a little water on it. 50m water resistance: It is only safe to get water from the tap, such as when washing your face. It is strictly forbidden to put the watch in water. 100m water resistance: Basically, it is safe to go into a pool. Not suitable for vigorous swimming. 200m water resistance: Swimming and diving are also possible. Have the water resistance tested regularly.

QIs it okay to wear a mechanical watch when playing golf or baseball?
A The impact force of the golf club hitting the ball is said to be one ton. If you are wearing a mechanical watch, the impact will be large on the watch. In baseball, the impact of hitting and catching the ball will also put a strain on the watch, so it is better to take it off.

QIf my watch gets dirty, what should I use to wipe it?
A: Except for when a diver's watch has been splashed with seawater, the basic way to care for a watch is to wipe it dry. To remove dirt or sweat from the case, wipe it off with a dry, soft cloth or leather. For stains on the bracelet, ultrasonic cleaning (fees apply) is recommended.

QAre there any rules for placing the clock?
When placing the watch at an angle, it is best to place it with the crown facing down, and when placing it horizontally, with the dial facing up. It is also best to avoid leaving the watch in places with strong magnetic fields, such as near a television or audio device, in direct sunlight, or in hot, humid places for long periods of time.

Q Why are quartz watches so accurate?
A: Quartz watches, which usually only have an error of ±1 to 2 seconds per week, are said to be about 60 times more accurate than mechanical watches. The reason for this is in the "vibration" part. Quartz watches are powered by a battery that vibrates a quartz crystal, and because this quartz crystal oscillator (quartz) moves very stably, it transmits vibrations accurately. This is why the watch is so accurate.

Q: When should I bring out my overalls?
Overall disassembles mechanical watches into individual parts, cleans them, pours oil on them, and reassembles them. To make sure your favorite watch lasts a long time, it's a good idea to send it to Overall at least once every three years.

Q: Is there a way to distinguish between quartz and mechanical watches at a glance?
A: If it says "AUTOMATIC," then it is an automatic watch, but there is also a way to tell by the movement of the second hand. A mechanical watch has a continuous movement of the hand, while a quartz watch has a ticking motion once per second. Quartz watches use a lot of power to move the second hand, so they only move the hand once per second.

Q: When should I change the battery in my quartz watch?
If your device has a battery level indicator like the Aerospace, use that as a guide. If your device doesn't have one, it's best to change the battery regularly. A good rule of thumb is to change the battery once every 2-3 years.

Q: Does a perpetual calendar really never need to be adjusted?
A perpetual calendar has a complex mechanism that is built into the system up to leap years, but that does not mean that it will never need to be corrected. In 2100, there will be no February 29th even though it will be a leap year, in order to correct the discrepancy between the actual length of the Gregorian calendar and the solar year. Therefore, an adjustment must be made on March 1st of that year.