Electronic watches 'offer greater accuracy'

First published: 28-12-2011

Watch collectors who are considering investing in a new timepiece could decide to choose an electronic watch in order to get the best possible accuracy from their watch.

While watches are available with a variety of different movements, electronic devices have been suggested as offering the most precise time-telling by one expert.

Offering their advice on the type of watch to buy for those more concerned with the technical aspects of the device, rather than just how it looks, Francis J, editor of watchprojects.com, explained that most electronic watches are accurate to within a second a month.

This is compared with mechanical watches, which are at best only accurate to a second a day.

While mechanical watches could appeal to some people, the expert explained they will cost far more over time due to the maintenance and upkeep which is required of them.

"They should get a full service every five years, costing between ten and 25 per cent of the retail price," the horologist explained, adding that over 20 to 50 years, the wearer will have spent the retail price on the watch in maintenance alone.

By comparison, electronic watches only need to have their batteries changed around every three years and will take around 30 years for the wearer to spend the price of the watch taking care of it.

Mechanical watches will also generally work as long as they are being worn, while electronic models will last as long as there is a battery working inside the timepiece.

The expert also recently suggested that when picking out materials for a watch, stainless steel is often the best choice, as it is hardwearing and unlike alloy metals the colour will not rub off over time. 

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