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The Japanese Automatic Watch Movement

Automatic Quartz is a collective term referring to various watch movements with self-winding mechanisms (often used in the Japanese automatic watch movement) to augment electricity in watches. Such movements are aimed to endow with the advantages of quartz sans its environmental impact of batteries.

Just like Swiss watch companies, Japan also produces their own movements that are rarely sold at an affordable price. Majority of Japanese watch movements are created by ETA – SA, a Swiss company famous for manufacturing a handful of models exported to other Swiss watch companies. The latter in turn will assemble these models for global distribution.

The Swiss Watch Industry is an authoritarian organization that has created a law on governing the use of Japanese automatic watches – particularly those with the “Swiss-made” logo. The law is based on the quality of Swiss watches that are carried out regardless of the amount of workforce.

The law states that 50% of the movement’s components must be produced in Switzerland while the other 50% will go toticino_2013_whitedial_001 Japan. This is to:

  • Ease the regulation requirements ensuring quality
  • Create a further economic scale in driving down costs

The Japanese Watch Movement’s History

While Swiss watch companies were mired by the so-called Quartz Crisis, Japan was then benefiting a lot from the Quartz Revolution. Although Switzerland began developing automatic quartz watches in the early 1960s, Japan established Seiko which later became one of the world’s premier watch companies. Seiko beat several big-time Swiss companies by introducing the Seiko QC-951 Crystal Chronometer. In December 25, 1969, Japan unveiled its first commercial automatic quartz watch called “Astron”. Throughout the 70s decade, Japan became the largest manufacturer and exporter of automatic quartz watches.

Quartz Watches from the Japanese Automatic Watch Movement

Since the 1960s, Seiko has produced small yet reasonably priced automatic quartz watches. Japan replaced bulky watch cases and minimized its battery life by reducing power consumption. Japanese automatic quartz watches are shock and water-resistant, and some of them have automatic alarm options. Japanese quartz watches are known for their accuracy, as many of them were used as official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Although both Japanese and Swiss automatic quartz watches are functional, the more quality ones make up the biggest exporter of watches in the world today. Banking on the success of brand new watches and investing on advanced equipment pushed Seiko to expand their sales in neighboring countries.

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Are GMT Watches the Type of Wristwatch for You?

A wristwatch is just a wristwatch, right? It is a handy way to tell the time. True, but what if there are more than two times that a person has to know of? These days, there are watches that are known as GMT watches, or Greenwich Mean Time watches. What are these watches, and who are the people who should use them?

What is a GMT Watch?

A GMT watch is a wristwatch that has two or more operational clock faces within the original clock face itself. What this means is that it is a watch with smaller watches inside. These smaller watches are also powered by the same mechanism that powers up the wristwatch, but they can be set in accordance to different time zones.

Different parts of the world have different times. While it is morning in California might not necessarily mean it is also morning in Korea. Because of the Earth’s size and shape, the sun hits different areas at different times, therefore causing different times on different areas as well.

Generally, the areas of the world are divided by lines—the GMT lines. Each line deviates from the central GMT line by an hour, so the state or country falling in a GMT line could have a time zone of GMT + 2, or GMT – 5, and so on.

A GMT watch can easily accommodate this discrepancy in time, as it can have two or more working clock faces.

Who Can Benefit the Most From a GMT Watch?

There are a number of people who can find good use for a GMT watch, most notably are those who travel to different states or countries frequently. Businessmen and women can now book flights and schedule international appointments without having to guess at the time difference between the areas involved. Having a GMT watch will also prevent blunders in setting up agendas and coming late because of misunderstandings in time.

Overseas workers (and their loved ones) can also use these watches, essentially to keep track of when to keep in touch with their families or loved ones abroad. Having two or more clock faces within a single wristwatch will enable people to tell if their loved one is sleeping or taking their lunch break.

Call center agents or telemarketers vying for a foreign market can also benefit from wearing a GMT watch. As most often is the case, the time differences between the agent and the customer makes the agent susceptible to mistakes in calling and in greeting the customer. This watch effectively discourages those mistakes.

What is The Time?

Still, there are no rules as to who can or who cannot wear a certain watch. If GMT watches are the wearer’s thing, then he or she is free to wear them. If anything, a GMT watch will make for a very interesting conversation piece. When a pretty young lady asks you for the time, you can smoothly ask back whether she would like the time in America, Italy, Japan—or anyplace!