All watches have the same purpose, to show the time, but they do not operate on the same way. Automatic and kinetic watches represent two different eras of watch manufacturing and two different approaches to reach one effect.
History of Automatic Watches
Before the automatic watch have been invented all watches had to be wound. The first automatic watch was invented by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet in 1770.
How Automatic Watches Work
Automatic watch work whenever the wearer does. Automatic watch work by motion of the watch’s internal rotor which moves every time the watch and person wearing it move. This rotary motion then winds the mainspring in the watch and this causing the watch continue ticking.
History of Kinetic Watches
The first kinetic watch was introduced in Germany by Seiko, a Japanese manufacturer, in 1988.
How Kinetic Watches Differ
Kinetic watch function similarly to automatic watch. Person’s movement powers both kinetic and automatic watches, but the process is different. Instead the powering a rotor, kinetic watch have a swinging weight that charges a piece of quartz that vibrates and holds a steady frequency. When this electrical charge is created, kinetic watch stores energy in capacitor.
Benefits of Both Watches
Both these watches, kinetic and automatic have their benefits. Kinetic watches need little to no attention, never need winding and are environmentally friendly. Automatic watches can be considered more of a novelty and with proper care they can last as long as desired.