Which Watches Don’t Need Batteries?

Many people assume that a watch must have a battery to work, but this is not the case. There are many alternatives sold in today’s market that are self-generated, without any need for one. Here we delve into how automatic and mechanical watches work and how they act as a great alternative to conventional timepieces.


Automatic watches do not require batteries as they are powered through the kinetic energy the wearer generates with the movement of their arm. These timepieces contain a rotating weight, and with the natural movement of the wrist, it winds the watch to give it power. They are also referred to as self-winding watches. They are incredibly ingenious as they are powered with almost any motion that you do during your normal day.

To keep an accurate time however, they need to be worn every day, as without any kinetic movement the watch stops winding. For the collector who likes to wear different timepieces depending on the occasion, a watch-winder can be used to keep it running. This device that gently shakes the watch in a holder when it is not being worn to keep the mechanism turning. 

Wolf Designs watch winders offer luxury holders to prolong the life of your watch. They simulate the natural movement of your arm to keep the watch running and at an accurate time.


Mechanical watches do not require a battery. Instead, they have a main spring that is used to power the watch. This then powers a balancing wheel that oscillates around four or more times every second. They are manually wound on a regular basis by the wearer. This could be every day to once a week. This depends on the type of spring used and how much power it generates per wind.

Thomas Earnshaw watches include a see-through skeleton design where you can see its mechanism rotating to generate power.

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