We all own a few watches which have Japanese Movements and the others are Swiss Movements.
Movement refers to the interior mechanism of a watch that drives the timekeeping functions. In other words, the movement is the watch’s engine. This internal mechanism powers not only the hands, but also any complications such as the chronograph or sub dials.
Both Switzerland and Japan have a long legacy in the watch-making industry. Today most watch movements are still designed and manufactured in Switzerland or Japan.
There is always a battle between the two types of watch movements and, it seems, Swiss movement always emerges on top. Over the years technology has made strides towards improvement, but no matter what Japanese watch makers do, the quality benchmark associated with Swiss watches remains unparalleled, and also the fact that there is a long history behind Swiss movement, which can be traced back hundreds of years to the 15th Century. Japanese movement only came into being in the 20th Century.
The difference between the two watch movements is that Swiss movement is usually found in watches that are luxurious and expensive. Japanese movement is found in watches that are more practical and cost effective.Accuracy is also a major reason that high end watches use Swiss Movements .Swiss movement are more precise because of the manufacturing standards that Swiss watchmakers set a long time ago. And they have only been improved further, with the passage of time.
With regards to mechanism and movement, Swiss watches utilize the Swiss ETA Movement while Japanese watches are powered by the Miyota movement or the Seiko Movement . The Swiss ETA movement is regarded to be more precise than the Japanese movement and also the fact that Japanese movements are robotic-ally assembled. The Swiss still use hand assembly, and Swiss labor is pretty expensive.
With Swatch limiting the supply of ETA movements in 2019 to non Swatch partners, Watchbazar thinks the micro-brands and other corporate watch companies will rely on these alternatives when the time comes .They will be able to continue to improve…enhance….fine-tune the Miyota/Sellita movements as much as the ETAs.
It all depends on personal taste and being able to afford to purchase one good watch they’re all great watches Either Swiss Or Japanese but a watch with a name will go a lot father than a watch without one. Tradition, legends, and reputation go a long way to turning a regular watch into an extraordinary timepiece.