Frequently Asked Questions

The most significant difference between Swiss and Japanese automatic movements is that Swiss movements tend to be somewhat more aesthetically designed and are hand made and are more luxurious and expensive. Japanese automatic movements, on the other hand, are built by robots and are extremely durable and reliable.  Ferro & Company carries a wide variety of affordable vintage style watches online in either Swiss or Japanese automatic movements, depending on your preference.

Mechanical watches are powered by a mainspring that is wound by hand. This allows the second hand to continually move in a smoother motion. Automatic watches are similar as they also have a mainspring, but they do not require winding for power. Instead, they are powered by a rotor which generates energy by natural wrist movements.

Due to the increased popularity, knowing how to tell time on single hand Swiss or Japan movement watches is essential. One-handed watches are designed differently, some are 12 hour (the hand rotates once every 12 hours) and some are slower 24 hour versions (the hand rotates once every 24 hours) depending on the watch brands. Here is how you can read a Ferro & Co one-handed watch in Distinct single hand Collections and 356 Porsche inspired single hand collection. The key to telling time effortlessly on this type of watch is to understand that the 12-hour dial is divided by 144 markers. Each marker represents 5 minutes on the one hand watch. With the combination of bold 15, 30, and 45-minute marks and a prominent needle pointer, reading time of the single hand Swiss or Japanese movement watches is simple and easy.

If you desire a quality watch but want to keep your budget under $1000, you should look for watches that are made with high-quality materials such as 316 L Stainless Steel metals, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, and high quality leather straps or stainless steel bracelets. Your price point will also depend on the type of movement you want. Ferro & Company has a wide variety of high-quality watches under $1000 with both Swiss or Japan movements. If you’re looking for any type of high quality vintage style wristwatch brand online, Ferro & Company will have precisely what you are looking for.

The finest quality watches are comprised of Swiss or Japanese movements, the highest-grade metals such as stainless steel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, fine leather straps or stainless steel bracelets as well as water resistance of at least 100 meters (except gold watches). To push the quality even further, Ferro & Company also offers scratch resistant watch cases on some of its models such as the Distinct 3 collection. Ferro & Company offers many flavors of high quality vintage style wristwatches online. You can browse our collection of high-quality watches.

A hacking seconds function stops the second hand when the crown is pulled out. This feature allows you to accurately set the watch’s time.

When choosing a suitable watch there are several things you should consider, such as:
- Consider your hand and wrist size
You want the watch to be proportionate to your hand and wrist size so that it is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable
- What type of watch movement do you want?
Mechanical, automatic, or quartz
- What type of style do you desire?
Dressy or casual

Lower quality watches use mineral glass or plexiglass. The best glass to be used on watches is sapphire crystal which is scratch resistant and is widely used by luxurious watch brands including Ferro & Company watches. Sapphire glass is made synthetically and is actually a crystal and not a glass.

Lug-to-lug is the distance from the tip of one lug to the matching lug on the other side of the watch case. This is an important measurement because it determines how well the case fits on the wrist.

When winding a mechanical watch, take the watch off of your wrist. You never want to wind the watch while you are wearing it. Once it is removed from the wrist, wind the watch with the crown. Wind it away from you with careful precision until you feel a building resistance. Wind until you can no longer turn the crown. Make sure not to use force when winding in order not to break the crown or damage the movement.