There are two main categories of the movement type, the mechanical and the quartz one. The mechanical movement nowadays takes a small part of the market. A wound spring is the center stone of the mechanical movement. The spring accumulates the energy gained by winding. Then, it releases that energy through a system of smaller springs and gears. The mechanical movement has its charms, but they usually come with a lot higher price.
Quartz movement, on the other hand, is much simpler and far more effective. The power source of the quartz movement is a small battery. The battery sends electrical signals to a small quartz crystal, making it vibrate 32.768 times per second. Thus, the vibrations move the engine, the hands, and all the other features inside the watch.
The common mistake people make is thinking the quartz movement is a sign of low-end watches. The greatest watchmaking companies use quartz movement in their watches, along with the mechanical ones. The great quartz crisis, or opportunity, depends on the point of view, was the turning point in the horology. Quartz movement made watches affordable, while not losing on quality. In fact, the quartz movement is far more precise than the mechanical one. So, you can say the mechanical movement lost this battle.
Miyota company is a part of the Citizen Watch group. It was founded in 1959, in Japan. In 1980, Miyota started selling their movements to watchmaker’s companies.
In the year of 1981, their signature quartz movement, Caliber 2035 was introduced. With a battery lifespan of three years and a time-measuring precision of ±20 sec per month, this model was a hit. Made with top-quality metal parts, it was durable, reliable, and also repairable. In 1986, Miyota became, and still is, the biggest producer of the watch movements in the world. Caliber 2035 series achieved accumulated production of 1.7 billion pieces in 1999. Thanks to that, they made it into the Guinness World Record book. Thus, the model 2035 was sold fascinating 3.6 billion times by the year of 2005.
But, Miyota didn’t stop expanding. So, the year of 1989 was the debut of their Caliber 6P model. The Caliber 6P had a multi-function movement. Besides the classical hour-minutes option, Miyota introduced dials with more eyes, and moon-phase, dual-time and retrograde features. That was a major break-through. By adding the features to a quartz movement, Miyota opened brand new market opportunities. Bear in mind that these intricacies were previously reserved for the mechanical watches.
With the Caliber 0S in 1992, Miyota stepped into a chronograph watch market. With the start of a new century Miyota brought redesigned, slim movements for modern watches. Also, the new era of their mechanical watches has begun in 2009, with the new series of slim mechanical movements. In 2018, they issued a new Cal. 9039 mechanical movement for super slim sized watches.
“Delivering high-quality watches to as many people as possible”. That’s the Miyota moto. To accomplish that, they went through a lot of changes. Also, on their path, they made some stunning innovations. By constantly upgrading their watchmaking skills, they stayed on top. Miyota currently has eight different movement types to offer. You can choose from standard quartz to premium automatic movements. Every part of them is produced and assembled in Japan, to guarantee the quality of the final product. Also, that guarantees the easiness of disassembling and eventual repairing of the Miyota movements. Their state of the art modern production facility is located in Miyota’s Saku Factory in Nagano. The factory was finished in 2016. and produces a fascinating one piece of watch movement per second. Or, if you wish, 3600 high quality, precise mechanisms per hour.
As a responsible company, Miyota produces its fine movements in sustainable factories. Their factories put human and worker’s rights in first place, as well as the protection of the environment. In fact, Miyota Saku Factory is actually surrounded by a large green park. It consists of ca. 26 000 plants of more than a hundred different kinds. This park lowers the temperatures of the ground for the whole year. For further energy saving, the factory uses LED lights and compressors with maximum efficiency. Efficient modern air-conditioning systems also contribute to the lower CO2 emissions and energy saving. The Miyota company currently has 17 factories.
At Nordgreen, we carefully choose who we do work with. As a responsible company, we offer our customers only top quality watches. To assure that, all our partners and suppliers must satisfy certain standards. We chose to cooperate with Miyota for several reasons.
Firstly, they make only high-quality, top-notch mechanisms. All their products, much like ours, go through rigorous testing before they come out of the factory. Secondly, Miyota movements are made and assembled in Japan, and Japan only. That’s a sign of transparency, without any grey areas, and we like that. Thirdly, Miyota movements have an excellent price/quality ratio, and that plays a significant role for us. We want to offer our customers a fair price for the watches. And finally, their sustainable way of doing business is in compliance with ours. Protecting the environment and human rights is something we all must take part in.