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Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix 4400E/000A-B437 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date
Php 932,401
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AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202BC.OO.1240BC.01 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo White Gold Pink Index Dial...
Php 9,252,314
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361
US
Girard Perregaux Laureato 81015-11-001-11a New Steel 42MMmm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Automatic 42mm NEW
Php 1,176,486
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14
AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox 141848J New Steel 40mmmm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox Limited Edition 1/500
Php 782,662
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14
AE
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Grandes Complications Tourbillon, 5-days power-reserve...
Php 3,929,201
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58
CH
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding The Philippines, Antipolo
Rolex Oyster Precision
Php 80,000
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PH
F.P.Journe Souveraine Chronomètre Souverain Very good Platinum 40mm Manual winding
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F.P.Journe Souveraine Platinum Full Set
Php 2,374,141
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258
CZ
Girard Perregaux 99290-52-951-BA6A Unworn
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Girard Perregaux Planetarium Tr-Axial Tourbillon
Price on request
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55
US
Girard Perregaux WW.TC 49800 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Ww.tc world time chronograph
Php 654,525
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129
CH
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49002/3 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Chronograph 18K Gold Herrenuhr...
Php 597,403

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Omega Omega Cal 286 18K Gold Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Omega 18k Gold vintage Cal 286 1962
Php 98,119
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156
HU
Vacheron Constantin 6394 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Stunning 36mm Vintage 60´s 18kt Yellow...
Php 416,218
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801
ES
Rolex Datejust 116233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36 Reference #: 116233
Php 568,303
Professional dealer
80
US
Breguet Classique 5287BR/92/9ZU New Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, double seconds totalizer,...
Php 1,600,544
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58
CH
Orient 469DE3-60 CA Very good Steel Automatic The Philippines, Bacolod
Orient Classic Vintage Mid 70s
Php 5,200
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PH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118/1200A-011 Unworn Steel 35.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ladies 7118/1200A-011
Php 3,772,444
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662
DE
Omega Constellation Ladies 123.20.35.20.58.001 New Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation 123.20.35.20.58.001 CO‑AXIAL 35 MM
Php 328,269
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850
US
Zenith El Primero 01-0200-415 Very good Steel Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Tv with full revision 2021 zenith
Php 327,263
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129
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, Cebu City
Rolex Submariner Date
Php 628,124
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PH
Bulova 4414101 (caseback) or 1373.11 (dial) Good Steel 36mm Automatic The Philippines, Taguig City
Bulova Super Seville Day Date
Php 27,000
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PH
Seiko 5 SNKK47 Good Steel 38mm Automatic The Philippines, Pasay
Seiko SNKK47 SEIKONAUT BLACK DIAL
Php 19,940
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PH
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49140 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
Php 830,652

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Omega Very good 58mm Manual winding The Philippines, BAGUIO CITY
Omega Railway
Php 59,821
Private Seller
PH
Omega Seamaster DeVille 165.002 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Cainta
Omega Seamaster Deville
Php 58,176
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PH
Seiko Prospex SPB147J1 Very good Steel Automatic The Philippines, Mandaluyong City
Seiko Prospex
Php 44,816
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PH
U-Boat Classico 2269 Good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, 1221
U-Boat Classico Cas 1/45
Php 75,200
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PH
Panerai Radiomir PAM00294 Very good 47mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Panerai Radiomir Historic PAM 294
Php 1,000,000
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PH
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, chronograph, blue sapphire cabochon crown,...
Php 702,612
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CH
TAG Heuer Aquaracer WAF2111 Good Steel 38mm Automatic The Philippines, SANTA ROSA CITY
TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Php 45,000
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PH
Seiko 792880 Fair Steel Automatic The Philippines, Bacolod
Seiko 6308-8030 Vintage Late 70's
Php 3,800
Private Seller
PH
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, makati
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Php 1,750,000
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PH
434 Very good 55mm Manual winding The Philippines, BAGUIO CITY
Thomas Russell Liverpool UK Hallmarked Silver Pocket Watch
Php 34,896
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PH
Oris 733 7533 8454 07 4 24 34EB Good Steel 44mm Automatic The Philippines, Meycauayan City
Oris Diver Date
Php 35,000
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PH
Rolex Datejust 126300 Good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Makati City
Rolex Datejust
Php 451,763
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PH
Bulgari Solotempo D90627 Very good 35mm Automatic The Philippines, 6014
Bulgari Solotempo
Php 40,000
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PH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox 141848J Very good Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, 1115
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox
Php 750,000
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PH
Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, new, rose gold, hand-guilloched...
Php 1,333,877
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CH
Seiko Presage SRQ019J1 Very good Steel Automatic The Philippines, Makati
Seiko Presage Seiko 60th anniversary limited chronograph
Php 165,000
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PH
Seiko 6S28-00B0 Fair Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Seiko Brightz Phoenix SAGH001
Php 54,836
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PH
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326135 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Metro Manila
Rolex Sky-Dweller
Php 1,828,588
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PH
Blancpain Villeret 6595 Very good Yellow gold 33.5mm Automatic
Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Kalender Mondphase 18K Gold...
Php 284,421

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Tudor Prince Oysterdate 74000 Good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Taguig City
Tudor Prince Oysterdate
Php 93,000
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PH
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic PAM 00104 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic The Philippines, 6014
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
Php 232,668
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PH
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 16253 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila City
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph
Php 260,000
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PH
1790 Very good 55mm Manual winding The Philippines, BAGUIO CITY
John Walton London Pair Case Hallmarked Silver Pocket Watch
Php 89,732
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PH
Seiko 5 834708 Very good Steel Automatic The Philippines, Bacolod
Seiko 5 6309-8800 Vintage Late 70s
Php 3,800
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PH
Seiko 4R36-08D0 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean Manta Ray Edition" King Turtle...
Php 28,664
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PH
Breitling Colt Automatic A1738811/BD44/173A Very good Steel 44mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Breitling Colt Automatic
Php 119,743
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PH
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 66-04-04-02-05 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding The Philippines, Muntinlupa
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL
Php 500,000
Private Seller
PH
Omega Genève Tool 102 waterproof Very good 30mm Automatic The Philippines, 6014
Omega Genève
Php 25,000
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PH
Rado Florence R48744143 Good Steel 22mm Manual winding The Philippines, Calamba
Rado Florence Women's Quartz Watch R48744143
Php 17,448
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PH
Omega De Ville Hour Vision 431-30-41-21-01-001/ Very good 41mm Automatic The Philippines, sta. rosa laguna
Omega de-ville-hour-vision-co-axial-41mm
Php 179,728
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PH
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT PAM 00233 Good Steel 44mm Manual winding The Philippines, Metro Manila
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT
Php 468,600
Private Seller
PH
Baume & Mercier Clifton M0A10053 Good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Baume & Mercier Clifton
Php 72,284
Private Seller
PH
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1Z.FT6044 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01
Php 220,000
Private Seller
PH
IWC Big Pilot IW500912 Good Steel 46mm Automatic The Philippines, Metro Manila
IWC Big Pilot
Php 463,615
Private Seller
PH
Breguet Classique 8788BR/29/986 DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, moon phase, power-reserve indicator, ...
Php 1,028,146
Professional dealer
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuh...
Php 165,416

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Omega Omega Gold Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
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Omega 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr 1923
Php 98,119
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156
HU
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 25859ST Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet 1997 Automatic 39mm Chronograph Jules Audemars...
Php 654,228
Professional dealer
801
ES
Panerai Luminor Power Reserve PAM 01090 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve Reference #: PAM01090
Php 294,121
Professional dealer
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Tudor Black Bay 79230G Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Harrods Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
Php 309,412

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Weissgold Handaufzug...
Php 526,595

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique 250.8.86 Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Handaufzug Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
Php 209,448

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Mechanical Watches: Technical Masterpieces

The mechanical watch is one of humanity's most important cultural innovations. For centuries, watches have been keeping track of time. Today, there is a myriad of environmentally-friendly mechanical watches running precisely without a battery.


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Highlights

  • Watchmaking art - a fine piece of craftsmanship on your wrist
  • Incredible variety: a watch for every budget and taste
  • No batteries required: manual and automatic calibers
  • Famous diving watches such as the Rolex Submariner
  • Inexpensive automatic watch: Tissot PRS 516

Mechanical Watches: A Cultural Revival

Watch lovers and collectors have been enthusiastically celebrating mechanical watches for decades. Wristwatches from Rolex or Patek Philippe are considered some of the most coveted luxury watches there are, and for good reason. Both manufacturers produce mechanical timepieces that are valuable and maintain their worth. Some vintage models and limited editions even increase in value over the years.

However, there was a time when mechanical watches had a difficult time surviving. With the rise of inexpensive quartz watches in the 1970s, many watch manufacturers found themselves in extreme hardship. Some brands were forced to quit and have since disappeared; today, they are only known by watch experts. Before the quartz boom, mechanical wristwatches and pocket watches were everyday items. If you wanted to know the current time, you needed a watch, and at that time, most had a mechanical movement. However, since quartz watches were less expensive than their mechanical siblings in the mid-1970s, quartz timepieces almost completely wiped mechanical ones off the map.

Mechanical watches experienced a comeback in the beginning of the 1980s, however. Watch lovers and collectors rediscovered the charm of a ticking mechanical movement, and felt able to accept deviations of seconds or minutes. However, it was really about the technology and precision engineering inside the watch. Since most manufacturers switched to making quartz watches, fans of mechanical watches had to find these timepieces at flea markets, auctions, and in leftover stock. In those days, it was easy to get a good bargain. That changed a few years later when the demand for old mechanical watches exceeded the supply. Traditional watch manufacturers noticed this change and began to offer mechanical watches in their collections once again. New brands and manufacturers also began to spring up in abundance, such as the German brand Nomos. Roland Schwertner founded this business in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Classic watchmaking has been experiencing a renaissance and a completely unexpected boom in sales. Wristwatches have transformed from a basic commodity to a status symbol for both men and women.


Introductory Mechanical Watches

There is an abundance of mechanical watches, from inexpensive pre-owned or new models to mid-priced new watches to exclusive pieces which can cost upwards of a million euros. You can find pre-owned vintage watches from brands such as Seiko for less than 100 euros . These watches are often in good condition and are an inexpensive introduction to the world of mechanical watches. You can also find new watches from Japanese manufacturers such as Citizen, Orient, and Seiko in the 100 - 200 euros price range. There are many manufacturers, such as Junkers or Zeppelin, that use Japanese movements from Miyota in their introductory models. Miyota is Citizen's caliber department.

Swiss mechanical watches are also available at inexpensive prices. A used, vintage Tissot watch costs between 100 and 400 euros. A new Tissot PRS 516 , one of their most famous and popular models, costs around 500 euros. A highlight in this collection is the Powermatic 80 variant, with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. It's available for around 700 euros; usually, watches with long power reserves cost a few thousand euros. With an added stopwatch function, a used PRS-516 costs around 1,000 euros. New watches from this series cost around 1,600 euros. Mechanical watches from Certina, Hamilton, or Longines are in a similar price range to Tissot's.


Luxury Mechanical Watches from Omega and Rolex

The Swiss watch manufacturer Omega has an excellent reputation in the watch industry. Their timepieces are defined by their innovative technology, appealing designs, and an excellent price-performance ratio. One of Omega's most popular models is the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. This chronograph was the first to reach the Moon. Pre-owned models in very good condition are available for around 2,500 euros. New, the Speedmaster Professional costs at least 3,000 euros. Special editions like the Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition have doubled in value: originally, the watch cost 5,900 euros, while it now costs 12,000 euros new.

Rolex is probably the most famous watch brand worldwide. There's no other brand that stands for luxury and prestige like Rolex does. The Submariner and the Daytona are two of the most sought-after Rolex models. The bicolor Daytona is available pre-owned starting for around 8,500 euros. Pre-owned Daytonas made of stainless steel, however, cost at least 10,000 euros. New, the bicolor model costs 10,000 euros; a new stainless steel model costs around 14,000 euros. Stainless steel Rolex watches are especially in demand and thus maintain a more stable value. The Paul Newman Daytona is also quite popular. This model can be identified by its contrasting dial edges and subdials. The numbers on the dial are in an Art Deco style. Models with reference number 6239 are particularly rare. If they feature a Paul Newman design, these watches can easily cost over 100,000 euros.

The Rolex Submariner, one of the first diving watches ever produced, is available pre-owned for around 4,500 euros. New models without a date display and the distinctive date magnifier cost about 6,000 euros. With a date display, the Submariner costs around 7,000 euros. A vintage Submariner with reference number 1680 and red writing on the dial costs between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. It earned its nickname "Red Sub" thanks to its characteristic red text.


Manual Winding Mechanical Watches

Every mechanical movement has multiple gears. In each movement, the energy for the movement of the wheels comes from a specific storage. In large grandfather clocks, these are weights attached to chains, and the chains must be pulled in order to wind the movement. Pocket watches and wristwatches, on the other hand, have mainsprings which can be wound via a key or a crown. The potential energy stored in the wound mainspring is released to the train in a controlled fashion. Mainsprings were also what made it possible to downsize movements. Another pioneering invention was the concept of crown winding, which made easy-to-lose keys obsolete. One of the first pocket watches with crown winding came from Louis Audemars. The business introduced this watch feature in 1838. You can also set the hands using the crown.

A mechanical movement functions very simply in theory. The mainspring receives its energy via the crown, winding stem, and wheels of the winding system. In order to prevent the mainspring from suddenly unrolling, there's a small stopwork. The train reduces the high force of the mainspring. The train's transmission is calculated so precisely that the seconds wheel makes a full rotation every minute. The escapement is located at the end. It's comprised of a pallet and an escape wheel. The escapement prevents the train from going out of control, and it ensures the watch keeps running by forwarding tiny force pulses to the balance wheel. The balance wheel keeps the pace of the movement, oscillating back and forth. It's comprised of the balance rim and balance spring, which is the beating heart of every mechanical caliber. Without the balance spring, the balance wheel along with the entire movement would stop moving after a short time. Thus, the escapement and oscillation systems form the base of every mechanical watch.

The motion train is located under the dial. Generally, this reduces the center wheel's number of revolutions by one-twelfth. The center wheel makes one rotation on its own axis every 60 minutes. Thus, the hour hand makes one full rotation every 12 hours.

Several different manufacturers are still producing manual winding mechanical calibers, such as Junghans, Nomos, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Technical Details of Manual Winding Watches

  • Movement design allows for flat cases
  • Manual winding
  • Runs without a battery for up to 8 days

Automatic Mechanical Watches

The invention of automatic winding revolutionized the mechanical watch, as automatic watches wind themselves just by being worn. The regular morning ritual of winding your wristwatch ceased to exist. In order for the watch to automatically wind, a rotor is used. Thanks to the constant force of gravity, it's always being pulled towards the center of the Earth. When you move your arm up and down, the rotor rotates around in the case and winds the mainspring.

Winding occurs uni- or bidirectionally, depending on the movement. A bidirectional winding system has the advantage that the movement's winding rotor is wound to the right and to the left. A unidirectional winding system powers the movement by winding it in one direction. Therefore, it takes longer to fully wind the watch. The Pellaton winding system is an especially efficient winding system. It winds the movement bidirectionally, using small movements of the oscillating mass. The inventor of the Pellaton winding system was Albert Pellaton, the technical director at the International Watch Company from 1944 to 1966.

Both winding systems have a so-called reduction gear. This converts the fast movements of the rotor into slower ones with a higher torque. The end of the mainspring is not directly connected to the barrel. Rather, the end is connected to the so-called slipping spring so that the mainspring doesn't break off. When the movement is fully wound, the slipping spring slides along the inner wall of the barrel.

Mechanical watches with an automatic caliber have many advantages to offer. For one, they're convenient, as they don't need to be wound by hand. They also don't require batteries to run, making them generally more environmentally friendly than quartz watches. Generally, automatic movements are also more precise than manual movements, as the oscillating mass provides constant tension to the mainspring. That involves constant torque, which positively affects the amplitude. Amplitude is a term referring to the degree of rotation the balance wheel moves per oscillation.

Amongst watchmakers, the in-house, automatic Rolex calibers are considered some of the best, most robust, and most precise movements in existence.

Technical Details of Automatic Watches

  • Wind automatically while being worn
  • Often more precise than manual winding watches
  • Environmentally friendly: no battery

Mechanical Watches with Special Complications

Most mechanical watches limit themselves to displaying the time and the date. Automatic winding is one of the most common complications utilized in watches. A complication is a function of a mechanical movement that goes beyond displaying the hours, minutes, and seconds. Watchmakers also differentiate between small and large complications. Small complications are, for example, date or day of the week displays or power reserve indicators. A diving watch's rotatable bezel, moon phase display, or a GMT watch's second time zone are also small complications. Complications like minute repetition, perpetual calendars, and large and small striking works are considered large complications . A stopwatch function is also a large complication. In comparison to a perpetual calendar, a stopwatch function is similarly intricate, but more common and much less expensive.

The Swiss manufacturer Patek Philippe is known for their especially complicated watches. Their 1932 Graves Supercomplication pocket watch, as well as the Calibre 89 from 1989, are considered some of their most intricate pieces. The Graves Supercomplication, a special project for the New York banker Henry Graves, Jr., has an impressive 24 complications. Among these complications are a perpetual calendar, double chronograph to time intervening periods, and different astronomical displays. In 1989, the Calibre 89 replaced the Graves Supercomplication as the most complicated pocket watch in the world. The Calibre 89 has 33 different functions and remains one of the most complicated pocket watches in the world to date. It has a full perpetual calendar, a split-seconds chronograph, an indicator for the moon's age and phases, astronomical functions, a minute repeater, an alarm, and both a grande and petite sonnerie.

One of the most complicated wristwatches in the world is the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime with 20 complications. The timepiece has multiple acoustic complications, such as a minute repeater, petite sonnerie, grand sonnerie , an alarm with time strike, and a perpetual date repeater. The watch can also function as an alarm. It can even chime the time. Furthermore, it displays a second time zone, a perpetual calendar, power reserve indicators for the going train and strikework, a day and night display, and a moon phase display. The caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM, which powers the Grandmaster Chime, is comprised of 1,366 pieces. The watch's red gold case is very finely chiseled, and in order to display all of the complications, the watch has a dial on the front and back side. Patek Philippe calls this "double face." There are only seven Grandmaster Chime watches in the world, one of which is located in the Patek Philippe Museum. This extravagant watch costs around 6.4 million euros.