Many novices assume that a movement that “ticks” more than once per second is a trait of high-end watches, but it’s actually nothing special. Nearly all mechanical watches, from Chinese and Japanese value lines to Haute Horology, tick at least 5 times per second! The smooth 8-beat seconds hand now associated with fancy Rolex watches isn’t the pinnacle of technology. Seiko and Zenith popularized 10-beat movements in the late 1960’s, and some exotic pieces tick even faster!
Let me tell you the story of a watch, and help illustrate a peculiarity of this hobby in the telling. International Geophysical Year In 1957, the world was optimistic. World War II had ended, atomic energy and jet engines were on the rise, and it appeared that science and technology could accomplish anything. Why, in […]