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A Guide to Understanding Watches: From History to Care

Mechanical watches have a fascinating history that dates back to the 16th century with Peter Henlein's invention of the 'Nuremberg Egg'. Initially, these early timepieces were more about style than precision, as they only showed hours. But with the addition of minute hand in the 17th century, timepieces became more accurate. Surprisingly, wristwatches were first made for women but gained popularity among men during World War I due to their practicality. After that, there were some big changes. In 1923, a British watchmaker named John Harwood made the first self-winding watch. Another big step happened in the 1970s when quartz watches came out. These watches were super accurate and gave everyone access to having a good watch.

Understanding How Mechanical Watch Movements Work

The inner workings of a mechanical watch, which give it life, rely on a complex system of springs and gears rather than relying on batteries. These movements can be divided into two categories: manual and automatic, each with its own unique characteristics and appeal that resonate with enthusiasts of tradition and classic elegance.

Different Types of Mechanical Movements

• Manual: you have to wind the watch yourself to make it work. It provides a peek into the detailed artistry of the watch movement, often visible through a transparent case-back.

• Automatic: These movements make use of the energy produced by the wearer's wrist movements to wind itself. Automatic watches tend to have a slightly higher weight due to the extra components needed for their functioning.

Watches at Royal Coster Diamonds

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The Reason Why Watches Are Set to 10 Past 10

Setting watches to 10:10 isn't just about aesthetics; it's also practical. This positioning prevents the hands from overlapping, ensures clear visibility of brand logos, and doesn't obscure additional features like date displays. Plus, it looks pleasing to the eye, resembling a smiling face.

The Role of Watch Winders

While not essential for every watch owner, a watch winder adds luxury and convenience, especially for automatic watches with multiple functions. It also serves as a stylish addition to your collection.

How to Take Care of Your Watch

Understanding Water Resistance Limits

Understanding your watch's water resistance is crucial to prevent damage. Different watches can withstand different amounts of water, and if you go over that limit, it can damage the insides of the watch. Make sure to check the instructions from the maker of your watch to see how much water it can handle. Even if your watch is supposed to be okay with water, you still shouldn't put it in hot water or steam.

Avoiding Exposure to Chemicals and Magnetic Fields

Avoid exposing it to chemicals or magnetic fields, as they can affect its accuracy. It is important to prevent your timepiece from coming into contact with harsh chemicals like perfumes, lotions, or cleaning products, as they can harm the watch case, strap, or the movement mechanism.

Proper Storage, Cleaning, and Servicing

Clean your watch regularly using a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dirt, grime, and sweat. Regular cleaning and servicing by a professional watchmaker ensure your timepiece stays in top condition.

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