Category: Glossary & Terms

What Is the Guilloché of a Watch?

Categories: Audermars Piguet, Glossary & Terms, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

Guilloché (phonetically pronounced gee-oh-SHAY) is a form of decoration for watch dials, which give the dial depth and visual complexity as you can see from the Audemars Piguet example above. Guilloché is most often applied to silver and black dials via … Read More

What’s the Difference Between Automatic and Manual Watch Movements?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia, Watchmaking

Although the vast majority of Swiss watches sold are powered by a quartz movement, watch afficionados prefer mechanical movements because of their unique blend of art, engineering, and human ingenuity. There are two major variants. An automatic mechanical, usually just called … Read More

What Is the Geneva Seal?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Other Swiss Watch Brands, Patek Philippe, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia, Vacheron Constantin, Watchmaking

The Geneva Seal was created in 1886 to identify timepieces built following Geneva, Switzerland’s traditional watchmaking standards. To receive the coveted Geneva Seal, a watch movement previously had to meet 12 strict quality criteria—ranging from materials to finishing—and it had … Read More

What’s an ‘Anti-Magnetic’ Watch Movement and Why It’s Important

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Omega, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia, Watch Tech

The movement of a mechanical or quartz watch can be disrupted if it comes near a strong magnetic field. Magnetism is common in a wide variety of electronic products, automobiles, and kitchen utilities, such as refrigerators. Many Swiss watches claim … Read More

The Watch Jewels Myth

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

You often hear people say that the more jewels in a mechanical watch movement, the better. A standard mechanical watch movement requires 17 or 18 jewels but more than that doesn’t mean it’s better. Two watches with identical performance may contain … Read More

What Is the Aperture of a Watch?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Rolex, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

The aperture of a watch refers to a small opening on a dial that reveals certain information, such as date, day, month, power reserve, or moon phase. Probably the most well known example is the Rolex cyclops which magnifies the … Read More

Why Do Some Swiss Watches Have Blue Screws?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

If you’ve seen more than a handful of fine Swiss watch movements, chances are you’ve come across one fitted with screws which were colored blue. This is more for decoration than function. Although the bluing can be done by chemicals, the … Read More

What Is a Shock Resistant Watch?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

You’ve seen it advertised before: this [insert name of watch here] is shock resistant. But what does that really mean? According to the U.S. government, a watch is considered shock resistant if it can withstand an impact equal to that … Read More

What Is the Difference Between a Manual and an Automatic Watch?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Omega, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

A manual watch, also referred to as a hand-wound mechanical watch, slowly unwinds the mainspring in an even motion releasing energy that powers the timepiece over a period of time. An automatic mechanical, usually just called an automatic, requires no … Read More

What Are Watch Jewels Made of?

Categories: Glossary & Terms, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia

Watch jewels, which help lubricate a watch’s movement, are made of synthethic sapphires, such as rubies. Natural jewels, including diamonds, sapphires, and rubies, were used from 1704-1902 before synthetic jewels were invented by Auguste Verneuil, a French chemist. This made … Read More

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