What you Didn't Know About the Watches of Switzerland
The watches of Switzerland are known throughout the world as being some of the most, if not the most, reliable watches for any individual. Not only are they gorgeous accessories, but they also provide a large variety of services when it comes to time measurement. If you are a watch enthusiast then it is quite unlikely that word about these watches has slipped past your eyes and ears, and if you have yet to dive into the fascinating world of Swiss watches then this is the perfect occasion for you to explore this mesmerizing world.
There are many details that people are not aware of when it comes to Swiss watches. One might consider that they are just “showoff accessories”. After all, who would spend millions of dollars on a watch that they are only going to wear on several different occasions and match it with a well-tailored suit? But there is more to the watches of Switzerland than meets the eye. Their precision and resistance are what people value most since they are the result of long-term research in gears. And these are not just common gears.
Some of them are actually so valuable that they were kept secret (mostly during the World Wars). If you are still questioning the importance of gears, perhaps this final detail will seal the deal for you: watches are almost exclusively made of gears. Designing them is no easy task and it is important to keep in mind that when a Swiss watchmaker sets out to make a watch, they will make them the most versatile and precise ones you have ever seen.
Watchmaking has been greatly appreciated throughout history and time has also made it easy for quality and precision to be achieved by any engineer or watchmaker who is passionate enough to put a part of their soul into making one.
But it is important to bear in mind that Swiss watches have withstood the test of time and that they are still considered to be the best. In the end, watches measure the most important unit a human being has at their disposition. Supposing that you are interested in buying a Swiss watch, it is essential that you keep a close eye on your budget. It might sound like superficial advice, but it is of great importance since you can expect find anything.
Literally, if you want to find a 100€ watch, you will find it. And if you want to purchase a 5 million € watch you will still find it. Any price your mind can grasp, it is out there. And there is a good reason for it too: watches are very much like cars, especially the mechanical ones. They need proper looking after and treating them with indifference is something that will surely make you regret your investment. Another interesting detail that might be overlooked is that top Swiss watch brands recommend that you have your accessory serviced once every three to five years. The lubricants that these watches require obviously wear out in time and you want to always take care of the watch’s moving parts. Any trustworthy brand will offer you all the required services for your watch not only as a sign of respect, but also as a sign of professionalism. Movement is also a key feature that needs attention from both the watchmaker and the buyer. There are two types of movement in watches: the classical mechanical movement and the modern battery-powered quartz. The mechanical movement is the complicated one since it requires that all the parts be assembled manually. Thus the effort to make the watch is consistent, takes a lot of time and translates into expensive pieces and maintenance.
Needless to say, mechanical movement is most important to watch lovers since they are aware of the effort that was put into it and because they feel different: you can sense all the movement within, it offers you a romantic experience and they are more durable. Interestingly enough, even though technology is making huge leaps every year, exceptional manufacturers such as Sellita or ETA are still making and are highly appraised for designing watches with mechanical movement.
Did you know that depth and width are actually two very important details when it comes to watches? If you are worried about watch case sizes you can put your worries to rest, at least with Swiss watches. The smallest pieces measure approximately 20mm in diameter and these are often the pieces that are designed for women. The pieces for men can plummet up to 50mm or more.
It is commonly agreed upon that the 30-36mm range is the “safe zone” for any man, but the trend has changed in the last decade leading to the acceptance of wider case sizes. Opinions vary on whether a 39mm or 42mm would be most suitable for a man, but it is all a matter of preference in the end. If you happen to be an ultra-thin fan, you will be glad to know that they are quite popular these days as well. Let us shine some light upon the obscure subject of water resistance: whatever is written on the case back is there mostly because it needs to be there, but do not take it literally. If a watch has a 30 meter water resistance it means that it can take the rain, but you cannot swim with it. If you want to swim, the 50 meter mark is what you are looking for. Two hundred meters are for extreme water sports and diving watches usually have a 500 meter water resistance. But take our word on this one: if you really want to go scuba diving you had best look for a watch that has a 1000 meter water resistance.
The more you want to use your watch in water, the more you will have to get it checked. This might not apply for everybody, but who are we to judge if you want to practice a great sport and look good at the same time? It is also a great idea to go for metal bracelets. The advantage relies in the fact that you can remove the links anytime. What usually happens is that Swiss watches come with a lot more links than you actually need and even though you are offered the service to have some of them removed, you can actually do it yourself. It is not at all complicated and there is literally no one else who can tell you how the watch needs to feel on your hand apart from yourself. Did we also mention that metal bracelets also look very cool and professional? Yes, they do.
If you want to obsess over Swiss watches you have a lot of reasons to do so. Amusingly enough, these reasons are called complications and they can be added to any high-end Swiss watch. Calendars, chronographs, second time zones, whatever you can think of in terms of time measurement, you will most likely find it in watches from Switzerland. And here is where the obsession comes in: the majority of these complications are designed to make these watches more fascinating than they already are.
People are actually interested in watches and calendars that do not need adjusting even after one year of wearing them. As a fun fact, there are individuals who are collecting Swiss watches and there is a chance that you too might be interested in doing so after going through all these wonderful details. Not to worry, nobody started with collecting 30 million € watches over night. It is all a matter of style and appreciation. Anybody can start with the simple things: a classical design that has always been appreciated. Some watches like the Omega Speedmaster of the Rolex Air King will maintain their value over the years and they will prove to be great assets to your collection. You will work your way through the stages if you are interested and then one day you will probably start aiming for Vacheron Constantin or Patek Philippe.
So let us make a summary of all the things that you might not have known about the watches of Switzerland to ensure that you are up to date. They are some of the most reliable watches in the world, very precise and crafted with a small part of the watchmaker’s soul into them. The gears which they are made of are a living result of all the research put into the craft. Always keep your expectations and budget on the same page since you can find anything you need for any convenient (or extravagant) price. Every professional watchmaker will offer services once every 3 to 5 years in order to maintain the accessory’s maximum quality. Take interest in waterproof features. Not everything you read should be taken literally.
If you are interested in the size of your watch, you can always start around 30mm, but trends indicate that men tend to go for larger sizes.
If you want to keep money in your pocket, try not to research watches too much, you might end up obsessing over them, but if you already researched too much there is nothing wrong with collecting them. There are plenty of people who already do.