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Audemars Piguet Millenary Lady Hand-Wound White Gold MOP Dial
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Audemars Piguet Millenary Lady Hand-Wound White Gold MOP Dial
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H.Moser & Cie. Monard Centre Seconds
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Chopard Mille Miglia
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Hublot Classic Fusion Yacht Club De Monaco
Hublot Classic Fusion Yacht Club De Monaco
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IWC Mark 11 RAF-issued British military pilot's watch Cal. 89
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Hublot Classic Fusion Fuente Titanium (Limited Edition)
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
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Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black
Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang All Black
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced
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Rolex SUBMARINER Blue Two Tone 16613
Rolex SUBMARINER Blue Two Tone 16613
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935 Everose Gold Bracelet Rare Chocolate...
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935 Everose Gold Bracelet Rare Chocolate...
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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak 41 Stainless Steel Black Dial
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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak 41 Stainless Steel Black Dial
C$ 25,316
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Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Grand Reverso Ultra-Thun Duoface Bleu Special...
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Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion WBC  (Limited Edition)
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Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion WBC (Limited Edition)
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II 46
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II 46
C$ 4,371
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SLS TIME
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Hublot Big Bang Caviar All Black
Hublot Big Bang Caviar All Black
C$ 9,994
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Koosh Jewelers
 
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Breguet Classique 3137
Breguet Classique 3137
C$ 24,651
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Rolex Daytona White 116520
Rolex Daytona White 116520
C$ 22,519
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Black Dial Men's Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Black Dial Men's Watch
C$ 50,900
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U-Boat U-1942 Very Limited Edition special No
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U-Boat U-1942 Very Limited Edition special No
C$ 36,311
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IWC Hunters Case Chain 14K
IWC Hunters Case Chain 14K
C$ 5,200
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Ref. 233.032 | rose gold time-only dress...
C$ 22,119
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Blancpain L-Evolution Chrono Flyback Super Trofeo (Limited...
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Blancpain L-Evolution Chrono Flyback Super Trofeo (Limited...
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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Pam580 Pam00580
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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Pam580 Pam00580
C$ 14,657
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SLS TIME
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Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Black Dial
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Black Dial
C$ 6,529
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Panerai LUMINOR BASE LOGO ACCIAIO - 44MM
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Panerai LUMINOR BASE LOGO ACCIAIO - 44MM
C$ 4,963
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 "James Cameron" 44mm
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 "James Cameron" 44mm
C$ 21,919
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Tourbillon Q1762470
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Tourbillon Q1762470
C$ 66,624
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Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
C$ 11,926
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Aaron Faber Gallery
 
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Patek Philippe Cacatrava
Patek Philippe Cacatrava
C$ 7,000
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Heuer Autavia 2446 Rindt | steel vintage chronograph | Mark 3
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Heuer Autavia 2446 Rindt | steel vintage chronograph | Mark 3
C$ 42,468
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A Collected Man
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 500 Fathoms GMT (Limited Edition)
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 500 Fathoms GMT (Limited Edition)
C$ 30,748
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Rolex Yacht-Master II
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Rolex Yacht-Master II
C$ 28,648
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SLS TIME
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Hublot Big Bang King Power 48mm All Black Unico
Hublot Big Bang King Power 48mm All Black Unico
C$ 14,657
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Omega Speedmaster Professional First watch in Space
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Omega Speedmaster Professional First watch in Space
C$ 4,737
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Brilliance and Grace
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Rolex DAY-DATE 40MM 228206 Ice Blue Arabic Dial
Rolex DAY-DATE 40MM 228206 Ice Blue Arabic Dial
C$ 87,277
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Richard Mille Asia Exclusive White NTPT Carbon Chronograph...
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Richard Mille Asia Exclusive White NTPT Carbon Chronograph...
C$ 259,831
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
C$ 24,224
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IWC Le Petite Prince Pilot Chronograph IW377714
IWC Le Petite Prince Pilot Chronograph IW377714
C$ 4,997
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Richard Mille RM003-V2 TI Dual-time Tourbillon in titanium
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Richard Mille RM003-V2 TI Dual-time Tourbillon in titanium
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Louis Vuitton Tambour
Louis Vuitton Tambour
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Panerai Luminor Due 42mm Pam728 Pam00728
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SLS TIME
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Cartier 18K Rose Gold Santos Dumont
Cartier 18K Rose Gold Santos Dumont
C$ 8,794
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A. Lange & Söhne (Like NEW)Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le...
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A. Lange & Söhne (Like NEW)Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le...
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Rolex DAY-DATE PRESIDENT
Rolex DAY-DATE PRESIDENT
C$ 16,856
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Corum Admiral's  Cup Competition
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Corum Admiral's Cup Competition
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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak 41mm Stainless Steel White Dial
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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak 41mm Stainless Steel White Dial
C$ 25,316
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Louis Erard Men's 1931 Collection Grey Dial Chronograph...
Louis Erard Men's 1931 Collection Grey Dial Chronograph...
C$ 5,062
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar | 5396R-001 | rose gold | full set
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar | 5396R-001 | rose gold | full set
C$ 41,583
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A Collected Man
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Green Faceted Roman Dial
Rolex Day-Date 40 Green Faceted Roman Dial
C$ 43,171
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Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Pam511 Pam00511
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Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Pam511 Pam00511
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SLS TIME
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronometer Co-Axial Blue Dial
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronometer Co-Axial Blue Dial
C$ 3,731
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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve
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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve
C$ 7,993
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Rolex MILGAUSS
Rolex MILGAUSS
C$ 7,968
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Rolex Datejust QS SS 18K YG Gold Pink Diamond Dial Sapphire
Rolex Datejust QS SS 18K YG Gold Pink Diamond Dial Sapphire
C$ 4,664
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 20th Anniversary 42mm White Gold Watch...
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 20th Anniversary 42mm White Gold Watch...
C$ 78,615
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Avi & Co NY
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Omega Speedmaster Mark 40 Triple Calendar
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Omega Speedmaster Mark 40 Triple Calendar
C$ 2,692
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 | gilt dial | Pepsi bezel | full set
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 | gilt dial | Pepsi bezel | full set
Price on request
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A Collected Man
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Rolex Daytona Leopard 18K Yellow Gold
Rolex Daytona Leopard 18K Yellow Gold
C$ 77,948
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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.

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.

Buying Advice

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 amplit