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    Sweeping second hand

    Could use a little help here guys. Been reading a lot about a sweeping second hand in the last week or two. What is it? Like the Rolex?

    Why would it be so desirable on a G? Is it more like sapphire where a G doesn't need it but is "cool" to have? Any actual benefits?

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    Even i was wondering about this..

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    It would kill the battery on a quartz watch. That's why the second hand ticks once a second, to conserve the battery.

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    The only real sweeping hand is used in the Quartz Seiko spring drive watches.
    There the running of the clockwork is regulated by the quartz controlled RPM of a spring loaded disc.
    Rolexes dont use sweeping hands since they make several tics per second (which might be hard to see at a glance).

    I dont see spring drives in Gs.
    It might be an expensive exercise....

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    A sweep second hand is just a central second hand. It doesn't matter whether it ticks once a second, as on most quartz, or 5 or 6 times a second as on most mechanicals, they both 'sweep' the dial once a minute.

    Other second hands are in a sub dial and they are not described as sweep.

    Plenty of G Shocks have 'sweep' second hands already therefore.

    If you want a stutter free sweep it needs to tick at least 16 times a second as on some Bulovas. No mechanicals, apart from the hybrid spring drives, have a 'smooth' sweep they all stutter their way around.

    Quartz can produce truly smooth sweeps, heck I have one watch where the hand rotates at 10 times a second! It is just a blur on the dial. It is just a matter of battery life.

    On a solar, if you kept it charged all the time you could have a truly smooth sweep. However, without sunlight it would probably run down in 6 weeks or so.




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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    There seem to be two definitions of "sweep second hand" -- the new definition (or, I suspect, mis-definition) involves the "one tick per second" motion of the hand versus "multiple ticks per second so it looks like the second hand is continually moving."

    The OLD definition -- the one I grew up seeing in watch descriptions in magazines and catalogs -- is the one that's still in use by oxforddictionaries.com "A second hand on a clock or watch, moving on the same dial as the other hands," and miriam-webster.com"a hand marking seconds on a timepiece mounted concentrically with the other hands and read from the same dial as the minute hand."

    In other words, it's a full-sized second hand, rather than a second hand in a smaller sub-dial, as used to be common on a lot of (now-)antique watches.
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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    So the Aviators and MTG'S have it?



    Got it! Thank you guys!

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch100 View Post
    A sweep second hand is just a central second hand. It doesn't matter whether it ticks once a second, as on most quartz, or 5 or 6 times a second as on most mechanicals, they both 'sweep' the dial once a minute.

    Other second hands are in a sub dial and they are not described as sweep.

    Plenty of G Shocks have 'sweep' second hands already therefore.
    With all due respect I'm pretty sure that's not the generally accepted notion of a sweep seconds hand on WUS. I think the OP means a seconds hand sweeping like that of a mechanical watch as opposed to a once a second quartz tick.

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    Actually I was asking because I just started seeing this term but didn't understand what it meant. :)

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    Re: Sweeping second hand

    Quote Originally Posted by ShaggyDog View Post
    With all due respect I'm pretty sure that's not the generally accepted notion of a sweep seconds hand on WUS. I think the OP means a seconds hand sweeping like that of a mechanical watch as opposed to a once a second quartz tick.
    As I've said on another non-watch forum, just because a lot of people on the internet use the wrong term A LOT, that does not make it the right term!

    Here's another WUS thread on the subject that also suggests that "sweep second hand" means that the hand sweeps around the circumference of the dial: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f6/eta-...nd-946263.html

    Google "continuous second hand" or "smooth second hand" and you'll find quite a few other WUS threads about hands that don't "jump" once per second.
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