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    Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    A friend of mine told me he knows some automatic watches in which, the seconds hand move like in a quartz watch, I mean, sweeps one seconds at a time. Since I can not find any information on the internet about this, what do you guys have to say?
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    Re: Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    That would be a very slow beat automatic/mechanical. I suppose it can, but I do not know any movements that beat that slow.
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    Re: Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    I believe it's called a deadbeat movement
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    Re: Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    Quote Originally Posted by OzO View Post
    I believe it's called a deadbeat movement
    I'm not sure if this is serious or not, but I thoroughly enjoy the name either way.

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    Re: Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    ^^ it lists it as a 21600 bph movement, so I assume there is a gear inside that converts it to a lower beat for the second hand. come to think of it, this shouldn't be that hard as it's just a lower gear ratio compared to the minute/hour hand.
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    Is it possible he is referring to quartz watches with automatic charging, i.e. the Seiko Kinetic line?

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    Re: Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    Quote Originally Posted by DPflaumer View Post
    I'm not sure if this is serious or not, but I thoroughly enjoy the name either way.
    Indeed. I have heard these called dead beat or jump seconds. It seems to be a rather difficult complication to find, since most people prefer the "sweeping" seconds hand of a mechanical watch. (I say "sweeping" because the ticks on nearly all movements remain quite visible, even if there are more of them per second.)

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    Re: Can an Automatic Watch move like a quartz one?

    The Rolex Trubeat 6556 was a deadbeat movement. Here's one in action.




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