Did watches used to have convex dials?

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    Did watches used to have convex dials?

    I'm speaking of watches in the 1970's or earlier. A lot of times when I see a watch up close in an older movie, it appears to have a dial that "bubbles" out in front. But I don't really see any new watches like this. I see two possible explanations.

    (1) Watches used to have more curved crystals, which gave the illusion of a curved dial.

    (2) There used to be more mechanical watches which would have required more room for the bigger movement, as opposed to quartz watches of recent decades. It's hard to tell these days because, along with the renewed popularity of mechanical watches, there is a trend towards larger watches. The larger watches these days would have ample room for a larger movement, thus eliminating the need for the "bubble" case.

    I would appreciate any info. Thanks.

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    Re: Did watches used to have convex dials?

    Domed dials were very popular back when "thin was in." It allows the case to be thinner as the hands and dial are mostly in the dome of the crystal.

    The 2824 and all it variations still have clearance built in to them to accept this style of dial.

    The reason for their absence today is a sad but expected one; it is more expensive to make and print a curved dial than a flat one, generally they require a curved date wheel which is also more expensive. Also, the preference for sapphire crystals (which are cheaper if flat) requires the walls of the case to rise to the level of the top ( or near the top) of the crystal, so the advantages of the domed dial are lost.

    But I believe that they are more attactive:

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    Re: Did watches used to have convex dials?

    Yes, I think they are attractive, too. That is awesome info. Thanks.

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    Re: Did watches used to have convex dials?

    Well, they aren´t wide spread but Glashütte Original just started the revival at Baselword this year: The Senator Sixties.



    If interested you may have a look at our German Watches Forum or search for my Baselworld 2007 report.

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    Re: Did watches used to have convex dials?

    It's interesting how you mentioned the cost involved in producing these dials. But they were even common in Timex watches with the cheap pin-lever movements, unless I'm mistaken.

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