Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

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    Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    Do you like to hear the rotor in an automatic watch when you shake the watch close to your ear? I actually like that whizzing sound and appreciate the subtle differences there are. I saw a guy once who could tell the car make and model by the sound of the door closing. I wonder if people can do that for watches.

    When I hear the rotor it reminds me of the mechanical nature of the watch and of how it interacts with me.

    What I also would like is not hearing the rotor but seeing it swirl through a display back. But I haven't had that pleasure. Those watches I have that have a display back you can also hear the rotor. And those where you can't hear it, have a solid back.

    So what's your preference?

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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    Can't hear them and I don't shake them.

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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    Don't particularly like to hear them (don't really dislike it either), but I do like to feel it swinging. Some rotors are so smooth you can't even feel them moving if you shake the watch, that's something I don't like.

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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    I have a Breitling Chronomat Evo with a Valjoux 7750 and that thing really whirls. Other watchers I have just don't seem to rotate as much...I assume all 7750's do the same???

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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    Absolutely! A mechanical watch is like a stickshift; the reason I have one is because I prefer the mechanical aspect of it. The harmony of man and machine, in this case, my body and a timepiece. I can hear and feel it on my Jazzmaster Open Secret, which is an incredible experience. I can only hear it on my Monaco and Sunset.
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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    I really like to hear/feel the rotor. The Valjoux is great for that. I always give them a little shake and hold to my ear before putting one on. The whirrr makes me smile. It's like a purring cat. Or a V-8 engine.


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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    The only watch where I can really feel it is the Seiko Sportura Kinetic. That thing is really like a V8; you feel and hear it. The JLC Master is one of the most elegant sounds to ever reach my ear. No kidding.

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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    My Ocean7 LM-6C Valjoux I can hear the rotor though it's muffled but no vibration or torqueing of the case when it does its mad swings. First time the Valjoux 7750 has been tamed.

    Overall I like the freewheeling nature of the Valjoux; it makes other rotors seem recalcitrant and makes me wonder how they even move enough to wind the watch.
    Last edited by Sean779; August 30th, 2010 at 07:22.

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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    I like to feel and hear the rotor, it's part of the fun of the mechanical watch experience.
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    Re: Do you prefer hearing the rotor or not hearing it?

    I like hearing it and feeling it too. Gotta love my Valjoux 7750 .


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