What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

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  • Decorations

    12 27.91%
  • Bridges arrangement

    10 23.26%
  • Complications

    6 13.95%
  • Skeletons

    3 6.98%
  • Balance wheel

    19 44.19%
  • Overall finishing

    13 30.23%
  • Other - please specify

    2 4.65%
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    What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    I am curious to know what people like when they look through the watch back crystal. I am sure many would say it is a combination of those - therefore I allowed multiple choices for the undecided. However, please try to classify your feelings and limit yourself to only one choice. Pictures are welcome - preferably of encased movements. Also, motivating your choice will give all of us a good read. To get you started I give some suggestions (pictures taken from internet).



    1. Decorations:
    2. Bridges arrangement:
    3. Complications:
    4. Skeletons:
    5. Balance wheel:
    6. Overall finishing:
    7. Other - please specify and add a picture
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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    Decorations and balance wheel for me: blued screws, geneve striped bridges, perlage, gilt writing, jewels in screwed gold chantons (basically the lange above). A well-decorated movement (even stock from ETA) makes such a difference:

    No decoration


    Decoration


    Not my pics.

    I forgot to add other: rotor: on a 7750 at least where it winds clockwise and freewheels CCW the rotor can be wonderful to watch spinning. Preferably a better shaped one than the two above - I like the one on my TAG (apologies for the disgusting photograph)

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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    Beyond the rotor I don't have a clue what I am looking at, I simply like to see moving parts knowing that they are self powered.
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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Jones Jnr View Post
    Beyond the rotor I don't have a clue what I am looking at, I simply like to see moving parts knowing that they are self powered.
    You'll learn, petal

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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    You'll learn, petal
    Nope. I have no interest in learning sweet pea. I really don't care.

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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Jones Jnr View Post
    Beyond the rotor I don't have a clue what I am looking at, I simply like to see moving parts knowing that they are self powered.
    I believe geoffbot refers to a dynamic image when the rotor moves and discovers the hidden details - you can often see it in animated watch adds.

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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Jones Jnr View Post
    Nope. I have no interest in learning sweet pea. I really don't care.
    That's fair enough.
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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    You see boys and girls - two people can have different priorities and opinions without it being a pointless 3 page argument.
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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    For me, the first thing that catches my attention is the decoration, e.g., on the rotor in this watch:

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    After first impressions, it's usually the beating of the balance wheel that I find fascinating.
    'I reach for my watch from the bedside table and consider the dial - its rectitude, its innocence - then I understand the position of the hands and that, yes, rush-hour traffic will already have begun.' - Deborah Eisenberg, The Flaw in the Design

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    Re: What do you find most fascinating when you look at a watch movement?

    To me it is a combination of overall finishing and how the movement is presented in the display back window. Nicely finished larger movements like the ETA 6497/6498 can show very well when the crystal is a large as possible and case back bezel is minimized.


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