A watch with an “in-house movement” gives bragging rights to its owner. The watchmaker didn’t just take an existing movement, put it in a case, add a dial, hands and strap, and call if good. They created an exclusive piece of time telling technology! Or did they? Before we get to that, warning! As Mr. Ibis pointed out in our recent IGTV New Watch Alert, an in-house movement requires in-house service. And parts. If the watchmaker in question stops producing the movement . . .
Something is worth exactly what someone will pay for it. If someone is willing to pay a million dollars for a Timex Marlin, that’s what it’s worth. If someone’s willing to pay $10 for a Richard Mille (my bid) and no one will pay a dime more (which they shouldn’t), it’s worth $10. Of course none of that addresses the key question: is an expensive watch worth it? . . .
Our Coronavirus Watch series monitors the Chinese market for luxury Swiss watches. It ignores the obvious fact that the People’s Republic of China also makes watches, tens of millions of them. In the main, the PRC’s timepieces are profoundly non-luxurious, produced in horrific conditions by exploited workers. They’re for sale on Amazon (the watches, not the workers) for one red cent.
This site has advocated owning at least one weird watch – a timepiece with an unconventional time display. I doubt I’ll ever own one. I’m too practical. I want to know the time without being puzzled. However, playing contemporary archaeologist – deciphering weird watches – is an irresistible, sometimes infuriating, challenge . . .
Most modern wristwatches offer “hacking seconds.” The term refers to the ability to pull out the crown to stop the second hand, then push the crown back in to restart the second hand. With a watch so equipped you can synchronize your watch to an accurate timekeeping source – to the second or better. Before we explore the why and the precise how, here’s the technical bit . . .