About Watch Movements

Traditional watchmaking is a craft that has continued for hundreds of years. Originally all movements were manually wound and had to be wound daily to stay on time. There was also the problem of over winding the watch. After some time watchmakers developed the automatic winding movement to eliminate the need for daily winding and also all but eliminate the accidental over winding of the watch. This kind of workmanship is mostly done by hand. The fitting together of all the gears and pinions to track time is labor intensive. If you also factor in the time to manufacture these tiny parts which can be done partly by machine and partly by hand (greatly magnified) you add to the intensity. Traditional watch making is an art that fewer and fewer are learning as a trade.

Quartz watches became widely popular in the early 1970’s. They are extremely accurate and should be. With a circuit board and a battery precision is practically guaranteed. Some of the most difficult complications in a mechanical watch were recreated in analog and digital/analog formats for a fraction of the cost. For quite some time many of the big traditional watch making companies jumped on the quartz band wagon. But as the novelty of quartz watches wore off, the desire for something really special in a timepiece returned.

As my previous entry recognized, watches are traditionally given to mark special milestones in life. Many people want to mark these events with traditional mechanical watches. Don’t get me wrong. There are many beautiful quartz watches available still. It is a matter of personal preference and what you are looking for in a watch.

About Steve

Stephen Culcasi’s passion is for fine timepieces. He discovered his love of fine watches when he entered the industry ten years ago and brings extensive experience in retail management and private client service to Lussori. Stephen takes pride in the impressive selection of timepieces offered at Lussori which is located on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, California and has a keen eye for spotting new trends. His clients make up a who’s who list of celebrities, high profile business people, and respected collectors worldwide. Stephen holds a bachelors degree from Cal State Long beach. He enjoys restoring antique cars and photography.

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