How often do you look at your movements?

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How often do you look at your movements?

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And I guess, does it depend on which ones?

For me it's very rarely and not for very long. I just enjoy that they are there and what they are doing, these wondrous micro-mechanical engines.
Perhaps it's that none of mine are particularly spectacular, hand-finished or whatever.

I do wonder if something with a lot to look at, like a hand-wound chronograph where you can see things happening, might get more of my attention, but not so sure about that?

So: do you enjoy some "loupe time" or am I just a bit dull? :oops:
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I suppose it depends on the watch. Some can be quite plain to look at with minimal decoration so I don’t look too often.

Others I’m happy to take off during the day and watch what’s going on back there.

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Not often, but it's especially nice that you know you do have a pleasantly decorated movement to look at now and again.
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Well, I only have three watches and only one of those is an auto. Going forward any further watches will be mechanical, I love 'em! My auto is powered by a Miyota, hardly a tour de force of a movement, but it's appealing to the eye with some visual interest. Somehow it manages to run quite close to COSC tolerances without being a chronometer - better still. I'm forever interested by the spectacle of a mechanical watch living and breathing, typically the back and forth of the balance wheel, even the rotation of a winding wheel as it transfers the motion of the rotor to the balance spring. Yep, I like to see 'em, after all a mechanical movement is a wonder of engineering; a bit like an orchestra where you have so many different components coming together to create something quite beautiful and fluid.

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iain wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 10:38 am I suppose it depends on the watch. Some can be quite plain to look at with minimal decoration so I don’t look too often.

Others I’m happy to take off during the day and watch what’s going on back there.
I would constantly be looking at that. Absolutely stunning...and very hypnotic I'd imagine.

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When I saw the title I was rather apprehensive about opening the thread. :shock:

I thought that I may have wandered into a specialist interest forum on the dark recesses of the internet! :lol:

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nbg wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:38 pm When I saw the title I was rather apprehensive about opening the thread. :shock:

I thought that I may have wandered into a specialist interest forum on the dark recesses of the internet! :lol:

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Thats a great question.
1. Before I put the watch, with clear case back, on.
2. When I take the same watch off.
3. If that second hand is moving at a rate greater than a quartz, then I suppose it could be said, i am looking at its movement?

I only have a couple of watches with a glass/sapphire back. For me the watch face is number one, very rarely does the movement come into question.

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I like the industrial look of the in house movement running my Tudor North Flag.

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Very rarely, although to be fair I do prefer an exhibition back to a steel one.
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When I change the strap / bracelet on my Oris diver, which is fairly frequently at the moment. One reviewer said that the double barrel set-up was clearly designed to depict a Teddy bear’s face (the teddy bear is a symbol of Oris!) :thumbup:
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Not often. The Sealander and Glycine are nice but fairly plain. The C5 Mk1 has nicer decoration. Overall I’d prefer looking at a hand winder but only have the C9 5-day SS. Lovely but has an enormous bridge covering a lot of it. The prettiest was definitely the Alpha on my Nomos Tangente.

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I occasionally may take off a watch to look into the works but for the most part I don’t bother. I’m not as interested in exhibition cases but if the watch has one I’ll flip it over at times. A majority of my watches have solid backs.
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Often. Some may say too often. Sometimes the rotor gets in the way, but that’s fine by me.

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