When Accuracy Mattered – Part One: Watchmaking Heroes

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When Accuracy Mattered – Part One: Watchmaking Heroes

Post by Racer-X » September 4th 2018, 10:32pm

"It’s a charming paradox of horology that every great watchmaker in its history has made accuracy his goal, yet accuracy counts for so little in the value of watches.

Indeed throughout most of watchmaking history, the more expensive a watch, the less accurate it is likely to be. Today the timekeeping performance of a luxury watch ranks well below brand value, finish, image and status as a motivation for owning one.

Accuracy is cheap, and therefore not what you should expect from an expensive mechanical watch.

But it wasn’t always so. There was a golden age of real watchmaking that lasted from the 1870s to the 1970s when the performance of a watch was closely correlated with its value and price."

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