Replica Watch Guide: Replica Watch Basics 101
Are you a greenhorn when it comes to watches? Well here Ziggy will fills you in on the most basic info about movements and how to take care of them. He discusses the different movements out there in replica watches and outlines their functions and how reliable they are.
When you get your first mechanical vs. digital watch, you really should know what makes it tick and how to take care of it so it lasts, don’t you think? There are lots of terms, lots of handling procedures, and lots of tips to know. Below are some basic points to give you some guidance about your watch and make a master of if not space then time.
Caring for a Manual Watch (not Quartz)
Here is the start of a basic Luxury Replica Watches for Men glossary so you know what we’re all talking about.
– a watch’s mechanical engine, what makes the watch components move steadily.
An automatic movement
– this is a movement with a weighted rotor – this rotates while the watch is moving and automatically winds the movement.
A manual movement
– this is a movement that needs you to wind it by hand.
A balance wheel
– this is a wheel with a small spring on it. This wheel turns in one direction, then the other, clockwise, counterclockwise.
– this is a little spring attached to the balance wheel which sets the speed (time-keeping, rate) of the movement.
The motion works
– this is the term for all the gears which take power away from the mainspring, transferring it then to the balance wheel.
Beats Per Hour (BPH) or just beat speed of balance wheel
– So for example, Men’s Replica Watches with 28,800 BPH tick off 28,800 times/hr. This means that the balance wheel swings that many times CW and CCW in each hour. Every swing is the tick and tock and then the number of those per hour, when you divide by 60 min and then 60 sec, tells us how smoothly the seconds hand is running. If you have eight ticks/sec, the hand will effortlessly sweep over the dial as nicely and smoothly as can be. Common BPH rates are 21,600 – a 7750 or a Venus 175, which has six ticks/sec, and also there’s 18,000 BPH – an ETA 6497-1 PAM with manual wind, which has two-and-a-half ticks/sec.
The power reserve
– this is how long a watch keeps running before it needs winding. Basically, how long the mainspring takes to unwind completely from being fully wound.
– This is something that reaches back to the pocket watch of days passed when you had a key to wind up your watch and to set its time. It’s the only way a person could interact with the insides of a watch, so it was roughly made, which caused a lot of problems.
What it means to ‘service’ a movement
– this means giving a movement a motor job. Completely undressing it, cleaning it, oiling it up manipulating it, etc.
The running seconds
– This means the hand that’s constantly turning across the dial. With a chronometer, it’s the thing you basically can’t turn off or on, in contrast to a chronometer seconds hand – the thing that’s running when the chrono is activated.
What a mechanical movement is
Top Swiss Replica Watches Uk for sale can be either automatic, meaning the wind themselves while the watch is being worn, or they can be manual, meaning you have to wind them by hand every couple days.
The basic functioning of mechanical watches is there’s a spring that’s wound up and then unwinds at a steady pace. The watch then tells the time because it has hands that are attached to gears that are in the movement that is running steadily. Watches have a lot of gears and lots of tiny little parts – one special one is the balance wheel. This wheel is like a pendulum, going back and forth, keeping time by making sure the spring is slow and steady.
Watches are incredibly delicated things. There’s even a shock absorption system for the balance wheel pivots to keep it safe. If a you push the limits of that shock absorber, like if your watch drops or hits something hard, then the pivot can bust and the watch will be out of tune.
Taking care of your watch
The automatic movement
There are two kinds of automatic Best Swiss Replica Watches UK – ones which wind in both directions, and ones that wind in only one.
The uni-directional winders
Every Asian out there is uni-directional, from what I’ve seen. Even the Asian ETA 7750 in fact.
Uni-directional watches can be safely wound using the crown since the auto winding clutch is made with a click-spring ratchet wheel, therefore not able to be broken by winding by hand.
The bi-directional winders
ETAs, most Swiss pieces, 2824-2s, 2836-2s, 2892-2s:
It’s ok to wind a bi-directional Best Breitling Replica Watches Sale by hand, but you have to do it a little more carefully. These watches have their own auto wind clutch wheels that have a click level which can be broken if you wind too fast or too many times.
But know that there isn’t any such thing as overwinding watches – just a myth.
Automatic watches have clutch assemblies on their mainspring so the mainspring can slip when the watch is wound fully. If they didn’t, the rotor would get stuck and not turn.
After getting a new watch, it’s a good idea to wind it one hundred times by hand before wearing it. Just be careful though. This fully winds the mainspring and gets the watch started with a all its possible power.
The manual wind movement
You should always wind up these watches until they can’t possibly take any more. Maybe it’s 125 crown turns even, but just do it. When it will no longer take a firm turn and it won’t budge around again, then you have successfully fully wound your manual watch. You really couldn’t possibly bust your mainspring from winding. I’ve only seen two broken mainsprings everm and they were both flawed in and of themselves from the start.
The basic specs on common movements
ETAs, automatics, 2824-2s, 2836-2s, 2892A2s
These watches are all the same – they have auto wind and they beat at 28,800 BPH. They have the same speed all of them, but your 2892s have a remarkably smooth sweep compared to the others for some odd reason.
Maybe some are just older stock and their oil has gotten a little bit finicky. Some will tell you the gold-colored pieces are original Asians, and the silver-colored ones (which are actually nickel-plated) are original Swisses. I personally have no idea what could prove that. The way I see it, the gold ones are what’s out on the surplus market and so that’s why replicas are made of them. Ofrei for example, which has been making watches since the 30’s, can only get the surplus extra movements, then it’s pretty obvious what’s going on.
Regarding the date-set – it’s not a problem for quickly setting the date, you can do it whenever.
Regarding the power reserve – it’s about 36 to 48 hrs.
The ETA 6497-1s, usually mislabeled as Unitas’
They have manual wind, and 18,000 BPH.
They are completely reliable and have been in existence for over seventy years.
Their power reserve is about 46 hrs.
The Asian 7750s
These are chronometers, in effect, stopwatches. They are automatic. Their movements are pretty ok, but do need servicing since they are usually dirty and their oil is off. After a cleaning and lubing they do pretty good though. They have 21,600 BPH.
Some precautions: you shouldn’t adjust the time on these watches unless it’s absolutely necessary. Their cannon pinions – clutches between the crown and motion works, are mediocre quality and can slip off easily. You can tell when cannon pinions have gone bad if watch is losing time. This is because likely of a slip of the cannon pinion clutch. The movement is actually keeping good time, but it’s the hands that are incorrectly working.
The ETA 7753s or 7750s
These are the really great movements – their beat is super-fast, like 28,800 fast.
The Venus 175 (for some reason falsely called Lemania 1874 – total nonsense)
This is a chronometer with a manual wind. It’s a very decent movement, designed well and built well. Sometimes it can have a slightly awkward seconds hand. It comes well-cleaned and oiled just okay. It’s BPH is 21,600.
The Asian movements
Usually these are automatics. Their BPH is 21,600 too. Their power reserve is over thirty-six hrs. They don’t need much of anything and usually are clean and oiled well.
Dos and Don’ts
You don’t need to be told this, but you shouldn’t ever hit or bang or swing quickly in the air in a flapping motion your watch. If there’s a problem, none of those strategies will help. The balanced wheel tips are super-tiny, they can be damaged with ease. Look at this way: if you spank your watch into your palm to get it going or make it work again, that’s like taking a 25-lb Maul, going out to the garage or the driveway or the street, popping open the old hood, and wailing on your engine’s crankshaft directly. Is that what you would do you to your beloved car? Then why do a similar thing to your beloved watch? Why would you or anyone think that’s ok? I don’t get it, personally. I would never do anything like that.
Another thing – don’t let your watch come anywhere near a magnet. Have you ever seen what happens to a television when you take a magnet to it? Don’t try it. And similarly then, don’t try that with your watch, because you’ll see what happens. It’s not good. Some watches feature an anti-magnetic movement cover, but it won’t protect it if you directly apply a magnet to your watch for some stupid reason like altering the speed.
Well that is all for now I think. Sorry to leave you on such a negative note. If you have any suggestions, questions, or complaints, please write in.