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Old 02-10-2014, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A watch’s primary purpose is to tell time, and some watches do precisely that — and no more. Watches that display hours and minutes are called two-hand models, because they have two hands. Watches that also have a second hand are referred to as three-hand models.

However, many watches exist that do more than just tell time, and the additional functions these watches perform are called complications.

Common Types of Watch Complications

Day and Date: The most common watch complication is the date window. Date windows can be situated in various positions on a watch’s dial. Most people are used to seeing date windows at the 3 o’clock, but today’s watches can have them at almost any position on the dial. Some watches use a “Cyclops” or magnifier so that the date is easier to read on smaller dials. Another complication allows for both a day and date to appear on the dial.


Day Date Complication - Fortis B-42 Automatic 647-10-11 M


Calendar: While many watches display the date, there are some watches with a very special complication called a perpetual calendar. The perpetual calendar is the most complex type of calendar feature to exist on a watch. This calendar accurately displays the date, day, month, and year, and even takes into account leap years. However, perpetual calendar watches will require correction in 2100, which will not be a leap year.

Chronograph: Another complication frequently seen is the chronograph, which in layman terms means that the manufacturer has added a stopwatch to the timepiece. Normally a chronograph is controlled by a start/stop button and a reset button. Most chronographs have small subdials incorporated in the main dial that keep track of tenths of seconds, minutes, or hours for the stopwatch function.

Power Reserve Indicator: A power reserve indicator placed on the dial of the watch displays the run time remaining before the watch needs to be rewound. You would normally see these on mechanical or automatic watches. Quartz watches use a different complication to indicate that a watch’s battery is running down. The second hand will start to move in two-second intervals when it’s time for a battery change.

Chronograph Complication - Calibre Buffalo SC-4B1-04-001


Power Reserve Complication - Louis Erard Mens 53230AA11 Excellence Small Seconds


GMT Hand: Many modern watches utilize a second hour hand, that is used to display time in a second time zone. This complication is referred to as a GMT hand. GMT refers to Greenwich Mean Time, as the original function was created in order to offer pilots a fixed time zone reference while flying between time zones. Today, this is a fabulous watch complication for frequent travelers.

Moon Phase: Luxury watches include complications like moon phase indicators and minute repeaters. The moon phase complication shows if the moon is full, half, quarter or new. Originally, the moon phase was used by sailors to gauge tides.

GMT Complication - Versace V-Race 29G70D001 S070



Moon Phase Complication - Gevril GV2 Mens XO Submarine 4511


Minute Repeater: A minute repeater is a movement that will chime out the time when a lever on the side of the case is activated. This was a fairly common complication for pocket watches during the 18th and 19th centuries

Certain style of watches tend to use specific complications. For instance, pilot watches tend to have fancy bezels that act as flight computers. Dive watches feature Helium release valves to release the pressure following deep water dives.

Cost Implications of Watch Complications

Adding complications to a watch is expensive. The movement modules need to be designed to operate both the timing mechanism and the watch’s complications. Therefore, you tend to see complications on higher end mechanical and automatic movements. (For the record, the Patek Philippe Calibre 89 has 33 complications, using a total of 1728 parts.) However, quartz movements make adding complications much more affordable.

The next time you look at a watch you may see that it does more than just tell time. It may not do as many things as your cellphone, but I bet it looks a whole lot better on your wrist.
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Great info, thanks for putting it all together !!
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Hey, thats great. Thanks for posting this. Really cool.
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Awesome info. As a beginner this is very useful to me, many thanks.

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Very informative. Thanks for posting


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Very good info, I know that alot of guys (me included) have done a bunch of head scratching over this in the past. Great job!
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that was very very useful to me, thanks a lot to you for posting this!!!
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Thanks for the good info, very compact and useful. I learned a few things
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Very informative
Now, can you explain the workings of the one handed watch?
The Russian made Luch watch for an example

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Single-Hand Watch


The watch as the primordial measuring instrument

First watches had only one pointer. An example in this context is the sundial or the hourglass, which represent simple and primordial forms of time measurement. MeisterSinger watches are modelled on the same principle.

Early watches were measuring instruments - as speedometers are still today. As it is generally accepted that measuring instruments have only a pointer, the same should apply to a watch, which is a chronometer or a time measuring device.

The hierarchy of markers makes the watches really easy to read. The bold indexes are hour markers. The half hour and quarter hour indexes become progressively thinner, and the remaining markers are very thin.

The marker hierarchy is reminiscent of a millimetre scale. The prominent needle pointer and leading zeros complete the look of a measuring instrument that gives you a feeling of déjà vu, as the watch seems strangely familiar.

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Great info! Thanks for posting that.
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Great post!! Thanks
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Thank you for posting - answered a lot of questions for me!
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Great information. Thank You
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That is great information. Thanks for sharing this information
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Moon Phase: Luxury watches include complications like moon phase indicators and minute repeaters. The moon phase complication shows if the moon is full, half, quarter or new. Originally, the moon phase was used by sailors to gauge tides.

Nooooo. Moon phase was developed elusively for use by Dartmoor residents in deepest, darkest, Devon, where werewolves come from. Everyone knows that!

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Interesting read. Thanks for the info.
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Excellent post.....thank you.
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Hey, thats great. Thanks for posting this. Really cool.
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Space:
What I don't unnerstand is the folks who buy Luch one hand watches?
I'm not all that impressed with too busy dials. Son's Citizen Navahawk
fer instance,
But just one hand?

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