1. Who made the first watch for men?
2. How many parts are there in a simple mechanical watch?
3. Which was the most expensive watch ever sold?
4. What does the term ‘jewels’ mean when referring to watches?
5. What is Tantalum?
6. Who was the first Swiss watchmaker in space?
1. The 19th century saw its first men’s wristwatch by Patek Philippe. The wristwatch was considered to be something that only women wore till of course the convenience became evident to most.
2. There are an average of 150 parts in a simple mechanical watch
3. The most expensive watch ever sold , auctioned by Sotheby’s, New York in 1999, was a 1933 Gold Patek Phillippe which sold for $ 11 Million
4. The bearing, endstone or pallet used for reducing friction within the movement of a watch are made of synthetic material of precious or semi-precious stones. Usually a very inexpensive form of synthetic ruby, these are used for virtually frictionless pivots or hubs at certain critical places in the watch mechanism. These jewels do not add any monetary value to a watch. It is also important to understand that more jewels do not necessarily make a better watch.
5. A metal with a texture similar to titanium, but a color similar to gold. Used by Omega for the gold-like trim on certain titanium watches.
6. TAG Heuer became the first Swiss Watchmaker in Space thanks to a TAG Heuer Stopwatch, worn by John Glenn in 1962 when he piloted the Friendship 7 on the first manned US orbital mission.