do Watches Have Jewels?
people have the misconception that the "Jewels" in a watch add a great value to
the watch because of the "Value of the Jewels", such as
their diamond or other gemstones in their rings and necklaces and other pieces
of "Fine Jewelry".
Jewels in watch's
are strictly functional, they prevent "wear" from occurring when there
are moving parts against stationary metal parts (it is a little like
"ball-bearings"), if you can reduce friction and wear, any mechanical
devise will run better, smoother and will last longer.
The Jewels used in watches were always natural rubies
& sapphires, until the late 1890's, after the turn of the century, synthetic
jewels were introduced to the watch making industry.
There is often a relationship to the number of jewels
and a higher price watch, but it is not the value of these "Jewels" that add
value to the watch, it is a "better running watch", because of the
jewels and the reduced friction, that makes the watch run better,
thus a higher cost. Because of this reduced friction, metal parts
do not wear down, and one has a more accurate time piece.
Because of the shape of the jewels (many are "cup-shape"),
these jewels "hold" the lubricating oil in place, thus helping to
reducing friction and wear in the watch.
Examples of only a few of
the "Jewels" found in most watches.
Hole Jewel Hole &
Cap Jewel Pallet Stone Jewel
In conclusion, the more jewels
in the watch...... the better the watch. These "Jewels" create a
soother running, more accurate, longer running timepiece.
A 21-Jewel watch will always keep more
accurate time than a 17-Jewel watch, and likewise a 17-Jewel watch will perform
better than a 7-Jewel watch.
Any additional value and
cost is due to the additional quality and accuracy of that particular
time-piece, as well as the additional labor required to insert these jewels into that time-piece.
"Your Master Jeweler"
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