Vintage watches and their potential for appreciation

As a watch crown the small “screw” is referred to on the watch case for setting the clock hands.

It exists in various forms and for better handling it is usually ribbed.

But what does the watch crown to do with the water resistance of a watch? And why the crown is mostly on the right side of the watch case? In our blog post you will find detailed information on the subject of “watch crown”.

Functions of the watch crown The crown of a watch is a refined control element and has up to three functions.

One of them is the hand wound.

Even if the automatic winding – especially when worn almost daily watches – is extremely practical, some movements are raised still by hand.

For some watch enthusiasts, these are a real ritual, as well as the brewing coffee with manual filter for true coffee lovers.

Mechanics clocks can – due to the lack of rotor – are also built significantly flatter, such as this very elegant Nomos Glashütte Orion.

the spring is stretched in the movement by turning the crown in one direction and allows the clock to the exact second continue to two days.

Nomos Glashütte Orion Use the watch crown also can be set properly, the clock hands.

For this, the operating element is pulled up slightly.

By turning the crown you can now change the pointer position.

For watches with calendar function the date can be adjusted in the same manner as in this classically beautiful Rolex with cylindrical crown.

Rolex Oyster Date Precision Classic crown molding In addition to the functionality of the appearance of the watch crown plays an important role.

It decides with much whether a watch sporty, elegant, filigree or pompous appears.

Classic crown forms are the balloon crown, bevel crown, crown with Cabochon, cylindrical crown, hidden crown and crown with handle.

The term derives from the basic geometric shape, special features or the designer of Crown ago.

So the onion crown reminds actually to the round shape of an onion, as it is very impressive to see time master in this Chronoswiss.

Chronoswiss time master Under a Cabochon (French for “nail head”) is meant a round or oval form of cut gemstones, the bottom and the top is flat convex.

Crown with cabochon are usually found on noble elegant watches, like this Piaget Classique whose crown is adorned with a sapphire.

Piaget Classique Another variation is the crown with handle.

This crown shape is sometimes used in chronographs and provides functions for short-term measurement: turning, stopping and resetting.

An impressive example is the Rolex Daytona Cosmograph.

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Based on the shape of the crown to watch models certain brands or categories can be assigned.

So one of the legendary pilot watches of the 1940s a striking, large, fluted crown, the best grab and let use.

Waterproof crowns Did you know that the water tightness of mechanical watches failed for a long time at the crown? It still serves as the weakest point of a clock when it comes to water density and challenged the manufacturer to so many exotic solutions.

The standard solution for waterproof watches the “gasket crown” was.

Here the crown is still free to move, and protects the inside of a watch with one or two rings, such as cork seals, against water.

The today most widely used Crown protection against water is the “screw-down crown”.

This concept was first used by Rolex in 1926 and provides water resistance of 300 to 3,000 meters.

During World War II, the demand of waterproof and shock-proof watches.

In 1941, the crown was therefore additionally protected by a screw-on lid, but not combined the function of the crown.

There were other solutions, such as a guard around the crown.

This the sensitive control panel provides reliable protection against water and shock.

On some models, the watch manufacturer Panerai this guard has become an essential distinguishing feature.

Panerai Luminor Marina Placement of crown Have you thought ever about why most people wear their watch on the left wrist? The real reason is that the right hand is increasingly in use and the watch would thus be much more vulnerable on the right wrist.

It makes sense therefore to wear the watch on his left wrist.

Thus it is easy to wind the watch with your right hand and adjust, crown and pushers are mainly placed right on the watch case.

Exceptions are as in the U-Boat watch models Chimera but their very large crown could be disturbing when moving the wrist.

Here the crown is a precaution placed on the left side of the case.

In order for the operation of the watch does not resemble an acrobatic act, take it to adjust the pointer better from your wrist.

This tip should always heed left-handed when operating their watch, even the crown of a watch is not only a very sophisticated, but also delicate control element that should be handled properly.

U-Boat Chimera In our shop in Stuttgart-Mitte we can provide you watch before with different crown forms.

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