6 Misconceptions about Watches

March 04, 2018

6 Misconceptions about Watches | Kawayee

6 Misconceptions about Watches

Many of the misconceptions about watches can lead you to buy a watch which is not what u need or staying clear of a watch which would have been perfect for you. 

Today we’ll have a look through some of the main myths and misconceptions about watches.

1. “Swiss-Made” Watches are Completely Made in Switzerland

Just because a watch says it is “Swiss-made” it doesn’t mean that it was actually entirely created in Switzerland. I know this might seem crazy but it is actually true.

According to Swiss law, a "Swiss-made" watch means that at least 50% of the parts are made in Switzerland and the assembly, finishing, and final inspection happen in Switzerland. 

The law is in place to set a minimum standard for a watch to be considered “Swiss Made” ensuring that at least half of your Swiss-made watch is actually made in Switzerland.

2. The More Jewels, the Better

You will often hear watch manufacturers using the number of jewels in their watches as an indication of the quality. However, the extra jewels will not always make a better watch. Jewels were used in watches to reduce friction in parts of the watch which were likely to have the heaviest wear and tear. Jewels are harder than metal, so they can be used to combat metal on metal wear in the watch.

You would expect to find Jewels in the pivot points of the gear and the anti-shock settings. Over the years, the number of jewels in a watch has increased with the complexity of the watches. Today, you would expect to see 16 to 18 jewels in each watch.

Initially, it was very difficult to produce and insert the jewels in the watch. Therefore, the number of jewels in a watch became a good indicator of the quality. However, as it became easier to produce and set the jewels in watches, some marketers decided to include jewels in places where they were not needed in order to increase the jewel count in the watch. They then heavily promoted the higher number of jewels so that customers thought that the higher jewel count meant a higher quality watch.

Remember that the jewels are synthetic and not valuable, so they don’t increase the value of your watch just by being there. They are actually meant to be there for a purpose. If the number of jewels in a watch is a lot higher than the rest, you might want to ask what purpose they serve before you pay your money.

3. NASA’s Only Official Watch is the Omega Speedmaster

NASA has more than one official watch

If you search the internet for NASA’s official watch you would find lots of websites stating that the Omega Speedmaster is the only watch NASA trust. It is true that NASA does trust the OMEGA Speedmaster and used it on many missions, and made it the only watch to have been worn on the moon in 1969. However, it is not NASA’s only official watch.

NASA have a number of watches which they deem to be official watches which are certified for space travel. In addition to the Omega Speedmaster Professional, NASA's official permissible watches are the Casio G-Shock, and Timex Ironman watches. 

4. Rolex Make the Best Watches

Rolex is the best? No

Over the years, Rolex has become the most desirable watches on the market. This is due to the quality design, craftsmanship and the several important innovations they have brought to the table when it comes to watchmaking. It is also due to incredible marketing!

However, you cannot describe any manufacturer as the one who makes the best watches as it depends on what you want from a watch. You may find watches from different manufacturers more appealing to you. 

Rolex produce beautifully designed watches. However, in terms of the best watches, only you can decide for yourself.

5. The More Expensive the Watch, the Better!

Quality might not be as expensive as you think

You would expect this to be true, as it is usually the case with most other items. For example, you’d expect a $1000 laptop to perform better than a $100 netbook.

But when it comes to watches, it is not always the case. The reason is the movements in the watches. Almost all of the lower priced watches use Quartz movements, which are very cheap to produce and are incredibly accurate.

Check out more about Quartz Watches.

The high-end watches usually use mechanical movements, they are usually more complicated and expensive to produce. Mechanical movements usually do not tell time any better than cheaper quartz movements.

The timekeeping quality is only half of the story. The quality in terms of design and craftsmanship of the high-end mechanical watches will always be much higher than a cheaper watch. You should also expect a high-end watch to be more durable and to last much longer than the cheaper options.You will pay more for these watches often because of its value as a piece of jewellery

6. Easy to spot fake watches

It's increasingly difficult to tell if a watch is fake or not. The generic fakes sold on the streets are quite obvious. However, there are sophisticated companies operating in Japan and Switzerland that make virtually identical reproductions, including such things as the manufacturer's logo and serial numbers, making it very difficult even for a trained professional to spot the difference. 


Have you ever believed any of these myths before? Don't be surprised, these myths are incredibly common! At least now, you will not fall for them again!

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