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    Default power indicator/reserve why is this not common?

    This is only few gears and a differential mechanism and can be produced in large numbers but why did this not take place in large number for people to afford that feature?

    Cheers, Watchfixer

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    Default Re: power indicator/reserve why is this not common? (By: Watchfixer)

    I'm no expert by any means, but I suspect the average watch owner decided it just wasn't worth spending the extra money on a fancy option that he didn't really need.

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    Default Re: power indicator/reserve why is this not common? (By: sderek)

    Da reserve de marche is da very common complication in da modern uhren - particularly with da independent horologists - but not in da lower prices ranges. Not da really difficult complication, but to do it nicely does require da little bit of da art so as to not diminish da power reserve or reduce da impulse all with da proper hand indexing. Oddly some place it on da back of da movement (pretty simple).

    sm iiH!

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    Default Re: power indicator/reserve why is this not common? (By: Watchfixer)

    Hi Watchfixer,

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchfixer View Post
    but why did this not take place in large number for people to afford that feature?
    Market reality doesn't match the preferences of collectors. Only few buyers of new watches feel obligated to make collectors of old iron happy, and even less are willing to pay for the few gears. The resulting low quantities even make the few gears more expensive, further reducing the number of willing buyers.

    And 50 years later? One among 1000 similar watches has a power reserve indicator, and even among calibres which were available with and without this feature not more than few percents came with it. And this refers to a time, when still some didn't trust the efficiencey of selfwinding. Today the fraction with this display is simply negligible, and if you want to make your great-grandchildren happy, buy such item new, and put it aside. As investment it will at least outperform Greek obligations.

    But try to find a movement which collects its daily power within some minutes sleeping in the bureau. It represents the highest degree of nonsense for this complication, and will be the rarest after some decades or centuries.

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    Default Re: power indicator/reserve why is this not common? (By: Roland Ranfft)

    The power indicator was used on some 37 sz Waltham 8 day car clocks, have one on a 7 jewelled clock.
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    Default Re: power indicator/reserve why is this not common? (By: Kevin W.)

    I have another question:

    Let say, Elgin railway PWs did all of them have baseplate with bridges milled and prepared for power indicator but not installed?

    And would be extremely *useful* especially the Elgin free-running stopwatches to have this so would not get caught with stopwatch quitting especially the 10 second stopwatches. Yes I did win 3, two buzzers and 60 second elgin stopwatches. To be honest, these are real nice made compared to swiss stopwatches. And rather clever of Elgin to adapt a basic PW into stopwatch.

    Eventually get a Elgin railway PW someday.

    Cheers, Watchfixer

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