One of the really interesting things I've learned recently is the huge fascination for wristwatches among German men. Actually, 3 of my colleagues over here - Frank Rothkamm, Patrick Weck, and Armin Wirth - are very interested in watches and have given me a little education on the subject. Notice how I have generalized the fact that I know 3 people interested in watches into 'all German men'. I think maybe it's all men in Europe. Anyway, this is completely foreign to me since I only wear a Timex Ironman digital watch that I replace every time the battery dies.
What I'm talking about here does not include digital or electronic watches. Purely mechanical. It is really amazing what the German and Swiss watchmakers have done. I have never heard before of such precision and functionality in a small package. Today, we're so accustomed to everything being on a computer chip. From the point of view of a watch aficionado, the best watches are those that have a lot of style, precision, functionality, and class - or a combination of all of the qualities. Here are a couple of the things I have learned:
How to know the difference between a chronograph and chronometer. A chronometer is certified to work under many different conditions and maintain a high degree of accuracy.
Most watchmakers buy the watchworks (inside) from one of a few companies. Rolex is one exception.
My friend and colleague, Frank Rothkamm, has a very nice watch that he's quite proud of. It's a good example of what I've described above.
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