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History of Watches: Why Do Watches Have Jewels?

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It’s More Than Aesthetics

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Balancing The Movement


Most watches have jewels in their inner components for added stability and functionality. Most importantly, jewels reduce the friction between the various constant moving gears and complications within a watch. 


Are More Jewels Better?


More jewels commonly mean more complications, but it does not necessarily signify higher quality. In the 1960s some watchmakers made timepieces that featured dozens of unfunctional decorative jewels, but that craze fortunately faded. In modern practice, most watches will not usually exceed 31 jewels. 


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