Wednesday Hump Day Fun Fact # 48 !!!

Posted by Daubin Barshtak on May 07, 2014.

(IWC Portuguese Grande Complications Minute Repeater, Model # IW5242-04)

What is a minute repeater?

A repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch that chimes the time on demand by activating a push or a slide-piece. Different types of repeater allow the time to be heard to varying degrees of precision; from the simple quarter-repeater, which merely strikes the number of hours and quarters, to the minute repeater, which sounds the time down to the minute using separate tones for hours, quarter-hours and minutes.

Originating before widespread use of electricity, they allowed the time to be determined in the dark and they were also used by the visually impaired. Today minute repeaters, one of the most complex repeater mechanisms, are coveted by collectors and watch lovers alike as rare masterpieces of precision mechanical engineering.


    Leave a comment

    Comments have to be approved before showing up

Site by Rawsterne

Pacific Bay Watch sells only 100% Authentic watches. All brands are trademarks of their respective holders. Retail price is manufacturer's suggested retail price and may not reflect actual selling prices. Pacific Bay Watch is not and does not claim to be an Authorized Dealer of any brand advertised on our website. Because we are not an Authorized Dealer, we cannot offer manufacturer warranty for watches we sell. Instead Pacific Bay Watch provides 2 year warranty on any watch we sell. For more information visit our About page.