Some Interesting Facts...

Last week the NYT Sunday edition had several articles in their Style supplement on watches.

One page was replete with all sorts of facts although I'm not sure about the sources.

Here are some:

The number of tools used by a VC watchmaker to make the Calibre 1120 SQ: 1200+  Can you verify this, Alex?

28.6 million Swiss watches exported in 2014; 30 million counterfeit Swiss watches produced in 2014

25% of all U.S. watch sales occur in December.

Number of pieces produced annually by Roger W. Smith: 10

Top markets for Swiss watch exports... Hong Kong 18.5%, US 10.7%, China 6.3%, Japan 6%, Italy 5.6%

Average case diameter: 1990 = 36mm; 2015 = 42mm


Re: Some Interesting Facts...
09/20/2015 - 21:24

Interesting numbers JB.  

I wonder if the 1200+ would include every cutting tool/bit, jig, etc. from raw metal blanks/blocks to finished product?  Even so, it sounds high to me.

The counterfeit to real swiss watch production ratio is really interesting.  No idea it was that high!

Thanks for the info.

Re: Re: Some Interesting Facts...
09/20/2015 - 23:50

Hi Dan,

I thought the number was high too. But it's the SQ or skeletonized version, so maybe it includes all the engraving and cutting tools.

But even then, it seems high.


Not surprisingly, I am below average
09/21/2015 - 14:09

The story of my life, I'm afraid.  sad

I just calculated the average case diameter size for my personal collection, and it is 36.85mm.  I am practically stuck back in 1990 (well, at least the early '90s).  I wonder what the average is for other Loungers.  I bet, as a group, we may fall below the current (2015) average of 42mm, considering that is the top end of VC watches these days.   

Thanks for sharing these facts, Joseph.



Even farther down that bell curve, :-)
09/21/2015 - 15:22

36.16mm,  the life of a vintage watch lover smiley

the number of tools seems very high unless they are including the
09/21/2015 - 15:34

toold needed for skeletonizing, finishing and engraving which are not done by one watchmaker but by different artisans

Interesting to scrutiny...
09/21/2015 - 21:40

Clearly, 30 million counterfeit Swiss watches produced in 2014 requires qualification (?wink)...

All in all, it looks to me as though the 'Style' publishers had a page to fill at very ,very short notice...surprise.

Thanks for the keen eye, Joseph. Enjoyable, compulsive reading and it did the trick!

Best wishes