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Vintage Watch Accuracy Revisited

How accurate can a vintage watch be?  The Tick Tock blog has posted two enlightening pieces on the accuracy of watches, particularly vintage watches, since these two articles are from 1950.

"One of the things many watchmakers struggle with is customers who want modern accuracy (or even quartz accuracy) from vintage timepieces. It seems that over the years we have forgotten what was expected of wristwatches 50 years ago."

Indeed.
Take a look at the entire blog post here:

http://watchmakingblog.com/2011/04/06/vintage-accuracy/

Read the two pieces via Google Docs, one here and the other here.
My earlier comments on this subject are here...
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