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Posted: 04 Dec 2012
Choosing a mechanical watch movement is a bit like choosing an engine for your car. Some are made in bigger volumes, used by several brands, while others are made in watchmakers' own workshops and exist in only a few models. Those made on a smaller scale tend to be more complicated and better-looking, although those produced in larger volumes tend to be more durable. Generally, an in-house one will be more expensive, but will hold its value longer. The best-known of the in-house makers is Rolex, which, along with Patek Philippe and Zenith, produce many thousands of movements each year. For real rarity and examples of exotic micro-engineering, look to more boutiquey firms such as Jaeger-LeCoultre.
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