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Perpetual Calendar watches
Authored by: Sean  

When it comes to wristwatches, some of the things that set a timepiece apart are its place of manufacture, the quality of materials used, brand image and features. While all of this is pretty apparent, the one thing that serious watchmakers and watch collectors look for is a complication. A complication is simply any feature that goes beyond the regularly accepted ones. Some of the more popular complications are flyback chronograph, annual calendar and Moon phase. One hugely popular complication is the perpetual calendar.

 

Watch experts, at least some of them, state that a perpetual calendar can also be termed as a Grand Complication. So, what does a perpetual calendar complication do in a wristwatch? This calendar mechanism is capable of displaying the correct date on your wrist watch continuously. It will take into account the fact that there is a leap year. It will also take into account the fact that different months have either 30 or 31 days and so on. Adjusting for the right day and date and year is something that a perpetual calendar watch does, so you do not have to fiddle with crowns and buttons.

 

Essentially, a perpetual calendar watch functions on a cam. This cam has 3 different markings on it which take into account a large dent for the month of February, 4 dents which take into account all the months with 30 days and 7 ridges for the months with 31 days. This cam works in consonance with a lever and connects with a date wheel. This is done with the help of a pawl that connects with the ridges on a date wheel. The ridges and gaps on the cam tell the lever how to connect with the date wheel and when to move it from one date to another. Normally, this process is conducted around midnight so when you wake up the next morning, the date has changed to the right one!

 

Patek Phillippe produced a watch featuring a minute repeating perpetual calendar complication in the year 1898. One of the earliest perpetual calendar watches came from the house of Breguet. This was way back in 1929 when the company introduced the Breguet No.4244 and it was the very first wristwatch to have a perpetual calendar complication. When it comes to other wristwatches that are famous in this domain, one must also mention Jaeger LeCoultre, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Casio and Seiko among others.

 

The technology of Citizen watches has always made it a very popular choice. The perpetual calendar complication that can be found in the Citizen Perpetual Calendar World Time BR0010-56E and the Citizen Calibre 8700 BL8000-54L make them extraordinarily fascinating and stylish timepieces to have. You can also check out how Dave reviews the latter to get an idea about this watch.

 

 

CITIZEN PERPETUAL CALENDAR WORLD TIME BR0010-56E

CITIZEN PERPETUAL CALENDAR WORLD TIME BR0010-56E

 

 

CITIZEN CALIBRE 8700 BL8000-54L

CITIZEN CALIBRE 8700 BL8000-54L

 

Seiko, with its Seiko Premier SNP025P1 is also another popular choice. You will get to enjoy its Roman numerals and its luxurious leather strap, along with its perpetual calendar complication. Dave has reviewed this model for you as well.

 

 

SEIKO PREMIER SNP025P1

SEIKO PREMIER SNP025P1

 

Maybe it is because of the fact that a perpetual calendar seems to bestow a watch with the ability to look into the future or maybe it is because a perpetual calendar is a Grand Complication – whatever be the reason, there is no denying the fact that this is one complication that adds a remarkable touch of sophistication to your wrist.

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