1. The World’s Most Complicated Pocket Mechanical Watch
The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 is the world’s most complicated pocket mechanical watch. It was crafted in 1989 and it took five years of research and development and another four years to manufacture. It’s made from 18-carat gold, has 24 hands, 1,728 components in total and 33 special features, including a thermometer and a star chart.
2. The World’s First Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch
In 1925, Patek Philippe debuted Ref. 97975, the world’s first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. For almost a century, the replica watches Swiss watchmaker has continued to build on their reputation for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, which automatically indicate months with 28, 30, and 31 days and every four years also recognizes the 29th of February as a leap day. In fact, the only adjustment will need to be made in 2100, as it is a secular year according to the Gregorian calendar, so the date display must be corrected by hand.
3. The World’s First GPS Solar Watch
The Seiko Astron is a solar-powered watch and it is the world’s first GPS Solar Watch. The Astron features GPS controlled time zone adjustment, world time functions that recognize 39 time zones via satellite, and a perpetual calendar. Automatic Atomic Time Synchronization from GPS Satellites is one of the best features of this device which have an ultra-Low Power GPS Receiver. This watch is accurate to ±15 Seconds / Month when not automatically synchronizing with the satellites. The Airplane mode is also present to disable automatic synchronization while flying, for frequent flyers.
4. Rolex Started In London
The famous watchmaking company didn’t start out in Switzerland from where it operates but rather began working from London. You would also be surprised to know that the company didn’t start as a watchmaking company but rather a watch assembling company. The founders in 1905, Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, used to import Swiss movements and then incorporated them into English watch bodies. Afterwards, they were sold to jewelers who would use their own logo and sell them. However in 1908, they realized that it would be more profitable to make their own watches. The HQ shifted to Geneva in 1919 from London following the World War I.