Replica Watch Guide: What Is a Smooth Sweeping Second Hand?

Since I’ve been receiving quite a lot of questions regarding this topic lately, I thought it would be a good idea to set matters straight when it comes to this matter. I’ve already written a post offering tips on how to differentiate between a replica watch and the original and one of the most reliable ways to do this is to take a closer look at the second hand movement.


Well today I want to share more info about the topic, in the hopes everything will become more clear for you. First things first, in order to understand what a smooth sweeping second hand means you need to know the difference between quartz replicas and automatic movement fake watches.

First off, quartz replica watch models are battery operated, while automatic ones are kinetic timepieces or self-winding. The big advantage of a quartz movement watch is that you will never have to wind it. Even if you don’t wear it for months on end, it will retain the capability of showing the correct time without you having to set it.

Automatic movement replica watches have a power reserve of 24-48 hours so if you take the replica watch off for a couple of days you will have to remember to set the time when you want to wear it again. Also, all automatic replicas be it a Rolex replica (my favorite) or a Cartier replica need to be worn for about 8-10 hours per day in order for them to tell time correctly.

Even though a quartz movement watch seems to be more practical, it’s the automatic movement watch that’s the true work of art due to its complicated inner mechanism. The more complex is the inside movement, the more difficult it is to replicate it. That’s the reason why major watch brands choose to make most of their watch models with extremely complex automatic movements inside, which in turns makes them very hard to replicate.

What Does a Smooth Sweeping Second Hand Tell Us About the Watch?

But I’m here to talk about the smooth sweeping second hand – this is a characteristic of automatic movement watches and is characterized by the ability of the second hand to perform continuous movements per second. This to the naked eye, translated in a smooth motion. Remember that a quartz movement watch will not enjoy such a feature.

That’s why only a high-end replica watch will take advantage of a smooth sweeping second hand and will not make any “ticking” sounds. The smoother the movement on the second hand is, the better the mechanism on the inside – this is an important mantra to remember.

For the untrained eye, the smoothness of the motion isn’t all that obvious, but for a professional this difference is the key to distinguish a good watch from a bad watch. Normally, the Swiss replicas have a smoother second hand than Japanese ones do, hence the difference in price.

So when you are buying a new Rolex replica or a Cartier replica or whatever you brand of choice ends up to be, you need to consider this very important detail. You should keep in mind that the type of movement can ensure time being kept with better accuracy. So that’s it folks, I hope this information will come in handy when you go out to purchase your next replica watch model.

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