Steampunk Watch

You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: those who wear a steampunk watch and those who don’t.
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Steampunk Watch

Steampunk Watches: Add Some Steampunk Style to Your Outfit!

When you’re a woman, you have lots of ways to add a steampunk feel to your everyday wardrobe: steampunk necklaces, steampunk rings, steampunk earings, you name it. You can also wear steampunk clothing (gothic skirt, corset) or some victorian jewelry (lace bracelet, choker necklace), but that might be going overboard. And of course, you can’t miss with a steampunk watch.

Conversely, men have fewer choices. Only steampunk wrist/pocket watches and watch cufflinks (when wearing a shirt and a suit jacket) come to mind.

In addition to their dazzling Neo-Victorian / Retro-Futuristic vibe, steampunk watches allow you to keep track of time and they offer a unique way to feel the power of the past, present and (retro-)future all in one.

Quartz Steampunk Wrist Watches

Watches are much more than instruments that tell time, they are also jewels that reflect your personality and add a unique touch to your outfit.
Be sure to take a look at ThinkGeek’s Steampunk-Styled Tesla Analog Wristwatch. It is one of the best steampunk watches for men because of its awesome design and high quality materials (japanese watch movement and real brown leather strap). Jules Verne would have loved it for sure!
ThinkGeek Tesla Watch
steampunk styled tesla analog watch
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Dual Time Zone Analog Watch
Steel watch with quartz movement
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Verne Travel Watch
Verne unisex travel watch
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Steampunk Alchemist Watch
Steampunk Alchemist Time Piece
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Far from the ordinary models that are available in traditional stores, steampunk wrist watches are elegant and audacious timepieces.

Open Heart and Skeleton Watches

Tick, tick, tick, tick… listen to the mesmerizing sound of the seconds hand, sit back, and contemplate the hypnotic movements of gears, cogs and spring working in unison to keep track of time. With their open heart or skeleton design, steampunk mechanical watches allow the wearer a peek at the working machinery of their watch. It’s a one-of-a-kind sight for a lover of all things mechanical.
Of note, Orient watch movements are among the best in the world. They are very similar in robustness and reliability to Swiss made movements. Plus Orient watches look so cool!
Bronze Case Automatic Skeleton Watch
Bronze Case Automatic Mechanical Skeleton Watch
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Orient Bambino Japanese Automatic Watch
Orient Open Heart Self-Winding Wrist Watch for Men
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Fossil Townsman Mechanical Wristwatch
Luxury watches - Black steel case time piece
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Handmade Leather Cuff With Steampunk Watch
Handmade Aged Brown Leather Cuff With Skeleton Watch
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Shop for the latest styles of hand-wound or self-winding (automatic) mechanical wristwatches!

Should You Buy a Mechanical Watch or a Quartz One?

Tips for choosing the best watches

If you’re considering buying a steampunk watch, you need to understand the pros and cons of mechanical vs quartz watches. A quartz watch is a battery-powered watch that uses an electronic quartz oscillator to measure the passage of time. On the other hand, a mechanical watch uses a mechanical movement consisting of an intricate series of springs and gears working together to produce, store and release the energy to power the watch.

There are two types of movement (also referred to as clockwork or mechanism) found in mechanical watches: automatic and manual. An automatic movement is powered by the kinetic energy created by the wrist and arm movements, while a manual movement need to be powered by winding the crown every 24 or 48 hours. Mechanical watches are usually preferred over quartz watches because of their skeletonized appearance.

Compared to quartz watches, mechanical watches are generally more expensive and less accurate timekeepers. A mechanical watch (even from a luxury brand such as Longines, Breguet, TAG Heuer, Philippe Patek, Rolex, Tissot or Seiko) will typically gain or lose a few seconds a day.

As far as maintenance, mechanical watches need servicing about every five years, while quartz watches typically need new batteries every 2 years. Depending on the model, you may have to bring your quartz watch to a watchmaker or a jeweller to get the battery changed.

Steampunk Pocket Watches

Smartwatches are convenient and useful, but let’s admit it – they’re not so pretty. Yet, the primary reason we buy watches is their design. What better design for steampunk aficionados, than a pocket watch? Steampunk pocket watches with chains are the perfect blend of class and extravagance. Not to mention that they will make you feel like a steam locomotive conductor everytime you put on one.
Whether you’re looking for a skeleton pocket watch or a quartz pocket watch, we’ve got you covered.
Blue Hands Scale Steampunk Pocket Watch
Vintage style mens pocket watch
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Dragon & Phoenix Hand-Wound Mechanical Pocket Watch
Dragon and phoenix - Vintage pocket watch
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Double Opening Black & Blue Mechanical Pocket Watch
Double Opening Black Pocket Watch
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ManChDa Dragon Mechanical Pocket Watch
ManChDa Dragon Mechanical Pocket Watch
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Bronze Skeleton Pocket Watch
Antique bronze pocketwatch
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Kronen & Söhne Full Hunter Mechanical Pocket Watch
Gold pocket watch with blue dial
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Charles-Hubert Paris Gold-Plated Mechanical Pocket Watch
Gold tone watch case timepiece
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ManChDa Railroad Mechanical Pocket Watch
Manchda antique pocket watch
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If you want to go for a timeless chic when choosing a timepiece, opt for a steampunk pocket watch.

The only question that remains is: which is more classy, Roman or Arabic numerals on the dial?

Why Do Some Watches Use the Roman Numeral IIII Instead of IV?

Watchmaking fun facts

Have you ever noticed that, on most watch dials, the number 4 is often written IIII instead of IV as the Roman numeration rule would have it?

It is worth knowing that initially, the Roman numeration system was based solely on an additive principle: 1 = I, 2 = II, 3 = III, 4 = IIII, 5 = V, 9 = VIIII, and so on. The subtractive principle (4 = IV, 9 = IX), only appeared later, during the imperial period. These 2 writing systems were used interchangeably during Antiquity.

It was only during the 15th century that the use of the subtractive system became the norm… except for the 4 of the clock dials (hence the name “watchmaker’s four” given to the IIII). The underlying reasons are aesthetic. First, the use of IIII allows the clock or watch dial to be divided into three groups of four numerals: the I group (I, II, III, III, IIII), the V group (V, VI, VII, VIII), and the X group (IX, X, XI, XII). The use of IIII also brings more balance between the left and right sides of the dial. Indeed, the width of the IIII balances better with the width of the VIII facing it. The desire for balance also explains why the IX is prefered to the VIIII: it is to allow a better symmetry with the III located on the opposite side of the dial.

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