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HODINKEE Editor in Chief Jack Forster wonders what watch could last forever

That leaves the mainspring. A plain blued-steel mainspring will not final practically lengthy sufficient, as they tend to fatigue, “set” (that’s, progressively lose their elasticity and develop into set in a decent spiral), and break. Nevertheless, I ran this query by none apart from Roger Smith, who instructed me that this isn’t a problem with trendy mainspring alloys. Roger additionally identified, with I feel pardonable delight, that certainly one of his watches could be excellent, assuming you possibly can afford one and do not thoughts just a few years on his ready checklist – you might be most likely promoting all of your worldly possessions anyway so springing, hahahaha, for an RS is nearly as good a approach as any to spend the final cash you will ever spend. The benefit to an RS watch is that the escapement doesn’t require oil, so you’ll not see put on on the impulse surfaces, or charge variation because of lubricant deterioration. (Roger additionally identified that the identical benefit would apply to any pocket watch with a chronometer detent escapement.)