If a watch says “Swiss parts,” “Swiss Made,” or “Swiss Movement” on it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the watch is from Switzerland or that all the parts are even made there. A watch is considered Swiss, according to the Swiss law, if:
-its movement is Swiss
-its movement is cased up in Switzerland
-the manufacturer carries out the final inspection in Switzerland
A watch movement is considered Swiss if:
-the movement has been assembled in Switzerland
-the movement has been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland
-the components of Swiss manufacture account for at least 60 percent of the total value, without taking into account the cost of assembly.
If the movement is to be considered Swiss, 51% of its value must be Swiss and at least the last wheel must be added in Switzerland. Swiss watch brands without the “Swiss made” label are usually equipped with a Japanese movement. The “Swiss parts” label means that the movement is assembled in Asia using kits consisting at least partially of Swiss made components. These laws are surrounded by controversy within the industry because many believe that they are too lax. However, these standards are not the guidelines for what makes a watch Swiss, but they are the minimum standards.
For Swiss watch parts to be replaced, they must be replaced with original Swiss parts or accepted replacement parts if the original part is unavailable. For it to retain its Swiss value, these repairs must be done by a professional watchmaker.
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Times Ticking has been in operation for more than 30 years, since 1982. We have performed watch repair for customers both locally and internationally. If it Ticks! We KNOW it! Our team of watch repair technicians have a combined experience in watchmaking of over 120 years.