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Hands

15 September 2016 by Greg Kelly

There are many different designs used for the hands of the watch. Hands that are a dark navy in colour are called "blued steel" hands and are the result of super heating steel until the colour changes.

This technique was first used by the famous watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet in the 19th century to help make the hands more legible.

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