Timepieces:Data & Statistics
Movement Imports Move on Up
Watch movements with 17 or more jewels were imported to the U.S. at an
extremely high rate in 1996, an astonishing increase of 2,284%. These movements
are used primarily in mechanical and automatic watches.
The import figures (the most recent available) likely reflect the use
of more synthetic rubies in the new, less-expensive automatic movements
now on the market. It also supports what retailers have reported for the
past three years - more consumers are interested in automatic watches.
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