Watchmaking Magnification

Watchmakers have a variety of magnification options at their disposal. Throughout your watchmaking journey, you’ll likely encounter the need for each type of magnification tool. Hence, it’s crucial to allocate space in your toolkit for these different tools, ensuring you can choose the most appropriate one for each specific task.

Watchmaking Magnification FAQ

Watchmaking magnification is the use of optical devices, such as loupes, glasses, or microscopes, to enhance the vision of watchmakers when they work with small and delicate parts of watches.

Watchmakers use different magnifications depending on the task and their personal preference. Generally, watchmakers use magnifications ranging from 2x to 20x. For example, 2x to 4x magnification is good for general inspection and assembly, while 10x to 20x magnification is good for fine details and adjustments.

A small magnifying glass used by watchmakers is called a loupe. A loupe is a simple lens that can be held in the eye socket or attached to a headband or spectacles. Loupes come in different shapes, sizes, and qualities.

10x magnification is good for examining the escapement, balance wheel, hairspring, and other critical components of a watch movement. It can also help with oiling, regulating, and adjusting the accuracy of a watch.

The best loupe for watchmaking depends on several factors, such as the quality of the lens, the field of view, the depth of field, the working distance, the comfort, and the price. You should also consider your own eyesight and experience level. You can read our guide on how to choose the best loupe for watchmaking here.