Watch Jewels

The Purpose of Jewels in Watches

Jewels are used to reduce friction, increase accuracy, and improve the durability of your watch. Typically, luxury and higher-grade watches use ruby jewelled movements to prolong the life of the watch. Higher-quality watches typically have more jewels.

Types of Watch Jewels

  1. Hole-jewels
  2. Cap-jewels
  3. Pallet-jewels
  4. Impulse/roller jewels

Hole-jewels:

 

Cap-jewels

 

Pallet-jewels:

 

Impulse (roller) jewel:

 

Typical Jewel Placement in Watches:

Jewels can be placed anywhere the watch components move against each other. Jewel placement can also be asymmetric for the appearance of additional jewels.