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Some Very Interesting Facts You Probably Don't Know About Mechanical Watches

Today's watches come with so much technology that they bear little resemblance to the ones that were worn by our ancestors. They not only tell the time of local regions, but can also reflect the time in regions all over the world. Unlike the original watches, they not only tell the hour and the minute but can pinpoint the time down to the second. They reflect the date and often come with built in alarm clocks so that you never have to worry about waking up late or forgetting an important appointment. There are even watches that have technology that light up the components for easy viewing despite varying light levels or that can withstand water pressure so that they can be worn while deep sea diving. Because these types of watches rule today's society, little thought is given about the original ones that were worn by the previous generations.Before analog watches were the quartz watches and before them was the mechanical watch. These watches use springs that need to be wound by the wearer. Many of the older ...


The Watch Is A Lot Older Than You May Think

As early as the 1300s, timepieces became all the rage. These crude early models required the wearer to wind up the spring mechanism that kept the watch hands moving. While this technology was relatively accurate, there was plenty of room for improvement.In this wind up watch, spinning the watch's wind up mechanism caused a spring to tighten. As it loosened, an object called an oscillator began turning the gears that attached to the post that made the watch hands move. Gears prevented the watch hands from moving too rapidly.Oddly enough, this technology would last for more than six centuries. With all the advancements in technology, it would not be until the 1960s that battery operated watches replaced wind up watches.In the 1960s, quartz crystals were being used in computers, radio transmitters, and radio receivers. Quartz crystals had tremendous electrical properties that were emitted when the quartz crystal heated up. Scientists began to question if these electrical properties could be used to operate a wat...


Why Mechanical Watches Still Have A Place In The Watch Market

Mechanical watches are the old fashioned watches that need to be wound up every day. They have no pretensions about them, no gimmicks just good old fashioned watch making at its best. Some people swear by them and will not go near a digital watch. They say they trust the old style more. Mechanical watches they say give a more accurate time. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact they feel they have more control over how it works, that they are the ones every night winding it up and making it tick again. Maybe they like the more authentic style; the big round clock face, roman numerals and shiny watch straps. Whatever the reason they are still incredibly popular with consumers, and despite strong competition from their digital sons look here to stay.These watches tend to appeal to the connoisseurs. People that know how watches work. So how do they work? Well a mechanical watch is like an engine, it is powered by a mechanical set of gears. To get these gears moving we wind the spring until it can't be wo...


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