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The Escapement for Dummies

The word ‘escapement’, is one you’ll no doubt have encountered multiple times when reading about watches. But what exactly is an Escapement, and why is it important that you should know? Simply put, an escapement delivers energy from the barrel, via the train wheels, to the regulating unit (balance or pendulum) to maintain its oscillation. […]

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What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

When you come to servicing a modern watch, chances are you will have access to the technical information for that specific calibre. In the information pack you will find the watch’s reference FREQUENCY. This is the frequency at which the hairspring is expected to operate in order to output the correct time. A variation from […]

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A Short Glossary of Parts Found in an Automatic Watch

When reading about watches, you will hear a lot of part names thrown around. Below is a list of some of the most common parts of an automatic watch and a brief description of the function of the more common (or interesting) bits. 1. Crown Wheel: the crown wheel engages with the winding pinion, which […]

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Mainspring in Focus

The term ‘Creep’ refers to the slipping of the welded bridle around the outside of a lubricated barrel Creep. To compensate, some brands have grooved the barrel wall to stop the bridle from slipping. The problem is, though, that the torque generated from the winding with a grooved wall sends too much power to the […]

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The quartz crystal, cut and finished in the shape of a tuning fork, is responsible for delivering a intervallic voltage, drawn from its piezoelectric frequency, to the circuit, but how the circuit chooses to use that voltage is a different matter. The load, or drain, on the battery increases with the introduction of mechanical friction. […]

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