How a Mechanical Watch Works

What the parts do in a mechanical watch.


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By: Gary Taylor, Journalist

Mechanical watches have 7 core parts. The mainspring connects the winding pinion and the mainspring barrel, the Wheel train which helps the watch run for longer, the escapement controls the power flow, the balance wheel regulates energy, the crown assembly is used to wind the watch, and the motion works which keep track of time accurately, And the supporting structure which holds everything in place.

To start the watch you set the time by pulling the knob and turning it to set the time and then push it back in. Then you wind it and it starts moving. Watches usually move for around 20 hours; when it stops ticking, you need to rewind them. You can overwind a watch so as soon as there is resistance stop winding.

Which are better, manual or automatic watches?

First, you have to know the difference between the two, the main difference is how they get wound, automatic watches are self-winding watches and manual watches are hand winded. you don’t have to wind mechanical watches a lot but you have to wind manuals frequently. automatics are usually better because they don’t need daily winding, they are more accurate because you wind them and keep using them, they are more common, and they are more durable.


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