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Mechanical Watches vs. Quartz Watches

What is a Mechanical Watch? A mechanical watch is a watch driven by a mainspring that turns gears as it unwinds. These gears then transfer force to a balance wheel, which oscillates uniformly back and forth, taking the same amount of time for each swing. As the balance wheel swings, an “escapement” then allow the watch’s gears to advance uniformly (giving a mechanical watch its “ticking” sound). Rotating hands attached to the gears then display the time on the dial of the watch. Mechanical watches represent one of the oldest technologies created by man. In 1524, a German locksmith named...

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Watches - Tune-Up & Service

Your Watch: When To Send it in for a Tune-Up A modern mechanical timepiece is an amazing micro-mechanic marvel that typically beats at a rate of more than 20,000 pulses in a single hour. Multiply that by 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, day in and day out for 3 years and your watch may well have ticked a staggering 571,334,400 times barely missing a beat! Call me crazy, but after ticking nearly 572 million times with only a tiny drop of oil for lubrication your watch deserves a little TLC. Not so long ago a typical...

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