How a mechanical watch works

February 17, 2013

As some of you know, I’m really into mechanical watches, and have spent an absurd amount of money chasing engineering perfection with these little machines you wear on your wrist. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the ultimate gadget.

Anyway, this video offers a wonderful description—using an oversized model—of how, exactly, mechanical watches store and translate energy into the movement of the dial, while maintaining accuracy. Though the video was created more than 60 years ago, the general principles are still very accurate with respect to the operation of modern mechanical watches.

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