Automatic watches are like magic - they’re powered when worn every day (no batteries required!)

Automatic watches are like magic - they’re powered when worn every day (no batteries required!)

AN INTERSECTION OF ART AND SCIENCE

There are over 160 microscopic components in an automatic watch movement working together perfectly to tell time. Below are the key components and their functions:

AN INTERSECTION OF ART AND SCIENCE

There are over 160 microscopic components in an automatic watch movement working together perfectly to tell time. Below are the key components and their functions:
Back of watch movement
Front of watch movement
Back of watch movement
Front of watch movement
01.

Rotor

Semi-circular weighted disc that swings back and forth with everyday wear to wind the mainspring
01.

Rotor

Semi-circular weighted disc that swings back and forth with everyday wear to wind the mainspring
02.

Crown

External gear to wind the mainspring manually (when watch is not worn every day) and adjust time/date
02.

Crown

External gear to wind the mainspring manually (when watch is not worn every day) and adjust time/date
03.

Mainspring

Tightly coiled metal spring that is wound and unwound to power the escapement (power reserve signals the time it takes to fully unwind)
03.

Mainspring

Tightly coiled metal spring that is wound and unwound to power the escapement (power reserve signals the time it takes to fully unwind)
04.

Escapement

Mechanism that turns energy from the mainspring into impulses that turn the balance wheel (the tick-tock sound comes from the escapement teeth)
04.

Escapement

Mechanism that turns energy from the mainspring into impulses that turn the balance wheel (the tick-tock sound comes from the escapement teeth)
05.

Balance wheel

Weighted wheel that acts like a pendulum that rotates back and forth to turn the gear train
05.

Balance wheel

Weighted wheel that acts like a pendulum that rotates back and forth to turn the gear train
06.

Gear train

Set of gears that translates the rotational speed from the balance wheel into metrics of time
06.

Gear train

Set of gears that translates the rotational speed from the balance wheel into metrics of time
07.

mainplate

Metal plate that serves as the foundational structure of the watch movement and its parts
07.

mainplate

Metal plate that serves as the foundational structure of the watch movement and its parts
08.

date disc

Numbered disc to display the days of the month in addition to time
08.

date disc

Numbered disc to display the days of the month in addition to time
09.

Hands

Metal marker that showcase hours, minutes, and seconds metrics on the watch dial
09.

Hands

Metal marker that showcase hours, minutes, and seconds metrics on the watch dial
10.

Jewels

Gemstones with lubricating oil that reduce friction between gear bearings for a longer lasting timepiece
10.

Jewels

Gemstones with lubricating oil that reduce friction between gear bearings for a longer lasting timepiece

Did you know…

Modern automatic watches typically have a power reserve of 36-48 hours, so you’ll have to “charge” your watch by manually winding the crown ~30x if you haven’t worn your watch in more than a day or two.

Did you know…

Modern automatic watches typically have a power reserve of 36-48 hours, so you’ll have to “charge” your watch by manually winding the crown ~30x if you haven’t worn your watch in more than a day or two.

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