What is a Manual Mechanical Watch?

Continuing with our latest updates on the blog. We take a step further and we explain in a simple way in which basically involves the operation of a manual mechanical watch. We have previously discussed the quartz watches and automatic (which are also mechanical). We hope that with this new release have more clear what the watch that best suits your needs.

What is it?

This is a watch that lacks (in most cases) of any electrical component. Its machinery is basically a mechanical system generally made of metal. The driving force needed to start the machinery is provided by a driving spring or by medium weights or chains. That is why it is the most common in towers of churches, town halls and big buildings clock. However, over the years also he reached wristwatches and pocket.

How does it work?

It is a fairly basic system that has its origin in the classic watches weights. These early clocks were working with weights mechanism, to be placed at the end of a rope, it was wound on a rotating drum. Weights down by gravity and were operating the watch.

Later would come the spring motor or coil spring that replacing the system of weights, allowed build watches that were more portable and loaded by turning a key. The engine power a toothed wheel which, in turn triggering smaller wheels. A regulator was responsible for determining the progress of the clock. This is the mechanism that has had more impact, especially along the XIX, although over time it has been refined and has resulted in pendulum clocks.

What about the bracelet?

They are further refined this system. A mechanical wristwatch has a very complex and highly refined mechanical assembly. This makes it a type of watches highly appreciated by those who love and understand the trade. Among its small components we can find with screws, bridges, rubies (to avoid friction), plates and wheels, among others. As to wind the watch, the movement is transmitted between the different gears (all of different sizes) and we activate operation mechanism that is responsible for maintaining the clock pulse and therefore the movement of the needles.

What is maintenance?

In addition to the added in previous posts on issues of cleanliness (we invite you to take them out), the main precaution that we have with a mechanical watch is to wind it every morning.

Nor should we forget conduct a periodic review every 3 – 5 year by our watchmaker confidence to avoid any possible damage.

Another of his care is that, due to the multitude of small pieces which houses, is recommended to avoid strong shock or vibration.

Why they are more expensive?

The high precision in manufacture and adjustment, as well as the materials used in its construction, make a manual mechanical watch is a treat for most. However, we have a type of clock that is built to last many years. In fact, most watches life passing in inheritance are of this style, many with more than a hundred years.

Are they accurate?

They usually have a deviation with day, but not regularly. Some days may gain or lose more or less than the previous. Its constitution so causes, but it is also true that they have more charm than other watches.


Undoubtedly, it is a watch designed for lovers of mechanics, good watches and classic style. For his special care, maintenance and price, it is a perfect gift for someone who enjoys leading wrist watch, but not for someone who just needs to see the time.

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