Mechanical watches have been a favorite of watch enthusiasts for centuries. These watches are different than other types due to their unique time keeping and power system based on hand winding and kinetic energy. The mechanical watches popularity has dropped in recent years for other types of movements, especially quartz, but these amazing watches still are loved by millions around the world today.
Mechanical watches tend to be less accurate then their quarts counterparts. Mechanical watches sometimes even loose a few seconds over their lifetime. They loose about 5-10 seconds a day and must be made accurate again every few days. Some might see this as a reason to not use a mechanical watch, but this is how telling time has been done for centuries before the advent of battery powered watches and watch enthusiasts should be exited to participate in an important aspect of watch history.
2. Watch jewels
Mechanical watches utilize watch jewels in their movements. Jewels were introduced in the early 18th century. They used to be ground from natural gems like sapphire and ruby. There are two purposes for watch jewels. Mostly they reduce friction, a way to improve time keeping by reducing variations in the balance wheel. They also serve to increase the life of the bearings.
3. The ticking sounds
A big component of mechanical watches is their ticking sounds. Mechanical watches tend to produce a distinct faint ticking sound that makes them easily identifiable. A device in the movement called an escapement, a mechanism that releases the wheels moving the watch hands, is the origin of the mechanical watches tick.