Friday, May 15, 2009

How A Watch Works...


How A Watch Works
Hamilton Watch Company [Circa 1949]

Ever wonder how that mechanical masterpiece on your wrist actually works? Me too!!!

Many people don't know this, but the United States used to be a world leader in making watches up until World War II, when many of the watch manufacturers converted their facilities to manufacturing military components. After World War II, the United States of America went into manufacturing other things, but the Swiss kept going with making watches and watchmaking grew considerably in Japan.

This movie, from the Hamilton Watch Company, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania shows how a mechanical watch works. The primary difference between what you see in this video and a Rolex Perpetual is that Rolex has an automatic winding rotor that winds the watch, otherwise they work very similarly. Enjoy!!!

1 comment:

James P said...

Good stuff! I never fully understood the transmission. Nothing like a large model to show how things work :-)

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