What makes up time; an analogue wrist watch

Time, where are you going? Why did you leave me? I want more of you? Now I am just asking for an existential crisis if I continue this discuss. But I think I will veer towards the mechanical parts or the movement of an analogue wind up watch.

To start my discussion of this lovely timepiece from the far east, I would like to start with the largest part we can see. The sprocket with the wind-up spring, called the mainspring. It is tightened by the outer knob, crown, until the spring is tight. You don’t want to over tighten it because it could break. The winding of the mainspring happens in the barrel sprocket, which is cut away on the top of this watch located on the of face of the watch.  The other item that is captivating in this image is the balance wheel. The balance wheel is fast moving wheel with the small spring attached that is the second-hand timing of the watch. I have always love to watch it bounce back and forth while the second-hand advances. The sound of ticking watch comes from the advancing of the escape wheel being advanced by the pallet lever from the balance wheel. The escape wheel is attached to the second hand which gives most analogue watches it constant motion. In reading about the movements of a watch I have learned that precision of placement, Gears, Sprockets, Springs and hands of a watch are a delicate balancing act. My appreciation for the movement of traditional watches has been renewed from all my screen loving watches of today. Are you a purist, hybrid designer, or phooey on that old school tech?

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