Mechanical timepieces represent some of the finest examples of engineering prowess and craftsmanship in the world. But nothing is perfect. We asked several watch aficionados to give us their thoughts on what they love about mechanical watches, and what they don’t. Read on to learn what they had to say.
Christina Green, Co-founder of My Speech Class.
Self-Winding, Fascinating Structure; Less Accurate Time, Wear and Tear
First, let me explain how a mechanical watch works. Inside a barrel, there is a spring, and squeezing that spring manually stores the energy required to function the watch.
- As previously said, springs hold the energy required to operate the watch. However, the most significant benefit is that a mechanical watch does not need a battery.
- Do you like the mechanical structure? There are many gears and springs, and it’s a fascinating thing to wear on your wrist.
- Self-winding can also power your mechanical watch.
- The sound of a mechanical watch gives a raw feeling.
- The main disadvantage is that it needs regular winding, and missing the winding can disturb the time setting.
- Time can’t be perfectly accurate because it is incredibly reliant on crafting skills.
- Wear and tear can occur in the gears and springs, impacting timing precision.
- It’s a little more weighty than digital and other wristwatches.
Besides the cons, if you are passionate about wristwatches, it may be a classic option.
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