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    02. What makes mechanical watches so fascinating? (Part I)

    Heritage and ingenuity 

    Let's get this out of the way. In terms of accuracy, mechanical watches are, just not that accurate. They are prone to variation based on various factors such as susceptibility to shock, temperature, and wind. They could lose or gain 5 to 10 seconds a day. Even the very best don't do very well here. Deviation of +/-1 second is considered exceptional. Quartz watches can easily keep time to an accuracy within 4 seconds a month.

    However, what you lose in accuracy, you gain in, well, pretty much everything.

    Mechanical watches are far more fascinating. The first mechanical watch with modern precision (a few seconds a day) dates back to the 17th century.

    Stop for a second and imagine.

    These watches have a large number of tiny little moving parts inside. They are extremely complicated. Each component needs to be precisely engineered. No details can be ignored. All these would mean nothing without an intricate design, the design that brings everything together and makes the watch run, like clockwork (pun intended).  

    This video is a demonstration of the "simple" mechanical watch in action.

    They are impressive, even in this modern age. A few centuries back? They are monuments to the height of human achievement.

    Each mechanical watch now carries this heritage of skills, mastery, and expertise of our ancestors. They signify our undying desire for progress, our neverending quest to better ourselves, and our ingenuity.

    "A mechanical watch allows us to express our appreciation for something done the best it can be down," rightfully written by Fashionbeans' watch columnist Robin Swithinbank.

    Read part 2of this series to learn more.


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