What is a Mechanical Wristwatch?
A mechanical wristwatch is a watch that uses a mechanism to measure the passage of your time, rather than modern quartz watches which in turn function electronically. This is driven by a spring (called a mainspring) which must be wound routinely. Its force is transferred through a sequence of gears to power the flywheel, a weighted wheel which oscillates backwards and forwards at a consistent rate. A device called an escapement unleashes the watch’s wheels to progress a small amount with each swing of the flywheel, moving the watch’s hands forward at a constant rate. This makes the ‘ticking’ sound characteristic of all mechanical watches. Mechanical watches evolved in Europe in the 17th century from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 15th century.