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Paving the Way To Today's Watches

Posted by Joel Bixi on

In the beginning of the 16th century, with the invention of the mainspring, a thin metal wire that gets wound up with a key, and keeps the wheels of the watch turning for hours until it’s due for the next wind, this innovation enabled longer time keeping per spring wind, as well as to create smaller springs to lead the way to creating the current form of watches. For the next couple of centuries, watch makers worked on refining the mainspring concept of the watch, creating easier winding, by turning the crown thus tightening the spring (Mechanical), and by adding a weight on the movement that tightens the mainspring by spinning around and around thus maintaining a constant winding when worn(Automatic), Until the 1960’s….

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