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Watch Clock Terminology
Oct 18, 2018

Watch clock terminology (English / French / German)


1.

Verge escapement(Échappementàverge/Spindelhemmung)

Axle escapement

The early escapement that emerged in Europe in the 14th century, also known as the crown-wheel escapement, consisted mainly of a "crown wheel" shaped like a Western crown as an escape wheel, with its convex teeth and " The two "columns" on the "shaft" are engaged. At the time, the mechanism was used in a large mechanical clock, and the "regulator" was a "swing rod" with heavy objects at both ends, which was located at the top of the "shaft".

Vibration(Alternance/Halbschwingung)

watch clock terminology

Beat

The number of swings of the governor of the watch in unit time

Virgule escapement(Échappementàvirgule/Kommahemmung)

Hook-type escapement

Born in the 18th century, its main feature is that it has a cylinder standing on the wheel surface on each escapement tooth, and a hook similar to the hook in the hollow tube of the balance shaft.

Watch(Montre/Kleinuhr)

The timer used for metering time and easy to carry is generally composed of three parts: the movement, the case that protects the movement, the dial and the indicator indicating the time.

Waterproof (Imperméableàl, eau/Wasserdicht)

waterproof

This word is usually marked on the bottom cover of the case to indicate a certain waterproof performance.

Water Resistance(Résistanceàl,eau/Wasserbeständigkeit)

Waterproof device

That is, the case, the crown, the watch, etc. are all waterproof and dustproof, and can maintain a certain waterproof function in the specified depth of water.

Weight(Poids/Gewicht)

Heavy hammer

Actuator that relies on gravity to drive the mechanical operation of the watch

Wheel(Roue/Rad)

A circular mechanism that rotates around a shaft in a timepiece movement. Its function is to transmit power or operate in conjunction.

Winding-mechanism (Remontoir/Aufzug)

Upper body

a general term for a device that can act as a spring

Winding-stem(Tige de remontoir/Aufzugwelle)

Upper shaft

Through this device extending from the movement, the clockwork can be tightened to maintain the motive force required to travel.




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