Watch is a fashion instrument that’s very attractive because of its extreme portability, but the mechanical components are very sophisticated and small. What’s even more interesting is the fact that all this sophistication is fitted into a very small case.
You may have noticed that it is written that some watches contain jewels inside their movement. Ever wonder what this means? Why do watches have jewels? And what for?
The use of jewels on a watch movement is a simple but important one. Jewels are used in watch movements to prevent or reduce friction between the surfaces of the moving metal parts inside.
When metal rubs against metal in the absence of lubrication, moving parts such as shafts and bearings on the watch can wear out quickly, which can cause the watch movement to break down. In the early days, watch movements used real jewels like ruby, emerald and sapphire, but nowadays synthetic jewels have been developed for this use.
Typically, most watches contain a jewel at the pivot point and in the gear train. You can also see the jewels in the anti-shock mechanism. The difference in the number of gems from one watch to another depends on the level of complexity in the moving part.
In addition to reducing the wear of moving parts, giving the watch longer life and to creating a longer period between servicing, the jewels on a watch movement also affects the accuracy of the watch.
We all love having accurate watches. Some of the most precise watches made in Switzerland can have incredible accuracy and you won’t have to correct them for months or even years. One of the factors that contributes to the watch’s accuracy is the number and quality of the jewels used in it.
The explanation is quite simple. The biggest obstacle to the proper functioning of the watch is friction. If more friction builds up between the moving parts of the watch, then a very one minute slowdown occurs.
Although this withdrawal is almost imperceptible, over a period of time, it adds up to a few seconds or even a few minutes difference. Friction between moving parts can be greatly reduced by adding jewel pads to key parts to increase the accuracy of your watch.
So, that’s the use of jewels on a watch, the more complicated a watch is, it can be indicated by the more jewel they use on the watch movement. Almost all watch collections at The Time Place are equipped with jewels on its movement, find out more by visiting the nearest The Time Place boutique.