Hand Winding Historical Collectible Watches
At the time of my fathers retirement he was awarded a gold watch from his employer of more
than twenty years. The finely crafted Swiss watch contains 21 jeweled movement, meaning
that the small cogs and gears inside the watch are perfectly crafted and aligned to produce a
smooth and accurate movement as the hands on the face of the wristwatch keep time.
After my father died I inherited his wristwatch that has to be wound by hand each 24 hours in
order to keep running. Watch winders are wonderful pieces of engineering that wind a spring
coil inside the watch, priming the gears. As the spring slowly uncoils the watch keeps time, but
the watch must be wound up daily for it to continually keep accurate time. A couple of years
ago I replaced the watch winder and bezel and added a new strap to the wristwatch after 30
I also own one of three pocket watches once owned by my great grandfather. This remarkable
pocket watch requires two watch winders that are small keys which when inserted into the
back of the watch wind the internal spring. One of the watch winders is for moving the hands
on the dial while the other sets the spring and gears in motion.
The old pocket watch still keeps time well, but occasionally sticks if the second hand catches
on the minute hand. The pocket watch was made in England in the late 1880s from what I can
determine by the watchmakers stamps that are engraved into the back of the stainless steel
Midwest Diamond and Watch Company (http://diamondsandwatches.com) is a source of fine
timepieces, diamonds and one of a kind designer jewelry. Specializing in high end low
production timepieces such as Watchwinders from fine European companies such as Buben &
Zorweg, andUnderwood. Billings Farnsworth is a freelance writer.
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