Disassembly

Education — October 24, 2010

In my desperate attempt to understand the interworkings of the mechanical watch, I enrolled in a online course and purchased a watchmaker’s tool set with a ETA 2801 movement.

Level 1 consists of disassembly. After about two full days of squinting behind a loupe, and feebly handing tweezers, I finished:

Only managed to break one part – the lower Incabloc spring for shock absorption. (My hair is probably thicker than that little guy.) I’ve ordered five more of these springs, and will move on to assembly once they arrive.

Mechanical watches are so intricate and beautiful. Just looking at the gears move makes me feel like I’m witnessing the creation of time itself.

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