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WATCH PARTS NAMES AND FAQ'S

If you are not sure what the name of a specific part on your watch is called see the examples below.

Click here to see various FAQ's

Hover over any area of the watch below to see a description. Or you can click on any  part of the watch to see a description  frame below the watch image.

 

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1.  Train bridge

23.  Lower escape wheel pivot / cap jewel

2.  Third wheel 24.  Escapement inspection holes
3.  Upper third wheel pivot / hole jewel 25.  Lower pallet arbor pivot / hole jewel
4.  Set lever screw (detent screw) 26.  Lower balance pivot/ cap jewel

5.  Transmission wheel (Crown wheel)

27.  Click

6.  Ratchet wheel (Winding wheel) 28.  Click spring
7.  Barrel bridge 29.  Upper center wheel pivot / hole jewel
8.  Clutch wheel 30.  Center wheel
9.  Winding pinion 31.  Balance cock

10.  Set lever

32.  Regulator
11.  Stem 33.  Upper balance pivot / cap jewel
12.  Crown 34.  Escapement inspection notch
13.  Yoke spring 35.  Hairspring stud
14.  Setting lever spring ( set bridge ) 36.  Balance wheel
15.  Yoke 37.  Pallet bridge
16.  Upper forth wheel pivot / hole jewel 38.  Hairspring
17.  Set wheel 39.  Upper pallet arbor pivot / hole jewel
18.  Lower barrel arbor pivot / hole 40.  Pallets
19.  Minute wheel 41.  Escape wheel
20.  Mainspring barrel 42.  Upper escape wheel pivot / cap jewel
21.  Center shaft and cannon pinion 43.  Forth wheel
22.  Lower forth wheel pivot / hole jewel 44.  Hour wheel

Below are some frequently asked questions we receive regarding watches in general. Follow the links for info.

Q: What part of the watch is the crown?

A: The watch crown is the button used to wind and set the watch.

See also the example image above or Our technical watch information pages.

Q: Where on the watch is the crystal?

A: The watch crystal is the clear glass or plastic that covers and protects the dial of the watch.

See also the example image above or Our technical watch information pages.

Q: What is the face or dial of the watch?

A: The dial (AKA Face) of a watch is where the time is displayed.

See also the example image above or Our technical watch information pages.

Q: Which is the face of the watch, is it the clear part?

A: The dial (AKA Face) of a watch is where the time is displayed.

See also the example image above or Our technical watch information pages.

Q: Can you over wind a watch or clock?

A: Many people believe you can over wind a watch, this is however only partly true.  When winding a watch or clock you should stop when you feel the mainspring come to it's end or in other words when it stops winding easily and you feel the spring stop turning.  If you continue trying to wind a watch or clock past the fully wound point you can break the stem, crown, key, or mainspring.  You cannot wind a watch or clock so much you make it not run by giving it too much power unless you physically break something.  Generally it is quite the opposite, the more power the movement has the more likely it is that it will run.  When a timepiece is wound and doesn't run it means something is broken or it needs to be overhauled.

Q: Can the electricity or magnetism in my body affect my watch?

A: Many people believe that the electricity or magnetism in their body somehow affects the operation of their watch.  In my opinion and the opinion of most watchmakers this is not fact. I have tried many experiments and have found that not to be the case. Some unscrupulous watch repairers tell their customers this when they cannot figure out what the problem actually is with a watch.  There is some people out there that will argue this to their grave, I am open minded about it.

Q: Will leaving the watch on its side cause it to loose time?

A: Yes in most cases this is true.  Leaving your watch laying on it's side usually will cause it to slow down but only slightly.  Many times people will use this to their advantage.

Q: Do you need to wind an "automatic watch?"

A: You need to wind it if the watch has not been worn for a long time and has been allowed to stop or run itself out of power. Before you wear it the watch should be wound by giving 14 or so turns on the crown, the watch should then stay wound as long as you are wearing it and active enough to keep it wound.

Q: Is it normal or okay to see moisture or condensation under the crystal of my watch?

A: Moisture is not good for any watch.  Older, vintage dress watches and watches that were not designed to be water resistant sometimes will fog up in hot weather and clear when the temp changes.  It is still not however good for the watch, if the weather is wet or extreme and your watch was not designed for it "IE water resistant", DON'T WEAR IT in bad weather or around water.  If your watch was designed to be water resistant it should not EVER have moisture in it and you should never see condensation under the glass no matter what the weather or temp is.  If your water resistant watch shows signs of moisture get it repaired and re-sealed immediately or your watch will be damaged.  Never wear any watch is a hot tub, the extreme heat can cause the watch to leak.

 


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