Cleaning of the watch mechanism
Remember that you need to clean the watch mechanism very carefully, avoiding strong pressure on the parts, otherwise they may become deformed – this is an indispensable condition for home cleaning. Ideally, it is advisable to find instructions for this particular model of watch, since in case of improper assembly, they will simply become unusable.
- You need to start with balance : it is immersed in alcohol or gasoline, poured into a cup or glass to a height of about 2 cm. Take the balance with tweezers by the rim, immerse in a cup and rinse, then move them through the air to allow gasoline / alcohol to evaporate, and place it into birch sawdust for final drying – they absorb liquid better than others.
- The anchor plug and the drainage are cleaned in the same way, but dried on paper, because these parts are smaller.
- All other parts are cleaned in the same way . Large ones are put in sawdust for drying, and small ones are put on paper.
- Allow all parts to dry . If after that you notice a plaque on them, gently brush it off with a brush or toothbrush.
- The assembly of the mechanism must be done after the parts have completely dried and do this as quickly as possible so that dust does not get into it.
- Upon completion of assembly, lubricate the parts with watch oil (this is conveniently done with a pipette) and immediately insert into the case.
Lifestyle and watch features
It is no coincidence that many men put watches and cars in the same category of values, as their selection criteria are approximately the same. Therefore, one must understand that men’s watches are a continuation of the identity of their owner, important information that he constantly broadcasts to others. And it is important that this message is clear and correct.
Main indicators and characteristics
Take, for example, a casual model with a basic set of complications: three arrows and a date. All indicators, including the calendar, should be clear and large enough to be read at an angle of 60 degrees. The arrows should be noticeably different from each other, but be made in the same style. And all markers on the dial must be marked with a luminous composition in the dark, a phosphor or safe tritium, even if you are not going to dive in this watch. It is not just practical, it is a sign of quality and status.
Wrist & Watch Size
It is important to understand how the watch will sit on your hand. The diameter of the case should not exceed the width of the wrist, if only because it is inconvenient. But too small watches look ridiculous. For the average hand, the optimal size is 40-42 mm, and the size of 44 mm is suitable for the big hand. It should be noted that modern watches are much larger than those worn by our ancestors and not only because of the change in the watch fashion. The fact is that now it has become possible to make the case profile curved – even large men’s watches conveniently clasp a hand and do not lie on it with a brick.
Main body materials
The most popular watch case material today is 316L Surgical Steel. It does not cause allergies, is not susceptible to corrosion and is practically not scratched, unlike gold. But here a lot depends on the personal preferences of the owner. For example, if the watch is rather large, then lighter and, by the way, more scratch-resistant titanium can become an alternative to heavy steel. Fans of dynamic techno-style can pay attention to black PVD coating or black ceramics. A watch made of bronze gives a very personal character to the watch, which over time is covered with a unique patina. And, of course, gold is a value for all time, when it comes to an expensive gift.
Bracelet or strap?
By the way, if a watch is bought as a gift, then you should also think about choosing a strap. It is important to remember that genuine leather is a prestigious, but not particularly versatile material. Many do not like her, because she gets wet, collects dirt, and eventually wiped and torn. On the other hand, a metal bracelet will last a long time, but will add weight to a wrist accessory, especially if there is a heavy mechanical caliber inside. An alternative may be actual rubber, nylon for fans of the military style, or the same leather with a special moisture-resistant pad.
Quartz or mechanics?
A separate issue is to prefer mechanics or quartz. Again, if we are talking about status watches that you are going to wear constantly, then the quartz movement should be chosen only if it has something special. For example, an ultra-precise course with thermal compensation technology or the ability to automatically adjust the arrows on the satellite. In the end, a watch is a measure of taste, erudition and professionalism. That is, the main male values.
There are three main types of mechanisms for watches: mechanical, electromechanical (quartz) and electronic.
Mechanical watches. The mechanism of such a watch drives a tightly wound spring. The spring drives the pendulum, which at regular intervals act on the wheel clockwork. With this mechanism, the arrows on the dial begin to move. In mechanical watches, only arrows are used for counting time. The mechanical watch must be wound up periodically in order to tighten the untwisted spring. A feature of mechanical watches is the uneven speed of unwinding of the spring. Due to this feature, the watch may be in a hurry or late. For mechanical watches there is an acceptable scale of accuracy accuracy. Officially, it ranges from +40 to -20 seconds per day. In order to reduce this error, manufacturers supply their models with an additional automatic winding function. This mechanism allows you to automatically tighten the springs when the clock is oscillating. The automatic winding mechanism is useless with sedentary work. The disadvantage of this function is the fact that in order to implement the automatic winding mechanism, it is necessary to make the watch more massive and heavy. Repair of the automatic winding mechanism is very complicated and will cost the owner of such watches a decent amount. The cost of a mechanical watch is usually higher than that of a quartz watch, since mechanical watches require fine manual tuning during assembly. While most of the manufacturing of parts and the assembly of the quartz watch mechanism is entrusted to automation. that to implement the automatic winding mechanism, it is necessary to make the watch more massive and heavy. Repair of the automatic winding mechanism is very complicated and will cost the owner of such watches a decent amount. The cost of a mechanical watch is usually higher than that of a quartz watch, since mechanical watches require fine manual tuning during assembly. While most of the manufacturing of parts and the assembly of the quartz watch mechanism is entrusted to automation. that to implement the automatic winding mechanism, it is necessary to make the watch more massive and heavy. Repair of the automatic winding mechanism is very complicated and will cost the owner of such watches a decent amount. The cost of a mechanical watch is usually higher than that of a quartz watch, since mechanical watches require fine manual tuning during assembly. While most of the manufacturing of parts and the assembly of the quartz watch mechanism is entrusted to automation.
Quartz (electronic) watches. Powered by battery. Instead of a pendulum, a quartz crystal is used. An electronic generator based on a quartz crystal delivers stable pulses to a stepper motor, which drives the wheel mechanism of the watch. He, in turn, moves the hands on the dial. Various models of quartz watches can have both a clock mechanism for visual display of time and a digital display. Compared to mechanical watches, quartz watches have higher accuracy. The official margin of error for quartz watches is from +20 to -20 seconds per month. Such watches do not need winding. Only occasionally change the battery. If for you the most important thing in a watch is the accuracy of its movement, then it is better to choose a quartz watch.
Digital Watch. An electronic watch is a quartz watch with a digital display. In them, the pulses of the generator are converted into signals that are displayed on the clock display as seconds and minutes changing on the dial. A hybrid option is also possible, when along with a digital display, time is indicated by arrows. If the electronic clock is in a hurry or behind, you can correct the readings by installing new ones, but the oscillations of the generator will remain the same, only in some models the correction of the readings entails a change in the oscillation frequency.