I had a friend send me a link for this video, and I knew this would be something perfect for this Sunday series of posts.

It”s a movie made by the Hamilton back in 1949 as to how a mechanical watch actually functions.  Aside from just the subject matter, I think this is a great example of how informational videos were made back in that era, especially the tone/pacing of the narration.

Additionally, the use of an oversized model really gives you a great sense of what parts are involved in making a watch work, and how they work together.  If for some reason the embed breaks, you can head on over to view the video.


ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

4 thoughts on “Historical Horology: How A Mechanical Watch Works”
  1. I send all my watches to Phil Saville at New York Jewlers http://www.nyjchicago.com/

    I don’t live in Chicago, but I mail them in, this is in part because I know him personally, but I’ve had nothing but excellent service from him and what I think are reasonable prices. I’ve had him take care of watches from Omega to Orient as well.

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