Pocket Watch

    Breathing life into an old British pocket watch. Picked up at a Rotorua antique store, it came with a broken spring. A watch is a beautiful machine. It's amazing that centuries ago we figured out how to release spring tension in measured intervals that can be synced up with rotation of the Earth.

    This is a visual archive of the repair process.

    Back of a mechanical watch. Mechanical pocket watch mechanism removed from it's silver case. Mechanical watch mechanism in the palm of a hand. Mechanical watch mechanism with backplate removed, gears showing. Mechanical watch gears in their place in the mechanism. Closeup of the mainspring of a mechanical watch mechanism. Pieces of a mechanical watch strewn on a wooden bench top.