Lets talk springs!
Have I told you all how much I hate them? Well, I do hate them. I realize they are very important for the movement, being used for several tasks and all, but have you ever noticed how jumpy they are? Well, I lost not one but two this past Saturday and felt really frustrated with the whole spring-losing thing. Claudio (my mentor) said that I was doing well and should not feel discouraged with such minor details, but I can’t help but think what will I do if I lose a spring on an expensive watch.
Leaving my frustrations behind and going back to watchmaking, this weekend was not as productive as the last one. On my last post I called it a mechanical watch, but I did not mention that it was an auto-winding. I was not able to finish putting the auto-winding movement back together and I will have to finish it in two weeks. That is really sad because I know that in two weeks I will not remember were I left off and I will have to keep bugging Claudio for help. That is exactly what happened this time and I feel really bad about it. I know I am learning and all, but I feel like I should somehow know more about it all. Claudio is very gracious about it all and he keeps saying that I am only learning and its ok to have questions and get stuck. Also he mentioned that this watch that I am working on was not a good choice, since the movement is fairly complicated. He wants to give me a pocket watch next time so we can focus on oiling the movement and also he wants to teach me a little about theory as well. I love pocket watches and I am definitely looking forward to two week from now.
I hope I will be able to share more of my experiences in two weeks from now, since this post was rather dull. I spent most of my time this weekend trying to find lost springs and I don’t feel like I learned a lot.
Here is a picture of the movement I am currently working on:
Sorry about the quality. I had only my cell phone’s camera on me at the time.