“I have always been interested in Omega and I’m in awe of their craftsmanship and design. My wife finally ok’d the purchase and I waited with impatience, like a child on Christmas morning, for my watch to arrive. I snapped this picture right after the bracelet was sized.” - congratulations to vyperman from reddit watches on his latest acquisition. The Seamaster is a special watch and this example is no exception.
The new 2018 @alangesoehne 1815 Chronograph with black dial. Can we all agree that this just looks dashing?
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What is a “swan neck fine adjustment” thing? What does it do? Today, I’m going to try to answer by featuring @alangenewyork originated, fantastic Richard Lange PLM in platinum.
Probably we all know the traditional balance spring and balance wheel found in almost all watches. The part that plays a crucial role for timekeeping of a watch; a tiny wheel swinging back and forth at regular intervals. Excluding “free-sprung balance wheels” some of the balance wheels have some regulating parts on them in order to set the length of the hairspring. It’s the basic physics; the shorter the hairspring, it’ll swing more thus the watch is going to run faster; longer the spring, watch runs slower. The beat of the watch is the percentage of the time the balance wheel spends moving in one direction before the hairspring is full wound and the balance wheel reverses direction (the relative length of a tick and a tock). One wants these to be exactly the same.
Different kinds of regulating organs have been invented through time; some for timekeeping and some for precision. The basic concept of the swan-neck fine adjustment is this: It applies a force to the regulator in a certain direction while the screw is on the opposite side of the regulator to create an antagonistic force. Thus; you can adjust the regulator to a desired degree by playing with the screw.
Functionality or visuality? Lange uses black-polishing for their swan-neck adjustment systems. Black polish is a process that gives a mirror-like surface to a certain part. It reflects the light from one angle; thus seen as black most of the time. It’s an extremely delicate process There are numerous ways to get the black polish but for flat parts; one example; you rub the piece against a smooth with a certain motion sometimes for days… So it is safe to say that visuality is a big part and it looks fantastic. You can see a “curved” and black polished bridge in Tourbograph Perpetual which is amazing.
For free-sprung balances; it is there for adjusting the beat rate. But it is safe to say that adjusting the beat error occurs in some rare cases; so visuality is important here.
As always, thank you all for your time!
Going with an archived shot today due to my limited mobility. Can’t really walk around to take photos because of a bad ankle sprain. You guys have to make do with this shot 😂 Happy Seiko Saturday peeps! - J
Watch: Seiko SNKL43
Strap: None 🤣