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Watch Words

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The following pages are a glossary of terms associated with horology, watches and watchmaking. Please click on one of the links or glossary terms below to learn more about them. Most of the terms are enhanced with detailed imagery. If you would like us to list any other words that you think may be helpful, please contact me direct chris@christopherward.co.uk. We will update the glossary frequently.

 

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I – WATCH WORDS

 

Incabloc

Incabloc is a shock-absorber system used in mechanical watches which helps prevent damage from shocks to the balance pivots. Thanks to a retaining spring system, it assures an elastic play of both jewels, thus absorbing the movements of the balance-staff pivots when the watch receives strong shocks. The return to the previous position is due to the return effect of the spring. If such a system is lacking, the shock forces exert an impact on the balance-staff pivots, often causing bending or even breakage. Most mechanical watches made in Switzerland today use the Incabloc system.

Below (L–R): The double-cone shock absorber Incabloc System and the Jewel bearing of a balance wheel from CW’s C1000 Typhoon, supported by an Incabloc-shaped spring.

Incabloc System