The Evolution of Watch Repair Tools and Technologies
Watches have evolved over the years, starting with the complex expertise of winding pocket watches that still exist, then slowly evolving towards more precise quartz watches with the power of crystal oscillators to keep the watch at a time. Ultimately, the watches became purely electronic models that used more precise digital technology.
In parallel with this evolution of watch making technologies, the parallel evolution of watch making repair tools and associated technologies. These tools can be used to make delicate repairs to complex components, lubricate certain parts, and then clean components. Whether it is an ancient work of excellent craftsmanship or one of the different types and styles of IWC modern watches, there are repair tools available that can keep these watches in good condition.
Watch repair tools for various watch technologies
Expensive watches are great craftsmanship created by skilled watchmakers who have spent long hours paying attention to detail and to perfection to create the perfect watch. It is important to use the correct watch repair tool to perform maintenance, restoration, or repair work on these watches.
This is the case with old pocket watches that have existed for more than a lifetime. These watches have complex components and parts, including gears, hands, and small precision screws. These microparticles require the use of specialized tools such as precision screwdrivers, pin extractors and installers, demagnetizers, antimagnetic tweezers, precision tweezers, and enlargement tools.
Some mechanical metal parts may have damaged metal parts, links, or tires which need to be repaired or replaced completely. In this regard, watch repairers would need to use scissors, welding tools, or even precision torches to weld or fix the parts in place while carefully avoiding other parts that could be damaged. These tools are similar to the precision tools that artisans use when making complex jewelry.
Cleaning and lubrication equipment is another essential watch repair tool in handling precision mechanical parts of this type of watch. An ultrasonic bath with non-corrosive solvents can be used to remove encrusted dirt and grime from the surfaces of these metal parts. After cleaning and returning these components to their original settings, synthetic lubricating oil, in particular, must be applied to the moving parts to ensure their proper functioning for the foreseeable future.
Digital watches, on the other hand, contain fewer mechanical components and newer technologies: electronics and other innovative parts used in modern watches. Rather than working with gears and hands, repairers of digital watches would engage crimpers, micro motors, display components, and surface-mounted electronics. Watch tools specially designed for electronic parts can be used to repair or replace components and other parts of this type of timepiece.
Technology has come a long way, and this is common even in watches that have evolved from purely mechanical timepieces from the old to new and modern electromechanical devices and to the cutting edge technology that modern watches now include. This diversity requires a similar variety in the type of precision watch repair tool that can repair, maintain, or repair these watches until they are in perfect condition.