Giveaway Time!

Image

There is still time to get in our custom made strap from Trinh Le Mai/7Strap giveaway

Click here for the full details!
.

This contest is open to all members, so don't delay!

What can you tell from how a watch ticks?

This is the place to learn all about watches and how they tick. Share your knowledge and how-tos with the rest of the class.
Post Reply
watchpalooza
Global Moderator
Posts: 3412
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Location: Munich & SF Bay Area
Has liked: 11615 times
Been liked: 7886 times

What can you tell from how a watch ticks?

#1

Post by watchpalooza » Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:37 pm

Some of my mechanical watches tick with a slight metallic clang, others do not. Some tick loudly, some softly. What do differences in the ticking sounds of mechanical watches tell about what is going on inside? Some can identify issues with a car engine just by listening. Is the same true for watches? Can listening for particular characteristics of a watch’s ticking sounds identify issues or a need for servicing?
These users liked the author watchpalooza for the post (total 2):
Split-TimeDub Rubb
Click Icon To Contact Me



’There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.’ - Leonard Cohen, Anthem
’One man's faith is another man's delusion.’ - Anthony Storr
User avatar
Sporkboy
Inner Circle Member
Posts: 1748
Joined: Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:25 pm
Has liked: 2324 times
Been liked: 5014 times

Re: What can you tell from how a watch ticks?

#2

Post by Sporkboy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:28 pm

Based on the experiences with Timex watch movements, you can tell something about the materials used based on the loudness of the ticking. Brass, plastic, stainless and aluminum will sound differently in loudness. This is inferred and extrapolated from what I have read and is not representative of independent research on my part.
These users liked the author Sporkboy for the post (total 3):
Split-TimewatchpaloozaBbrou33
User avatar
Split-Time
Inner Circle Member
Posts: 1140
Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:05 pm
Has liked: 9916 times
Been liked: 3855 times

Re: What can you tell from how a watch ticks?

#3

Post by Split-Time » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:26 pm

I will be interested to see were this conversation goes. My Timex Deep Space Snoopy ticks so loud that I can hear it across the room at night. The Timex Q is not nearly as loud. As for automatics, I have noticed that my new Glycine Airman No 1 is particularly loud and higher pitched (unscientifically) than any of my other autos (that I have noticed).
These users liked the author Split-Time for the post (total 2):
Dub Rubbwatchpalooza
User avatar
DogOnTime
MoT Member
Posts: 268
Joined: Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:21 pm
Has liked: 152 times
Been liked: 743 times

Re: What can you tell from how a watch ticks?

#4

Post by DogOnTime » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:32 pm

Majority is based on 2 things: case cavity and material.
If your automatic isn't particularly audible when it's left on a surface on a quiet night, more likely to have a plastic movement holder since it doesn't transduce the vibrations as easily... Or so I would think.
These users liked the author DogOnTime for the post (total 2):
watchpaloozaDub Rubb
User avatar
Dub Rubb
Inner Circle Member
Posts: 2575
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:15 pm
Has liked: 17853 times
Been liked: 6089 times

Re: What can you tell from how a watch ticks?

#5

Post by Dub Rubb » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:04 am

Interesting topic. I would love to be able to diagnose problems with this method, and I am sure it's possible to the trained ear.

As far as my experience goes, all I know is if you can really hear a rotor free spinning, its probably a miyota. And if you can hear a mechanical ticking from across the room, its probably a Raketa.

Sent from my LG-M322 using Tapatalk

These users liked the author Dub Rubb for the post:
watchpalooza
Post Reply