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Ron Gordon Watch Repair of NY, NY, explains watch balance staff repair. Also explained are the 'shock absorbers' used by today's luxury watch brands.
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What is a Watch Balance Staff?
Most people who own luxury or vintage watches are amazed at the mechanical innards of these timepieces. They seem very delicate, and they are. They are marvels of human engineering. What is the balance staff? The balance staff is the shaft that the balance wheel, the roller table and the hairspring are mounted onto. Unfortunately, if the balance jewels do not have shock springs, the two ends of the staff have very small tapered pivots that can then break easily. What watch repairmen call 'staffing' involves removing a broken watch balance staff and replacing it with a new one. Modern luxury watch brands like Rolex, Jaeger LeCoultre, Omega, Tag Heuer, Hamilton, Rado, Longines and IWC employ shock protection, and this has greatly lessened the frequency of broken balance staff pivots. However, sometimes the watches still do not perform well, and Ron Gordon Watch Repair has to replace a balance staff because the pivots are worn, bent or otherwise imperfect.
How does a Watch Balance Staff Get Broken?
One common cause of watch damage is simply dropping the watch. Why does the balance staff break? Let's compare watches to cars. What an airbag is to you in an accident is the shock-absorber to a balance staff in a crash of a watch (an impact by the watch onto a table, the floor, the wall...) The shock-absorber system called "Incabloc." Endstone and pierced jewel together are set into a movable jewel setting. The setting is kept in position via a spring and it can switch from axial and radial impacts until the balance staff knocks against the corresponding body of the device. Therefore the sensitive pivot of the balance staff cannot absorb that much energy and will cause it to break.
About Ron Gordon Watch Repair
Ron Gordon Watch Repair is conveniently located at 280 Madison Avenue at 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The company specializes in the service and repair of high quality, luxury, watches, both modern and vintage, and repairs watches for those who wear the very best brands. The expert and namesake is Ron Gordon.
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