Escapement

Fri, 1 Oct 2010

 

The watch escapement is the centre of the time piece. It is the escapement which divides the time into equal segments.
The balance wheel, the gold wheel, oscillates backwards and forwards on a hairspring (not shown) As the balance wheel moves the lever is moved allowing the escape wheel (green) to rotate by one tooth.
The power comes through the escape wheel which gives a small ‘kick’ to the palletes (purple) at each tick.