Watches have had no shock protection since day one. If it did, there wouldn’t be many mechanical watches that stop suddenly after an impact or drop. They caused balances with large diameters and masses to break at fine pivots that kept rotational friction to a minimum. A hard knock will throw them off balance many times. A broken pivot is enough to stop the entire clock working.
A shock protection system – regardless of its type – protects the sensitive pivots of the balance wheel from damage in the event of a physical shock. In addition, modern shock protection systems also save other vulnerable parts and movement parts, including the hair spring.
A commercially viable shock protection system for watches became available in the mid-1930s but it took another 20 years to become widespread. This is one incabloc system; Still used by many The end of the large brands and lyre-shaped spring balance is immediately recognizable by tapping on the stone.
However, if we talk about the first For the shock protection system to appear chronologically, it is dated Parachute A shock protection system by Abraham-Louis Breguet in the 1700s. It was intended for use in some of his exclusive models, but the watch industry was searching for a system that could adapt to any movement. That’s why incabloc came
In mechanical watch movements, each gear is coupled to an axle (Arbor), which runs through the center of the gear and has a pivot at the end of the arbor. Pivots get progressively better Mainspring barrel to the balance Veil and that makes them very vulnerable/breakable to blows, knocks and other forms of concussive shock. Such accidents are prevented from happening Shock protection systemLike s incabloc, Attachok, Diashock, Preshock, Kiff, Novodiak, Paraflex And Duofix. All designed to protect just one thing – the Balance assembly (balance wheel, balance spring and balance staff) movement, which keeps tick-tock and time with precision. The working principle is the same – it is a spring-loaded system that absorbs the shock and allows the balance wheel to swing freely.
However, apart from these shockproof balance settings, there are many other ways to provide additional protection to the watch from shocks; For example, Sertina’s elastic shock absorber ring.
- 0.1 1. Breguet parachute suspension
- 0.2 2. Incabloc shock protection system
- 0.3 3. KIF shock protection
- 0.4 4. Attachechoke shock protection
- 0.5 5. Paraflex shock absorber
- 0.6 6. Niwachok shock protection absorber
- 1 What else makes these watches great?
1. Breguet parachute suspension
The first shock protection system by Abraham-Louis Breguet, It consists of a tapered, conical bearing that holds the concave in place Shaft block With small dishes of matching shape. These are mounted on a strip spring. After that, the central spindle was shocked and pulled away from the center, but it stopped breaking as before. Its alternate name Elastic suspension (of the balance wheel) and is the forerunner of modern shock protection mechanisms incabloc.
2. Incabloc shock protection system
The Incabloc system is a third-party industry standard shock protection system that consists of three main components. These are a jeweled bearing, a cap jewel (which sits on top of the bearing) and a lyre-shaped spring. A shock thus absorbs the energy and causes the entire unit (a spring-loaded mounting system for chaton or jewel-seats and delicate jeweled bearings supporting a rotating balance wheel in a jewel hole to move laterally or vertically. It moves up to a. The strong shoulder end of the balance staff- The contact piece is a strong metal structure that absorbs the energy from the moving unit. This prevents the balance pivots from breaking as the shock is not absorbed directly by the pivots. When the impact subsides, the springs guide the components back to where they originally landed, including the chaton. The sloping surfaces of the block also retain the action of the springs well. Make it easier.
A similar technique can be used on other wheels creating a gear train, and Rolex is famous for doing so. The Incabloc shock protection system has become pretty much the standard in the industry, thanks to its invention in 1934 by Swiss engineers Georges Braunschweig and Fritz Marty (Universal Escapements, Ltd, of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland). Many ETA calibers use Incabloc. So do premium brands like Lange, Glashütte Original and Patek. Inkblock rose to prominence after WWII because of its ability to absorb shocks from any direction.
3. KIF shock protection
KIF stands for Anti-Shock System. It was created AS Parechok, SA It was headquartered in 1944 Vallée-de-Jaux, Switzerland.
The KIF shock absorber system works as well Incablock and is easily recognized for its golden-hued 3- or 4-leaf clover-shaped spring clip. It has a ruby at the top of the balance. The cap stone above the hole-jewels is in two shock settings, but the incablocks are longer. This facilitates better protection, but as the kif leaves the back of its ornament more visible (and therefore, smaller), simplicity becomes easier; When using an automatic oiler you may see a rising circle of oil.
KIF is, in a way, the Premium incabloc Preferred by top luxury brands using high-end, in-house movements. The KIF shock absorbers that get a mention on their site are Elastor, Ultraflex and Trier, but their roster includes 5 more listed – Flextor Sateller Duofix, Minifix and Dubil.
4. Attachechoke shock protection
This ETA creation is the cheapest of all, but ETA claims it is a tailor-made model. You’ll find it in the ETA 2836 and ETA 2824 movements; Even at some entry-level Tissot. It has a thicker bearing than the Incabloc, making the movements somewhat compromised on accuracy.
5. Paraflex shock absorber
A relationship with Rolex KIF ended in 2005, but nearly six decades of travel have provided Rolex with the knowledge it needs ParaflexMore complex than a shock protection system incabloc And how. This is a 50% increase in anti-shock performance and service intervals. Calibers with paraflex system: 3132, 3136, 3156, 3187 and 9001.
6. Niwachok shock protection absorber
This is Breguet’s answer to the Paraflex. The Nivachoc shock absorber system was introduced in Breguet Caliber 777Q in 2006 and has since been adopted by many ETA calibers. . The Niwachok system has further optimized the angle of the cone and its spring has a unique shape that has constant force to prevent deformation over time. Together, they ensure excellent re-centring at rest.
Incablock was effective enough to inspire the invention of many other shock-resistance systems but they were all based on the same principle. First name in this case Diashock By Seiko, later Novodyak (from the makers of Incablock) and more serious; For example, materials such as Richard Milles Grade-5 titanium carbon nanofiber And Alusik (aluminum-silicon-carbide hybrid) suspension bridges, web-like arms and O-rings and further modified the Incablock system. Actions like these no doubt took the shock resistance up to 5,000 G, but the prices were 5000 or more dollars higher than they otherwise would have been.
What else makes these watches great?
- Seiko SKX007: Maximum performance and endurance packed into a classic, highly versatile diver’s design. It is highly rated by the global dive watch community. It comes with 200m water resistance, its unidirectional bezel acts as a timer and its loom is gorgeous!
2. Seiko Prospex Alpinist 1959 Re-interpretation: Yesterday’s goodness returns anew with the enhanced functionality of Prospex! Every detail of the 1959 Alpinist was simply not kept in ReinterpretationBut improved with modern technology to suit the needs of the modern world.
3. Seiko Prospex 1968 Modern Re-interpretation Divers: A decidedly modern take on the illustrious past of Seiko diver watches captures the charm of the brand’s vintage 6159 diver and continues Seiko’s dive legacy of being dive-ready, refreshing and distinctive. Design skills.
- 5. Orient 2nd Generation Bambino Classic: This is undoubtedly the best seller of the 2n.d Bambino watches to bring back vintage style, charm with Roman numerals, a Railway line Chapter ring, a nifty 3 o’clock date window, an onion crown and dome dial and crystal. The in-house Japanese movement is one of Orient’s creations, with modern features such as self-winding and a hacking mechanism. Also has a power reserve of 40+ hours on a fully wound mainspring.
- 6. Zeppelin New Captain’s Line: An elegant men’s watch for everyday wear and recreational sports activities, including water. It is an excellent office-wear as a dress piece for any formal occasion. Its Swiss mechanical workhorse movement in durable stainless steel and sapphire crystal construction ensures flawless, lifetime service.
- 7. Tissot T-Gold Powermatic 80 Silicium: Tissot Gentleman’s Auto in black, gold and silver for everyday and festive wear. Its 18 ct gold bezel is a stunning display of the entire unit. Its strong, curved lugs flow harmoniously from the case, bringing a pleasant, comfortable fit around the wrist. The Powermatic 80 caliber movement features the most advanced materials that ensure your watch keeps ticking flawlessly even if you forget about its maintenance.
- 8. Tissot Heritage Visodate: The Tissot Heritage Visodate is a tribute to the 1950s integration of the date mechanism in automatic watches. This contemporary timepiece is dedicated to detail, displaying a 1950s style of social dressing evident through its gently curved dial, its domed sapphire glass, crown and case.
- 9.Tissot T-Classic Le Locle Chronograph: A solidly constructed dress chronograph with good weight and no visible signs of imperfection, this is a shining example of the excellent watch-making that has always been expected from Tissot. This is not a bespoke watch, but a very lightweight automatic that is comfortable to wear with a wide range of wear and is made for a wide range of use
10. Hamilton Intra-matic:
The new Hamilton Intra-Matic draws on the masculine, vintage look of the American classic, drawing on the brand’s rich history. It’s a clever interplay between modern touches and true vintage details.
11.Tissot T-Race Chronograph Automatic:
The Tissot T-Race Automatic Chronograph features bike-racing-inspired design details that bring a dynamic style. There are no flashy colors to distract from reading the dial information, no unnecessary elements to present a flashy display. A pure passion for motor sports given a lascivious form.
12. Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2020 Limited Edition:
It has been designed with MotoGP fans in mind, with every desirable feature they want in their watches. Its strong character comes from many details inspired by racing motorbikes and they are only available on this limited edition model.
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