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Answered 2009-04-03 01:20:34

all windup watches work by a mainspring that is wound up really tight, the spring wants to let go as soon as it is wound up tight. as you wind up the mainspring that parts in the watch start to move and the watch starts to keeps time. this is called a balance action. the balance wheel has a hairspring under it that returns the balance wheel to its main position as you wind the mainspring the force of it puts tension on the parts and that is how the windup watch works.

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