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[Photo] Clockwork

Originally uploaded by RainPacket.

I know I've been bad about posting still. I'm trying to sort out how to put any of my thoughts into blog posts lately. But, here, to assure people I'm alive, here's one more random photograph from the other day! :)



Nifty photo of the watch? parts.

And? Love the icon. It's a very flattering pic of you.
The innards of an old 10-jewel clockwork wristwatch, yes. I have a couple other pictures, of the tray from which that came, too. I made the closeup into my desktop wallpaper on my PC, as well. ;)

And thanks! The userpic is just a silly 'shoot a picture of yourself in a mirror' assignment from one of my online photography courses. But it worked as a 'Photography' userpic. :)
I have to agree... nice watch shot, but the icon is even better... totally adorable. I like what you've done with your hair... which may not be much from your POV, but it looks good on you.
Very, very nice photo!
That is really, really ccol :)
Is this a small object? It sure doesn't look like one! I like the small snapshot that you use to upload it and your photo-icon!! :)

Good to see that you're still updating!
Yes, it's a very small object. The inside of an old wristwatch; it's about the size of an American nickel, maybe a little larger. I have a version of it meant for a desktop wallpaper, too.
You take very good close-up shots. The wallpaper version shows the intricate details and I can even read the letterings on the watch, which is... "10 jewelws." Wonder what that means. Thanks for sharing! :)
"Jewels" means movements with a jewel bearing. A jewel bearing is a bearing that, rather than requiring lubrication or oil to keep moving smoothly (as a normal bearing does), has a jewel-lined shaft. It used to be that jewel bearings required real jewels -- bits of ruby or sapphire -- but now they use synthetic ones that work just as well.

A jewel bearing allows much more precise clockwork, since there's low friction and the device lasts longer and keeps time without slowing down. A generic time-only watch has 17 pieces which could benefit from being jeweled (ones that keep date, phase of the moon, etc., need more).

My grandmother's old pocketwatch, which I now have, has all 17 of those movements jeweled, so if I open it up and look inside, it reads '17 jewels.' The partially-dismantled watch guts I photographed has 10 of the 17 movements jeweled, so it says '10 jewels.'

The little donut-shaped bit of that watch, down near the lower left, with an odd-looking little translucent part? That's a jewel bearing.

Yes, I love clockwork. :)
more jewel bearings means more precision. wonder how many jewel does an Omega watch has.. or that watch that keeps advertising..."Precision time." Just some random ramblings.