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    Question Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    I know that Wyler used their patented Incaflex balance wheel design to absorb shock/vibration in the horizontal direction (perpendicular to the balance axis) and the more traditional Incabloc for vibration/shock parallel to the balance axis.

    Are there similar shock absorption systems in use today in any modern mechanical watches?
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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    I haven't read of another company picking up the design. I wonder if it just didn't generate the interest and emulators that the vertical absorption system did. I'm thinking the greatest chance for damage comes on the vertical axis.
    I did find a writeup that referred to an Wyler advertisement where one of their watches was dropped off the Eiffel Tower and kept on running. Wyler's version of the Timex "Takes a Lickin' and Keeps on Tickin'"!
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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    I did find a writeup that referred to an Wyler advertisement where one of their watches was dropped off the Eiffel Tower and kept on running. Wyler's version of the Timex "Takes a Lickin' and Keeps on Tickin'"!
    Wow that is really amazing!!!

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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Yeah, I remember other over the top ads like that in the 1960's. VW and Volvo dropped other cars on theirs to show how crash proof theirs were, etc. And of course every Timex retailer had the little tank of water into a Timex Automatic was endlessly droped to show it kept on tickin!

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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by v76 View Post
    I know that Wyler used their patented Incaflex balance wheel design to absorb shock/vibration in the horizontal direction (perpendicular to the balance axis) and the more traditional Incabloc for vibration/shock parallel to the balance axis.

    Are there similar shock absorption systems in use today in any modern mechanical watches?
    YES, all of them.

    Incaloc, Etachoc, KIF, etc are all multi-axis shock protection.





    As you can see both of these (and all balance staf protection is based on the same principle) protect in both the radial and axial direction.
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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Well, GO and Bremont have a system that protect the whole movement in a soft polymer cage.

    I would love to see Bremont drop one from the London Eye.

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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Well, GO and Bremont have a system that protect the whole movement in a soft polymer cage.

    I would love to see Bremont drop one from the London Eye.
    That, too, is an old idea. Certina patented a anti-shock sytem base on floating the movement inside the case on an elastometric material. I wonder if Bremont thought about the stem, Certina's method of isolating the stem/crown assembly, which was a screwed-down design from the movement, was ingenious and incredibly simple.

    Oh, and here's a better diagram of how balance staff shock protection works:

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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post
    YES, all of them.

    Incaloc, Etachoc, KIF, etc are all multi-axis shock protection. As you can see both of these (and all balance staf protection is based on the same principle) protect in both the radial and axial direction.
    That's excellent information and I learned something new. Thanks for posting it.

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    Re: Multi-axis shock absorption systems?

    Bremont use (modified?) ETA, and as far as I can see they come equipped with the superb Incabloc.
    GO too use the Incabloc in their excellent movements.

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