A Brief Review of the Mechanics of Watch and Clock

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 21)


According to literature, the first mechanical clock appeared in the middle of the fourteenth century. For more than 600 years, it had been worked on by many people, including Galileo, Hooke and Huygens. Needless to say, there have been many ingenious inventions that transcend time. This chapter gives a virtual tour of the development of mechanical watch and clock.


Balance Wheel Computer Animation Fourteenth Century Gear Train Vertical Shaft 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.South China University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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