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41.1 x 32.8 cm ⏐ 16.2 x 12.9 in (300dpi)
DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the crown wheel of a Swiss-made, 17-jewel INCABLOC watch. The crown wheel is part of the watch's winding mechanism. When the watch is wound, the winding pinion (the small gear wheel seen edge-on at bottom) rotates, meshing with the crown wheel. The rotation of the crown wheel causes the ratchet wheel at top left to turn, & this wheel is attached to the barrel which holds the mainspring of the watch. The mechanism is very clean; the tiny dust particles would not affect its function. The absence of screwdriver marks in the crown wheel's slot shows that the assembly has never been serviced. Magnification: x2 at 35mm size. Blue tint. Original is BW H100 172. Reference: MICROCOSMOS, figure 9.14, page 181.
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