Compensating Balance


Watch 101 - What is Compensating Balance

Watch 101 - What is Compensating Balance

Compensating balance or the compensation balance is typically used in watchmaking to achieve precision. This is widely used before the rise of modern and advanced watchmaking typically started in before the 20th century. This is made of plain steel balance springs thus can affect the accuracy of the watch. The major factor that could materially affect its accuracy is the temperature that changes its elasticity. The advent of modern introduced a more reliable tool. It is more effective that the balance is made out of a pair of brass strips laminated together with steel. This prevents the elasticity to disrupt the watch’s precision because the cut made in the balance’s perimeter complements the possible change caused by the temperature. If there is a change in temperature, the cut made will offset the change in its size.

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