Watch Terms Explained - What is a Co-Axial Escapement?

Continuing our series aimed at helping you understand some of the terms commonly used in the watchmaking industry we follow on from our previous piece on Escapements by looking at Co-Axial Escapements, a more recent form of Escapement used commonly in Omega watches.

Co-Axial Escapements

A Co-Axial Escapement was invented by George Daniels in 1974. It is designed to minimise friction, and therefore wear and tear on the mechanical movement of the watch.

It uses a system of 3 pallets to separate the locking function of the escapement from the impulse and so removing most of the friction. This removes the need for any lubrication and increases the time required between services.

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