Of winding and overwinding

Winding a mechanical watch, for the uninitiated, might be felt as a daunting task. These tiny mechanical wonders look like they are sort of frail, when we listen to their soft clicking as we wind them. And we worry about breaking them. So, how much should we wind them? And how often?

To dispel our doubts, we have to get back to their basic elements and functions. And discover that, in older times, our little ticking…