Watches Affordable and On-trend.
Times have changed, for watches. Nowadays, more people own cell phones than have TVs, lunch boxes or ties. And cell phones have clocks. So who needs a watch?
Timekeeping aside, we think you’ll agree there’s still something special about watches, because they simply are a jewelry !
We would never engrave a cell phone and give it to a best friend for their 40th. Watches, whether analogue or digital, have endless aesthetic appeal and are also beautifully intricate on the inside.
Let’s look at what goes into a watch:
Obviously, the strip of leather, rubber, cloth or metal that attaches to the case and wraps around the wrist. Metal bands can be resized by adding or removing links. Leather bands offer buckle holes for the best fit.
Less obviously, a bezel is the metal ring that frames the dial of a watch. On many watches, the bezel displays minute increments and can be rotated in one or both directions. Divers use this function to measure elapsed time – very important when relying on an oxygen tank 30m down.
The metal covering surrounding the bezel and dial of a watch and protecting its internal parts from dirt and damage. Some cases are built to resist water.
A watch that does more than basic timekeeping. Such watches may include stopwatches, timers, measurement of one-hour intervals, measurement of fractions of a second or elapsed time measurement functions.
The device used to fasten each end of a watchband, bracelet or necklace together (usefully keeping it from falling off your wrist).
The little metal knob you use to set the watch to the correct time and date. Some watches (chronographs) have multiple crowns, to control other functions and settings.
The glass, plastic, or in pricier watches actual crystal, that covers the face and protects it from the elements.
The display of an analogue watch, with its markings and hands. It is covered by the crystal and enclosed within the case. Nowadays dials are designed in many ways – some, for instance, have hands but no numerals at all.
Those all important strips of metal in analogue watches that point to the hours, minutes or seconds.
The time symbols located on the watch dial – 1,2,3; I, II, III; one, two, three etc.
The smaller dials within the watch face that display functions of a chronograph watch, such as the stopwatch, timer, elapsed time measurement, date, day of the week or even moon phase.
An instrument on the watch that measures time and distance to determine speed. Tachymeters are typically used to measure high rates of speed, e.g. for cyclists.
The feature of a watch that denies water and moisture from entering the case. No watch is completely ‘waterproof’, even if so-claimed- but many can be highly water resistant, to 100m or more. If your watch has no water resistance designation, it won’t like more than an accidental splash from time to time.