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Times have changed and with it so has our view on watches. Nowadays, more people own cell phones than ever before – and cell phones have clocks. So who needs a watch?

Putting being able to tell the time aside, we think you’ll agree there’s still something special about watches. Think about it. You’d 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. Take a look at all the elements that go into a watch, don’t worry though, our staff know exactly how to ensure you get the perfect watch for you or your loved one so just come in store and we’ll do the rest.

Band

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.

Bezel

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.

Case

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.

Chronograph

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.

Clasp

The device used to fasten each end of a watchband, bracelet or necklace together (usefully keeping it from falling off your wrist).

Crown

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.

Crystal

The glass, plastic, or in pricier watches actual crystal, that covers the face and protects it from the elements.

Dial

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.

Hands

Those all important strips of metal in analogue watches that point to the hours, minutes or seconds.

Markings

The time symbols located on the watch dial – 1,2,3; I, II, III; one, two, three etc.

Sub-dial

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.

Tachymeter/Tachometer

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.

Water Resistance

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.

For more about our range of watches come in store Mon-Sun at Walmer Park or contact us now.

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