Luxury Watch Anatomy for Dummies

Anatomy Of Watch

Everyone knows the meaning of the term wristwatch and its basic functions like telling time and displaying the date. Luxury watches available in the market provide you with a huge selection of wrist gear. But, many among us are not sure about the names and functions of individual watch parts. Here, we are trying to explain some of these terms in an easy-to-understand manner.

Bezel – A watch bezel is a rim that covers the crystal and secures it in its place over the dial. The shape of the bezel would be the same as that of the dial. If the dial is circular, then the bezel is highly likely to be circular as well.

Crystal – A crystal of a watch is a transparent cover over the dial. In most cases, the crystal is made either of sapphire or acrylic.Watch Anatomy For Dummies

Hands – Usually, analog watches have hands to denote time. Hour hand denotes hour, minute hand denotes minute, and second hand denotes second. There are some extremely rare analog watches that do not have any hands at all.

Dial – A dial is the face of the watch that you look at directly and read the time. The watch hands move above the dial. The hour markers, date window, various sub-dials, etc. are created on the dial.

Case – A case is the outer body of the watch that encompasses all its moving parts inside. Again, all parts of the watch like dial, hands, bezel, crown, pushers, etc. are held in their position by the case. The material used for creating the case can be gold, silver, platinum, stainless steel, etc.

Luxury Watch Clockwork –  Luxury Watch AnatomyClockwork stands for the inner moving mechanism of the watch that ultimately displays the accurate time and other features. Complex luxury watches have many hundreds of tiny parts working together to accomplish their goals.

Crown – A crown in mechanical watches is used to wind its spring and thus provide it with the power to run its duties diligently. Again, the same crown is used to set the time, set alarms, and many other functions specific to the particular watch model. This latter part is applicable to automatic and quartz watches alike.

Strap/Bracelet – A strap or bracelet helps you secure the watch on your wrist. Straps are made of materials like leather, plastic, rubber, etc., and bracelets are made from metals like steel, gold, platinum, etc.

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Case back/back plate – It covers the bottom of the watch that stays in touch with your wrist. When it comes to highly expensive watches for men, they tend to use see-through case backs to showcase the working of the watch movement. The other case back option is the opaque metallic one.

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