The Meanings Of Your Wristwatch Terms

The Meanings Of Your Wristwatch Terms

Here are all the answers to the problems you have about your wristwatch.

Swiss Made
Any watch that is made in Swiss its movement was assembled, started, adjusted and controlled by its maker in Switzerland.

If you want to be sure that your wristwatch is genuinely made in Swiss, it will come with the Swiss A.O.S.C. (Certificate of Origin) mark.

Tourbillon
A tourbillon refers to a round cage holding an escapement and balance that rotates once every 60 seconds.

It is mostly found in a mechanical watch and is used to eliminate timekeeping errors that may arise as a result of tiny variations which may happen when you switch your watch between horizontal and vertical regions intermittently.

Automatic Movement
Automatic Movement refers to a watch that automatically winds itself when you move your hand.

Those type of watches do not need you to use your other hand to wind and adjust them because the rotor of the watch is part of an automatic mechanism which winds the mainspring once you move your hand.

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Bezel
The bezel is the metallic ring that encircles the face of your watch and is made from an array of materials including steel, gold plate, platinum or gold.

Chronograph
A chronograph is a common term you’d come across when you buy wristwatches, and it refers to a stopwatch.

Chronographs are most times separate digital displays or come with an additional seconds hand, hours hand or some other form of counters on the face of your watch.

They can easily be started or stopped when you want to time an event or activity.

Chronometer
Chronometers refer to different types of watches that have been tested at different temperatures, pressure, humidity and other conditions to see whether their accuracy standards are affected by the set standards approved in Switzerland.

Face
The face of your watch refers to the entire area of your watch that is visible and the hands of the watch and dial all form part of the face.

Manual Wind
Manual Wind is required by a watch that needs to be hand-wound daily by the crown. The essence of winding is to tighten up the mainspring, which then slowly unwinds in an even motion, to provide the energy required to drive the movement of the timepiece.

Movement
The movement of a timepiece can be mechanical or quartz, and will mostly refer to the innards of the watch and its ability to drive the hand or display of the watch to keep time.

Crown
The crown refers to the button lying on the outside of your wristwatch case that is used to wind your watch and set the time if your timepiece is mechanical.

The crown is used to set time and deliver other functions on automatic mechanism timepieces and can also be called the winding stem.

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Dial
The dial refers to the display of your wristwatch, and it usually comes in a circular shape (though it comes in squares, rectangles and triangles too), bearing the Arabic or Roman numerals or other marks to signify the minutes and hours of the clock.

Quartz Crystal
In a quartz watch, a battery sends electricity to the quartz crystal through a circuit, using the vibrations to generate electric pulses.

This powers a small motor which turns the watch’s gear wheels for second, minute and hour functions or an LCD as the case may be. Synthetic quartz oscillates or vibrates 32.768 times a second to generate electrical charges to power the wristwatch.

Skeleton Case
A skeleton Case is any watch that has a clear front or back for your pleasure and that of everyone that likes watching the movement and inner workings of a clock.

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