“Time is an illusion.” – Albert Einstein
Story by: Jeremy Cabral
Learning about watches for men and their components, history, manufacturing, brands, functionality and time periods is important in an era where fast-food, fast meeting and telecommuting have taken hold. If you are just discovering watch collections as a hobby, you need to familiarise yourself with the components and functions of a watch to give you a bargaining power.
A must-have item in your accessory collection, watches are stylish, versatile and utilitarian. And you can own only one piece, said no one! On an average, every individual has one for casual outings, formal one for professional commitments and a flashy one for parties. Collecting watches is a fascinating activity, which to some people has become as a hobby and to others a challenge to solve.
Have you ever wondered as to what is the use of those tiny pockets in your denim pants? Well, it’s original use was for a watch pocket with the chain attached to the belt loop. Gradually, the form of watches evolved and got slapped onto our wrists, as we know it today.
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Parts of a watch
Watches have around 400 distinctive parts that aid in reflecting the right time and date. But for a budding watch collector, it is important to understand the basics that go into your chosen piece. Some of the essential parts to note include Outer Bezel, Dial, Band also known as bracelet, Lug, Crown and Crystal Outer.
Outer Bezel is basically the crystal covering that goes around the watch and mostly made of metal or ceramic.
Dial is the face of the watch with markings and where time is displayed.
The Band is what you use to tie the watch around your wrist. It is made of leather or metal links but can also be found in clothing and rubber. You can check out the different types of bands and which are preferred in different contexts.
Lug helps in connecting the watch case to the bracelet.
Crown is the nub on the right side of the watch face that allows you to adjust time and date while Crystal Outer is the glass face of the watch case that enables the watch to tell time using the clockwork mechanism.
Complications: Now that you know about the basic form, it is important to understand some complications of the watch. Automatic watches have self-winding mechanism that use natural motion of your wrist to twist the crown. Quartz movement is the battery-powered movement in a watch that helps in sending signals to create vibrations and display time.
Power Reserve shows how much of the stored energy is remaining for the collector’s watches that are not automatic. It also important to note tourbillon, the spinny-looking complications, is mostly used to combat interference of gravity on watch work.
Diving watch is uniquely designed for water resistance with underwater diving features and some have Helium Release Valve used to release gas that is trapped for prolonged dives.
With knowledge on basic parts, complications and the anatomy of the watch, you can now make a discerned decision. You can also learn more on the watch industry as you grow in the world of timepieces. It is important to note there is no price threshold in watch collections. You don’t need to spend huge amount of money to be accepted as a watch connoisseur once you have deeper understanding about watches for men and their components. Antiques or Modern, the choice is yours!