Fashion is the most commonly appreciated function of a watch, but anyone who has a minute to examine their purchase closely can see that there is more going on than just appearance. So here now for your personal growth and knowledge, The BunkerOnline.com presents, “Anatomy of a Watch”.
Today we are using the new Nixon 48-20 Chrono and G-Shock G-110 as a point of reference to visually communicate the components that make up your watch. Together they share fundamental parts as well as having individual elements that make them unique.
Some of the shared components are obvious enough, the band, buckle, and the ability to tell what time of day you are experiencing at this very moment… Here is a visual breakdown that accurately describes and labels the watch and its components.
With an analog watch there are fourteen main visible elements, starting with the links. The links are separate pieces that join together make up a metal band, the bands purpose is to secure the watch to wrist with the aid of the buckle. The band is connected to four lugs, that are attached to the case with screw or spring pins. Also affixed to the case is the crown and pusher(s), these control the dial and any secondary function of the watch. The face of an analog watch can have a couple features like the date window, that acts as a calendar, and sub dial, that can communicate things such as tide and chronograph. These won’t be found on every watch, but are worth mentioning because they are quite common. The bezel surrounds the crystal/lense (protective transparent layer over dial) and dial ring, and can be fixed or rotating, specifically related to diving and timing. The dial driven by the movement is what you will spend most of your time examining, its purpose is to register and display the time, with the use of the hands.
A digital watch has a simpler overview, and can be summarized in six main parts. The display which can communicate and number of functions digitally by LED or LCD lighting. The pushers operate and control the display functions, that are built into the masking that surrounds the display. Underneath the display and masking, the piece of your wrist gets the most opportunity to enjoy, is the caseback. The caseback secures to the case and conceals the movement inside the watch. To effectively wear your digital watch you will need the band, tongue and buckle, that work harmoniously together to keep your watch secure to your wrist. br>
By Kurt Scholla