Some of you may know how a watch or a clock works, and its primary function is to tell time. But do we ever think what comprises an analogue wristwatch? Most analogue watches are handmade by watchmakers who put time and effort into assembling small parts to become a classic piece of timekeeping that you can pass on to the next generations. These watches are costlier than digital ones, even though they use more advanced technology. The craftsmanship of the watchmaker is what we pay for when we buy an analogue watch. Let us take a closer look at the most integral parts of a watch.
This is what holds the inner mechanisms of the watch. The most common material for a watch case is stainless steel because it is durable and does not rust. Other materials are gold, platinum and even plastic. The reason why stainless steel is more common is that it can handle shock without breaking the glass part of the casing.
These are the parts where the casing connects to the strap of the watch.
The strap secures the watch to your wrist. It can either have a buckle or an Omega deployment clasp to close it. The strap can be leather, rubber, plastic or metal.
This is what we use to change the time, and sometimes the date if the watch has that feature. This is the small round mechanism on the side of the watch. To change the time, we pull the crown outwards and lock it again by pushing it inwards.
These are the hour, minute and second hands. Not all analogue watches have second hands, and some even have none of the three.
This is the outer ring on the case that connects to the lugs. The surface is usually flat, but it can also be round. The bezel can have precious metals on it, such as diamonds. It can also be of a different colour than the case to provide a contrast.
This is the part on top of the casing that protects the dial and the hands. It prevents dust and dirt from entering the watch face. It may not necessarily be a crystal, but rather glass or plastic. These two are more durable and can withstand scratches and even bumps without breaking.
The dial is the face of the watch. This is where you can see the numbers, and sometimes the date and day. The dial can be in different colours. This is the part where watchmakers can express their creativity. Some only showcase solid and plain colours, but others put pictures, drawings and other graphics to show uniqueness.
When you are opting to buy a watch, it is advisable to buy a classic piece that you can wear with just about any outfit than a fashionable one that may no longer look good in the years to come. Buying a classic analogue watch is a sound investment. With proper care, it can last you for decades.