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With the expertise of horologist Colin Potts, we have produced an easy-to-understand glossary of watch terms to assist you in acquiring a better understanding of timepiece mechanics.
Understanding the DNA of a watch can help you make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right timepiece for you. Whether you are looking for a simple, classic design or a more complex, feature-packed watch, understanding the DNA of a watch can help you find the perfect match for your style and needs.
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The main spring is a source of stored energy, and the oscillating escapement assembly regulates the rate at which that energy is released. Because the gears in the “wheel train,” which consists of the mainspring and escapement, move at various speeds, the watch is able to “tell time.”
Train of Wheels
A watch has many parts, but the most important of them by far is its movement. A movement is composed of many pieces (hundreds in some cases), and it is the driving force behind your watch, moving the hands and keeping time accurately day in, and day out. While watch technology has been eclipsed by smartphones and other digital devices in recent years, it’s still pretty fascinating when you get down to it – especially considering that people were making accurate watches long before they could design them on computers. Not all movements, however, are alike.
Discover how to differentiate between the most common kinds and appreciate the merits of each.
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Adjusting the time requires pulling out the crown and winding the watch requires pushing it in.
Depending on whether you're pulling out or pushing in, a separate set of gears will be engaged.
In conjunction with a dial, hands indicate what time it is. Hands indicate the hours, minutes, and frequently the seconds. Hands come in a variety of styles from simple batons, swords, and pointers, to ornate designs with curves and colors.
The crown allows the watch to be manually wound when required, when pulled out it allows the time to be set. Watches with a date function often have a middle position between the winding position and the time setting position which allows the date to be set as well. Waterproof watches often have a screw-down crown to prevent it from being pulled out while being exposed to water.