Watch Glossary

The world around watches is a place where it is important to understand the lingo which many enthusiasts use on a regular basis. But also for you to learn about what you like etc. Therefore we have collected a simple glossary of common watch terminology below:

Watch Case: The watch case is the outer covering of a watch. It protects the inner workings of the watch and can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, and ceramic.

Bezel: The bezel is the ring that surrounds the watch’s face. It can be stationary or rotate and is often used to mark time intervals or measure distances.

Crown: The crown is a knob located on the side of the watch case that is used to set the time and date. It can also be used to wind a mechanical watch.

Dial: The dial is the face of the watch, where the time is displayed. It can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, and glass.

Hands: The hands are the pointers that move around the dial to indicate the time. The longer hand is the minute hand, and the shorter hand is the hour hand.

Markers: Markers are the lines or dots that are placed around the outer edge of the dial to mark the minutes or hours.

Spring Bars: Spring bars are thin, flexible bars that are used to attach a watch strap or bracelet to the watch case. They can be removed and replaced to change the strap or bracelet.

Movement: The movement is the mechanism inside the watch that powers the watch and keeps time. There are three main types of movements: mechanical, automatic, and quartz.

Mechanical Movement: A mechanical movement uses a spring-wound mechanism to power the watch. The spring must be wound by hand or automatically through the movement of the wearer’s wrist.

Automatic Movement: An automatic movement is similar to a mechanical movement, but it is self-winding. It uses the movement of the wearer’s wrist to wind the spring, eliminating the need to wind it manually.

Quartz Movement: A quartz movement uses a battery to power the watch and a quartz crystal to keep time. It is the most accurate and common type of movement in watches today.