Anyone new to the watch industry is flooded with technical terms associated with timepieces. In order to understand the functionality of a watch one must understand the terms used to describe it. Lets take a look at the A-B-C’s of watch lingo and explain some popular industry terms…
Automatic winding (or self-winding): This term refers to a watch with a mechanical movement. The watch is wound by the motion of the wearer’s arm. If an automatic watch is not worn for a day or two, it will wind down.
Battery reserve indicator: Some battery-operated watches have a feature that indicates when the battery is approaching the end of its life. This is often indicated by the second hand moving in two-second intervals instead of each second.
Crystal: The transparent cover on a watch face made of glass crystal, synthetic sapphire or plastic. Sapphire crystal is used for higher end watches because it is highly resistant to scratching.