Education – Watch Lingo

March 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment

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.

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  2. By John Little on Apr 2, 2012

    Thanks for all the info on different terms in the industry,however there is one you forgot.The letter “O” which could stand for “outstanding” or “Out of this world”,but now “O” is the only letter to consider when looking for an Outstanding timepiece,that’s O stands for ORIENT=Quality,style,dependability,and value.Thanks for making a real mans “Rolex” at a real mans price,John

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