Watches Dial – Stylize Your Identity

April 11th, 2012 | 4 Comments

You can do a lot of things to express your own style and identity–buy a certain kind of car, or get a tattoo–but if you want to express yourself in a way that’s versatile for most occasions, consider the type of watch you wear. The watch you wear can say a lot about you. The type of watch is concentrated in its dial, and the dial is the first thing people notice.

When choosing a watch, the type of dial, i.e. aesthetic and functionality, is an important aspect to consider.


People’s first impressions of the watch are based on its aesthetic. There are a lot of options to choose from, e.g. whether you want a smaller, more subtle dial, and in turn, a smaller watch. Or you may want a big dial, with bold numbers, and in turn, a bigger watch with a proportionately larger band.

There’s an assortment of designs and decisions that deserve consideration. For example, are the time indicators:

  • Digits?
  • Roman numerals?
  • Slash marks?
  • Simple reference points at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions?
  • Or, any combination of the above four?Background color also plays a role in the aesthetic. There’s a wide variety of colors, but gold, white, silver, and black are very common.


    Aesthetic often indicates the type of functionality in one’s watch. This is commonly expressed through sub dials and the size of the watch face.

    A bigger watch with bold numbers, or one with sub dials, likely indicates a watch with several complications (any feature beyond telling basic time), which means it’s tailored towards utility and practical purposes.

    Sub dials can act as:

    • Alarms
    • Stop-watches
    • Power reserve indicators
    • Dual time zone indicators

    A smaller watch with a simple, uncluttered face usually indicates few, if any, complications. These watch dials convey that the watch may be suited for social occasions, with signs of refinement and elegance.

    Some watches that display the range of dial possibilities:

    Jules Jurgensen Men’s Watch

    This time piece, as a whole, delivers a simple and stylish design, which is dictated by the type of dial. It’s a basic design with hash mark indicators, a date calendar, and a gold background. It has a quartz moment and is suited more for aesthetic purposes, rather than functionality. It goes for $105 on

    The Orient CEX0P001B

    Orient CEX0P001B blends aesthetic and functionality, expressed through the dial which contains a tachymeter on the outer bezel, which can be used to measure speed based on travel time, or it can measure distance based on speed.

    The dial also contains a power reserve indicator, which gauges how much power remains in the watch, since it is a mechanical watch, meaning it doesn’t need batteries; the motion of your arm powers the watch and stores that power into the mainspring to keep the watch running, even after you take it off.

    It comes with a durable stainless steel case and a comfortable leather strap. This combination of functionality and aesthetic offers utility and style all in one. It runs $225 at OrientWatchUSA.

    Citizen Men’s Skyhawk

    This watch offers an ample number of complications for an ample amount of money.

    Among other features, it delivers:

    • World time for 43 cities
    • 2 alarms
    • A chronograph (stop-watch) function
    • Perpetual calendar

    However, for most people, all of the functions may not be necessary. It has an eye-catching, busy dial, and runs for $637.50 at

    You must decide what style fits you best. This incorporates everything from how you want the watch to look, feel, and function. The dial plays an important role in the design of the watch, because every other part of the watch is there to complement that specific dial.

    But don’t worry, it shouldn’t be hard to find your own style. Be bad–do what you want.

  1. 4 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Tabatha Whitfield on Sep 28, 2009

    Very nice watches.

  3. By Goran on Oct 1, 2009

    Very good comperation!!
    I was attracktted on first look by “Skyhawk”, but after some time I realised that you cannot tell what time it is (primary watch!!!

  4. By roxane kersey on Oct 3, 2009

    love these watches! and great the heart on the back….!!!1

  5. By summer bowie on Nov 19, 2009

    i cant wait to get my free watch

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