The Different Parts That Make Up A Wristwatch

Wristwatches are the one accessory that cut across all genders and classes. Many watch enthusiasts would tell you that your outfit is not complete without the right wristwatch to compliment it. A wristwatch, however, is more than just an accessory; it is more than a sign of how fashionable you are. A wristwatch is a machine, and while many may not understand this, not all wristwatches are the same.


Of course, we know that not all watches are priced the same and a lot of wrist watches certainly do not look the same; but what do we really know about the differences in wristwatches? What makes some watches more expensive and more coveted than others? What are the things to look out for when watch shopping? The answer to these questions rests in knowing the different parts that make up a wristwatch.

The major differences in wristwatches are based on the differences in their parts and in the quality of materials used in making these parts.

So, what are the different parts that make up a wristwatch?


Parts Of A Watch

Depending on the style and design of a wristwatch, some parts may defer. However, there are some basic parts that are constant and present in all wristwatch types. These are:

Watch Case

The watch case is the part of the watch that houses the mechanical part of the watch. Depending on the style of the watch, a variety of materials can be used in the making of a watch casing. The best quality of metal material watch case you can get for an affordable price is stainless steel. However, in the case of more expensive wristwatches, more expensive materials can be used such as platinum or gold. Even though the most common watch case that you would easily find would most likely be stainless steel, some cases are also made using plastic, as is the case with sport watches. A watch case can come in a variety of finishes depending on the style of the watch. It could either be matte, smooth, high-gloss or even a combination of finishes.
Watch Crown
The crown of a wristwatch is that part of the watch that is used to adjust the time. The crown is located on the side of the watch and would usually need to be pulled out in order to operate. For wrist watches that come with a date window, the crown is also used in adjusting the date on the watch. Many luxury designed watches would usually come with some form of embellishment on the crown.
On a wristwatch, the lugs are the part of the watch where the case and the strap of the watch meet. It is the part that connects the strap to the case, and it usually uses the mechanism of metallic spring bars. Hass Watches Co. watches come with a quick release strap.

Watch Bands/ Straps/ Bracelets
This is the part of a wristwatch that fastens the watch to your wrist. The band of a wristwatch comes in different types. There are the strap and the bracelet.
Strap: A watch strap is usually made from either nylon, leather or rubber materials. However, the variety of materials that can be used in making a strap is not limited to these 3. A strap typically comes with a tang buckle for fastening the watch. As with tang buckles, the strap also comes with buckle holes and keepers for keeping the strap fastened in place.
Bracelet: A watch bracelet is typically made out of metal materials. Since they are metal, bracelets are made with links that hold the metals together and these links are designed to be removable in order to adjust the size of the wristwatch. Bracelets come with a different type of buckle than straps, and they are known as a deployment buckle. A deployment buckle is one that folds unto itself and usually has a clasp for its release. However, not all have a clasp; rather they simply have a folding bar to keep the buckle in place. These are known as folding buckles. Even though the deployment buckle is most popular of bracelets, many high-end strap wristwatches can also sport a deployment buckle.

Watch Bezel
The bezel of a wristwatch is the outer part of the watch case. This part of the watch is what frames the glass on the watch. It is the part of the watch that links with the lugs. It can also come embellished and can be made with a different metal for a touch of style.
The Dial
The dial of the watch, also known as the face, is the surface underneath the glass surface of the watch. This is where the hands of the watch lie. The dial of a wristwatch can come in a wide range of designs, colors, and materials. It can also make use of different numerals to show the time. Either Arabic numbers, regular numbers, roman numerals, or even just bars to show the time.
Watch Hands
The hands of a watch typically show the hour, minute and second. The difference between the hands is that the hour hand is typically shorter than the minute hand and the second hand typically ticks per second. Although this is the basic watch hand design, some elaborate watch designs have additional hands for functions such as timers and stopwatches.
Watch Crystal
The watch crystal is the part of the watch that is popularly known as the glass of the watch. This is the part of the watch that covers the dial of the watch. It protects the dial and the hands of the watch from things like water, dirt, and dust that can destroy a watch. It can be made from different types of materials. The 3 most popular materials used are plastic, mineral glass and sapphire crystal. The sapphire crystal is the best quality material used in making the watch crystal because of its durability and resistance to scratch.
The Watch Movement
The movement of a wristwatch is the operational part of the wristwatch. This is the part that is enclosed in the case of the watch. It is the mechanical part of the watch and in some cases also where the battery lies. It is the part of the wristwatch that operates the hands of the watch, and it is also the part of the watch where the crown is fixed into. There are 3 styles of movements: quartz, automatic, and mechanical. We will cover the differences between the 3 in our next blog.

These are all the major parts that make up a typical wristwatch. These are all the things that make every wristwatch unique in its own way. This guide on the different parts of a wristwatch should be able to enlighten both wristwatch enthusiasts and non-wristwatch enthusiasts alike on how and why wristwatches are the way they are. This guide is a typical wristwatch guide; however, you would find that many wristwatches have so many different distinctions that are not particularly in line with this guide. For instance, there is the Milanese style of wristwatch band which is not included in this guide but is found to be quite popular.

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