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How to Choose a Wristwatch

Watches these days are worn out of love and habit since we all have smart phones to tell us time and everything else. Watches will never go out of style and will always be a part of a stylish man’s attire. This article will describe and compare different mechanisms of watches and different styles for those of you who are already attached to your timepiece or planning to become an owner.

Watch movements

This is the most important and most often used word when a watch is being described. It’s the heart of the watch – the way inner technology works to produce that hour hand movement. There are three types of movements, described below:

Mechanical

A mechanical watch is powered by a coiled spring that you have to periodically wind by hand. It slowly and evenly unwinds causing that sweeping motion of the second hand. The longer the spring, the less often you will have to wind your watch. Most springs are 9-13 inches long.

Not all mechanical watches are the same, attention to detail really matters here. Most watch lovers prefer this type of movement, because it’s steeped in tradition and has the most intricate work to keep the watch going. Such watch is all about respecting the history, traditions, and engineering.

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Automatic

Automatic watches are very similar to mechanic, they are also powered by an intricate system and a spring, but the only difference is that you don’t have to manually wind it. The movement gets winded when you move your wrist during your daily activities. There is a weight, “rotor”, which moves about and does the job for you. There is also a slipping clutch device to prevent over-winding.

If you are not wearing your automatic watch daily, store it in a watch winder that keeps it moving in circular motions all the time. Otherwise you will have to reset the date, the calendar, and time once you decide to wear it again.

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Quartz

The most popular kind of watches today is quartz. They are inexpensive, extremely accurate, and plentiful.

The movement system is a bit less complicated than a mechanical watch. The timepiece is powered by a small battery, which sends electric shocks through a small crystal, causing the crystal to vibrate at impressive 32,786 times per second. All those vibrations are converted into pulses that move the second hand of the watch. You will hear the distinct “tick tick tick” sound and the hand will move.

The mechanism here relies on fewer moving parts, so the watch will be more accurate and won’t be so sensitive, making it perfect for activities and sports.

You can get quartz watch for as little as $4 and will be extremely precise. Something with style will cost you more, needless to say.

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Watch Complications

The basic function of a wristwatch is to tell time. Many watches, though, come with added extras. Those extras are called complications.

Complications are moon phases, calendars, alarms, power reserve indicators, and repeaters. Those are the most popular extras.

Then there is the chronogram. This is a separate and independent time system within your watch that serves as a stopwatch. It consists of three small dials in the main dial and buttons on the side to start and stop the watch.

Some watches also have a tachymeter, a scale inscribed on the rim of the watch. With its help you can calculate all kinds of cool things, like speed, traveled distance, and fuel consumption.

It is totally up to you to decide how many and what features you want to have on your watch. Most dress watches tend to be simple and have a date or something similar, while sports and leisure watches come with all kinds of complications.

A brief overview of watch styles:

Dress Watch

It is popular since early 20th century. This watch speaks about simplicity and style; it is not complicated, but rather sleek and sophisticated. Don’t go for flashy here; you are looking for a classy feel that will draw attention with its understatement.

Field Watch

Field watch came from the history and war. It was needed to coordinate attacks, tell exact time on the front lines, and withstand all kinds of field conditions. The watches radiate confidence, style, usability, and ruggedness.

Dive Watch

Thanks to James Bond franchise, dive watch is one of the most popular watches that men today are wearing. The main feature, as the name suggest, is waterproofness. Rolex Oyster was one of the first watches with hermetically sealed case in 1930s. Rolex Submariner is known as one of the standards for style for dive watches and was used on land and under water.

Pilot watch

Those watches have always served very specific purposes for fly boys and never lacked style and charisma. Chronographs were added to pilot watches by Breitling in the 1930s to help them calculate their whereabouts and various measurements.

Racing watch

Racing is always in a need of precision, so racing watches started being used in the 1930s for that purpose – to figure out the outcome of the race. Rolex Oyster was the first of this kind, but Tag Heuer standardized the racing watch by adding a chronograph and tachymeter in the 1950s and 1960s.