You’ve probably seen several watches whose description reads: gold bezel, steel case, engraved dial, etc … even sounds like something super sophisticated, and maybe it is, but if you do not know what they mean those terms, you never know really what you are buying, so we took on the task of clarify you those unknowns.

anatomy of a clock

Box
It is the central structure on which is built the clock. Its interior is all engineering that enables a more precise movement. Their shapes are varied, but the most prevalent are square, rectangular and circular.

Hands
Also called needles, indicate the passage of time (hours, minutes and seconds). They are subject to the center, this way they have the same reference point when turning.

Cover
It is under the hands and crystal. There are thousands of styles (plastic, gold and/or silver, solid colors, with some drawing, etc.).

Crystal
It is the transparent plate covering the cover and hands. The most common are plexiglass, common glass and sapphire. The first is a compound similar to plastic without great resistance to scratches; the second is more durable but without proper care arrives to present scratches; the third is considered a precious stone of high density, almost as hard as a diamond and anti-scratch.

Bezel
It is the protective edge of cover and crystal. Usually it is made of the same material as the box and strap. It may be plastic, gold, silver, or tungsten (gray metal of the higher density and strength). In some cases presenting numbers or engraved points.

Crown
Also called knob, is the small rotating to one side of the box to adjust the time correctly and with great precision piece.

Dial
Locate inside the box and on the cover. It is a graphical reference points and/or numbers that indicate the exact time.

Strap
Made of metal, leather, skin or rubber. It serves to fix the entire structure to the wrist.

Quartz movement
The battery passes electric current through a quartz, which vibrates 32,000 times per second; thus drives the motor that moves the hands with great precision.

Swiss Movement
Literal, its mechanism is made in Switzerland by master watchmakers, who traditionally dictate standards for machinery; also presents the back the phrase Swiss Movement, if you have any other variant, it is not original.

Japanese Movement
Emerged in 1986, presented a great development that soon is developed in the main rival of the Swiss. Currently it has perfected the technique so much offer a comparable precision of its competitor.

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