Glossary

TermExplanation
AnalogSometimes spelled analogue watch. The name refers to the design of the display, regardless of the timekeeping technology used within the watch.
Automatic
An automatic or self-winding watch is a mechanical watch in which the main A mechanical watch which is neither self-winding nor electrically driven is called a manual watch.spring is wound automatically as a result of natural motion of the wearer's arm, to provide energy to run the watch, making manual winding unnecessary.
BezelThe bezel is a part of the watch's outer case. It is the metal "frame" that holds the crystal in place on the watch.
Case
Outer covering for the works of a watch.
Chronograph
A chronograph is a specific type of watch that is used as a stopwatch combined with a display watch.
Chronometer
A timepiece or timing device with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy, for use in determining longitude at sea or for any purpose where very exact measurement of time is required.
Dial
A clock face or dial is the part of an analog clock (or watch) that displays the time through the use of a fixed-numbered dial or dials and moving hands.
Digital
A digital display simply shows the time as a number, e.g., 12:08 instead of a short hand pointing towards the number 12 and a long hand 8/60 of the way round the dial.
Mechanical (Hand Wound)A mechanical watch is a watch that uses a mechanical mechanism to measure the passage of time, as opposed to modern quartz watches which function electronically. It is driven by a spring (called a mainspring) which must be wound periodically. Its force is transmitted through a series of gears to power the balance wheel, a weighted wheel which oscillates back and forth at a constant rate.
QuartzA quartz watch is a ticker that uses an electronic oscillator to keep time.

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