The 411 on Watches

The 411 on Watches

Now that you can tell time on your smartphone, your car, your microwave and dozens of other places that aren’t traditional clocks, a watch becomes more of a style statement and less of a necessity.

Not surprisingly, watches span a wide range of styles and prices, from the simple and affordable to the opulent and more expensive. Start by familiarizing yourself with the primary types of watches, watch materials and optional features.

Watch movements


Quartz watch movements, the most common type, offer accuracy and stability. Plus, quartz watches don’t require winding. The battery should last for a year or two. Quartz watches come in several styles:

  • Analog watch faces have numbers, Roman numerals or markers around the dial. While this may be the most traditional design, there’s still a lot of variety to be found, from sleek and minimalistic to highly ornate.
  • Digital watch dials display hours and minutes.
  • Ani-digi watch displays combine an analog watch dial with a digital readout.


Mechanical watches rely on a spring to supply energy to an oscillator as it unwinds. Because of its nature, a mechanical watch can lose several minutes over the course of a week or month. Regular maintenance helps to keep your watch working as it should. Mechanical watches are available in automatic and manual models:

  • Automatic mechanical watches have a rotor swing, which winds the spring with every movement of the wearer. You’ll find these watches with see-through displays to showcase its inner workings. If not worn for a few days, the watch will need to be wound. Different watch brands offer different power reserves.
  • Manual mechanical watches must be wound every day to keep them running.

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