Thursday, January 17, 2019

Watch-Glossary

Welcome to the Glossary section of "The Watch guide" Browse through to learn all the important terms associated with watchmaking and understand your timepiece better!

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Altimeter

One of the most useful features in a watch for an outdoor enthusiast is the altimeter. An...

Automatic Movement

An automatic or self winding movement is a mechanical watch movement that is wound by the ...

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Bidirectional rotating bezel

A bezel that can be rotated in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction and is used to ...

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Calibre Watch

A Calibre or Caliber is used as a reference to the manufacturer’s movements. The specif...

Case

The skin of the watch which holds together the internal movement is what we call the case....

Ceramic

Ceramic or often called high-tec ceramic is a material used to make watches (can include c...

Chronograph Watch

A chronograph is watch that includes stopwatch functionality while also showing the time l...

Chronometer

The pursuit of accuracy in time keeping has been going on since centuries. For the initial...

Co-Axial Escapement

Considered to be one of the most significant achievements in the world of horology, the Co...

Complication

Understood typically as a “Function” in a watch, complications are features which have...

Countdown Timer

Perfect for athletes, a countdown timer watch allows you time a particular event backward....

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Dial

A dial or sometimes referred to as the clock face is the main frame of the timekeeper that...

Digital Display

A digital display is one that shows information in the form of characters, as opposed to h...

Dual time zones (GMT)

A Dual Time Zone watch is one which displays the time in two time zones at the same time. ...

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Flyback Chronograph

A flyback chronograph is a complication which enables one to measure lap times effectively...

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Guilloche Pattern

Guilloche, phonetically pronounced gee-oh-shay, is a type decoration which is done usually...

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Helium Escape Valve

Found in professional diving watches, a helium escape valve is fitted with the purpose of ...

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Mechanical Movement

Mechanical movements have been in existence since hundreds of years and until recently, we...

Moonphase

The Moon phase dial was never created as a mere decoration for watches, but had a practica...

Mother of pearl

Mother of Pearl is a material that is sometimes used in making the dials of luxury watche...

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Perpetual Calendar

A perpetual calendar is a complication in a watch which displays day of the week, date and...

Power Reserve Indicator

A power reserve indicator is a feature which shows the remaining amount of stored energy i...

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Quartz Movement

Quartz watches use an electronic oscillator regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time. Th...

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Retrograde Dial

A Retrograde Dial displays a function in a linear fashion, as opposed to a circular fashio...

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Sapphire Crystal

Sapphire crystal is the world’s toughest glass which protects your watch from dirt, wate...

Screw Down Crown

Available in diving watches, a screw down crown is a special feature which aids in water r...

Skeleton Dial

A Skeleton dial watch is where all the moving parts are visible through the front on the d...

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Tachymeter

A tachymeter is a function in a watch that allows one to measure average speed, given that...

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Unidirectional Bezel

Found in diving watches, the unidirectional rotating bezel is a unique feature that helps ...

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World Timer

A watch with a world timer function displays times of up to 24 time zones around the globe...

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