So, you think you know your watch parts? Well, even if you do, a little refresher from time to time won’t hurt. If you don’t know your watch parts, then prepare to learn the basics which you can use to impress just about anyone.
Like the human body, a watch is made up of intricate parts and features, all of which must be handled with extreme care. Unless you are a certificated watch guru, we wouldn’t recommend opening up your watch at home for repairs or cleaning. Think about it, you wouldn’t perform open heart surgery in your living room, right?
Regardless of the brand or style, all watches are manufactured with the same main parts and features. The following list, while not extensive, will cover the basic watch parts and features.
Case – The holder of all things “watch”. Cases are typically made from stainless steel as it’s a resilient and durable material that can withstand the test of time and [minimal] damage. The case is responsible for holding together all of the watch's components from its dial to its battery. Nowadays, cases come in a variety of colors and finishes, including matte, smooth or polished.
Glass – Protect thy dial! The glass, also known as the crystal, is what protects the interior of the watch from water and damage on a daily basis. Without glass, watches would be prone to everything from spilled water to an unexpected blizzard while commuting to work. However, you may be surprised to learn that there was a time when watches did not feature glass protection.
Dial – Also known as the face, and for a good reason, the dial is what draws you in to begin with. The dial is the part of the watch that allows you to flaunt your personality and exhibit your finer tastes. From textiles, colors and diamond accents to materials and unique number styles, the dial is the most visually significant and appealing part of a watch.
Lug – Think of it as the metal spring bar bridge between the case and strap.
Crown – The small knob on the side of your watch that you use to adjust the time after daylight savings time or an international getaway.
Buckle – Essentially, it's a belt buckle for your watch. It’s the metal piece at the end of one strap that connects it with the other strap, keeping your watch snug on your wrist.
Strap – Connected to the case by lugs, the strap is the part of a watch that enables you to wear it in the first place. Whether it comes in genuine leather, reptile or crocodile print, mesh, rubber or chain, the straps have a major responsibility when it comes to the watch.
Hands – The very parts that tell us what the time is. Without them, a watch wouldn’t be a watch! Whether they are solid colored or luminous, a watch’s hands have the crucial job of making sure that we always know what time it is.
Bezel – Simply put, it’s the outer ring of the case that is connected to the lugs. If you’ve ever seen the outer ring of a watch being rotated, then you know what a watch’s bezel is.
Now, you are officially a beginner in all things there is to know about watches. A short but simple list that will help you identify the parts of your next watch or allow you to impress a watch know-it-all.