Watch terminology

Bezel

The bezel goes around the crystal of a watch are usually made of metal or ceramic.

 

Bracelet or Strap

These are the bands that secure a watch to a wrist. A bracelet is always made of metal.

 

Case

The case is the part of the watch that contains the movement and dial. This protects them from normal wear and tear as well as the elements. They come in several different shapes and materials. Most common for luxury brands is 316L steel.

 

Crown

This is a knob on the outside of a watch case that sets the calendar and time. It also used to wind the watch.

 

Crystal

This is the transparent cover on the top of the dial or face. This is designed to protect the watch from dirt and water and reduce glare. The majority of modern Swiss timepieces have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

 

Dial

Also known as the face, the dial is the portion of the watch that displays the time. It can come in several different colors and marker combinations. Most dials are made with tampon print, but there are also other techniques to decorate the dial. 

 

Hand

The hands are the markers on the dial that indicate the time. Most watches have at least three hands to show hours, minutes, and seconds.

 

Hour Marker

These are the indicators on the face of a watch that mark out the hours.

 

Lug

These are projections on the watch case that secure the strap or watch bracelet to the case.

 

Signature

This is the manufacturers information on the dial of the watch.


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