12 Common Features and Functions of a Watch

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Understanding Your Watch in the Simplest Way

Nowadays, the design of watches includes different multi-functional features but not everyone has a clear picture of what those features are really for. The more features and functions a watch has, the more appealing it is to shoppers. Be aware though of the two complications - feature and function. A feature is a visual part of the watch while a function is may actually refer to timekeeping and physical functions. This guide will help you drill down the specifics and understand the features and functions of today's watches.
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1. Moonphase Display

  • Not all watches have this feature.
  • It all depends on your style preference and perhaps profession.
  • To most people, the moonphase display is only a beautiful complication but not entirely a useful feature.
  • It shows the different phases of the moon throughout the year.
  • Different watch brands have different ways of designing the moonphase indicator.
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2. Skeleton Dial

  • A skeleton dial watch has an intricate design that makes all the moving parts visible through either the front or back of the watch or sometimes, just a small cut outlining the dial.
  • Skeleton dial watches are mainly mechanical watches.
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3. Water resistance

  • One of the main features of a watch is its water resistance degree
  • A common misconception is that the term water resistance refers only to the ability of a timepiece to withstand splashes of water to varying degrees.
  • Use the guide below when considering this feature:
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4. Date and Day Dials / Perpetual Calendar

  • This feature is the most common in most wristwatches whether it be digital or analog.
  • Best for busy people who tend to forget the current date and day
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5. Multiple Time Zone Dials / World Time Watch

  • For frequent travelers whether for business or pleasure, this is the ultimate feature you should look for.
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6. Luminous Hands

  • Another common feature in many watches
  • This allows you to easily check the time even in the dark

7. Style or Uses

  • Usually determined by how a watch is used.
  • The three most common styles for watches: Dress, Sports and Fashion
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8. Alarm

  • This feature is usually used in digital watches and rarely in analog watches.
  • The alarm feature may be very useful for some, but most dress watches do not have this function.
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9. Stopwatch

  • Most popular feature for people who are engaged in sports or similar.
  • Common in digital watches
  • Some watches with this feature may tend to be bulkier
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10. Light

  • Another popular feature in digital watches.
  • Helps you check the time in the dark.
  • Usually, the light is either in blue on green LED.
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11. Heart-Rate Monitor

  • A feature that is stealing the spotlight feature of watches for many fitness enthusiasts and athletes.
  • It indicates the heart rate of the person wearing the watch.
  • Watches that have this feature are also usually water resistant.
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12. Tachymeter

  • A tachymeter allows the wearer to calculate speed, or average speed, over a known distance.
  • It usually features a stopwatch function too and have a sports design.
  • It is situated around the rim of a watch.

Understanding the different features and functions of a watch is crucial to your buying decision. We hope this will help you find the perfect watch you are looking for!
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