The Inner Workings Of A Watch

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a watch looks like? Find out right now by reading this informative article!

Any person who needs to keep track of time wears a wrist watch. In a busy world where everyone needs to be somewhere at a certain time, watches are indispensable. They've been in existence for hundreds of years since they replaced traditional pocket watches.

You probably wear a watch, yet you probably don't know how it works or what's inside the case. As long as it works at keeping the correct time, what's inside the case probably doesn't matter to you.

Watches come in different types, including quartz and mechanical. The wrist watches of yesteryear were the mechanical type. These watches have a spring that is wound up on a regular basis in order to keep them running and telling the correct time. The inner workings of a mechanical, wind up watch usually include a set of gears, a spring, a balance wheel, an hour hand, a minute hand, (sometimes a second hand), a face with a dial.

Mechanical wrist watches were popular until sometime in the nineteen seventies when the quartz watch made its way onto store shelves. A quartz watch is known as such because it actually has quartz crystals in its inner workings. Quartz crystals actually provides the power in a wrist watch.

It's other inner workings include a battery, a band of circuits, meshing gears, an LED display or a face with a dial, and an hour, minute, and maybe, a second hand. If the mechanical quartz wrist watch has hands, it usually has an electric motor that operates the hands.

A mechanical watch that has a face with a dial on it is also called an analog watch. If it has an LED display on it, then it's called a digital analog. There's also a sports watch which usually has both a face and a dial and an LED display. A sports watch also has a bezel on it. This is a moveable ring that can help you in timing laps, races, and other events. Sports watches also can have a chronograph with a flyback hand, calendar, minute repeater, subdials, et cetera.

The inner workings of a watch are enclosed in a case. Many cases are metal - some are made of the lesser expensive stainless steel, while others are made of gold or silver- while others are made of a plastic covered metal. Sports watches, for example, are usually made of plastic.

On the outside of many watch cases is a knob that is called a crown. This crown is used to set the hour and minute hands. It's also used in some cases, such as with a mechanical watch, to wind the inner spring up. The inner spring is what powers the watch in the absence of a battery.

Then, of course, covering the face and the dial of a watch is the crystal. It's either made of crystal

(hence its name) or a hard plastic material. Watches that only have LED displays don't have crystals. Instead, they are usually covered with a thin plastic.

Watches have evolved over time, and new styles come out every year. Basically, though, they all work the same by keeping track of time for us so we can meet our demanding schedules.

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