Watches have come a long way since their invention in the early 1500s. No longer are they simply used for telling time. A watch can now become an extension of who you are, what you like, and the personality you are trying to convey. At Abt Electronics, our wide selection gives you the opportunity to find what best fits your needs at great prices.
Watch faces are available with many different features and colors. The most basic face has the hour-hand, minute-hand, and second-hand accompanied by the date. In the more sophisticated watches you will find any combination of the following: a stop watch, a barometer, a meter with the current day/month, a moon phase which will tell you when the next full moon occurs, and many other features.
Technology Sitting On Your Wrist
Automatic watches will wind themselves by the motion of the wearer. As long as there is movement, the watch will remain wound and working properly. The benefit of the automatic watch is the ease of use and natural charging. Self-winding watches require the wearer to literally wind the watch's crown, which is located on the right side.
Quartz watches are the result of watch makers' constant quest for accuracy. Prototypes of quartz watches were being developed around 1950. Quartz watches were not available to the public in any real numbers until the 1970s. The power source of a quartz watch is usually a battery. Exceptions exist, but as a rule, quartz watches depend on a battery for their main source of power, hence they are simpler in their operation than a mechanical watch. This frees the wearer of regular maintenance.
Solar technology is another way to power your watch. Solar watches rely on the energy from the sun to power them, just like those large solar panels you may see on buildings. There are built-in batteries on these watches as a backup, but their main energy source is the rays of the sun. This source of natural energy keeps your watch working for a very long time.
Leather straps can be used to dress up or dress down. Most of your really expensive watches come with a leather strap. These straps can come in different types of leather--croc skin, alligator skin, etc.
Rubber straps are great because they give you the comfort of a leather strap plus some extra durability. Rubber straps are not as durable as metal straps, but they tend to last around 5 year longer than leather straps. Newer advancements with rubber straps add benefits such as longer life and the ability to better absorb sweat.
Nylon straps work well for the active person. If you are an outdoors kind of person, having a nylon strap is perfect for you and the environment you are in. If you are around water, leather straps can become warped and crack over time. If you are a rock climber and wear a rubber strap it can easily get cut. The nylon strap is durable and can absorb water easily.
Materials are also put through rigorous examinations before the parts even make it into the watch. For example, diamonds are looked at for their purity and carat weight. Sapphire crystals are second in "hardness" compared to diamonds, but they are the most expensive kind of crystals and are examined closely as they represent the window to the watch. Sapphire crystals are scratch-resistant and most of them have anti-reflective coating. A gold watch can be either gold-plated or solid gold. Gold-plated is less expensive and uses a process where the gold is bonded to a different type of metal. A solid gold watch is made almost entirely out of gold, using other metals only to strengthen its durability.
In less expensive models, watches are created using materials such as plastic, basic metals, and glass that is not entirely scratch resistant. These materials are still very reliable for a watch, however as with many things in life, you get what you pay for.
Chronograph: A watch accompanied by a stopwatch mechanism.
Chronometer: A device within a watch that is accompanied by a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy for precise time.
Complications: A term used to speak of the different features a watch will have--timer, date, moon phase, dual time zones, 31 day calendar, etc.
Exhibition Back: A see-through back of the watch that allows you to see the mechanics in action.
GMT: Greenwich Mean Time; originally referring to mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. It is now sometimes used to refer to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) when this is viewed as a time zone, although strictly UTC is an atomic time scale which only approximates GMT in the old sense.
Guilloche: An engraving technique in which very precise, intricate, repetitive patterns or a design is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail.
Jewel: Rubies or stones that are used in the creation of a watch that keep the movement efficient.
Mechanical: Timepieces which are powered by a mainspring and whose oscillating system runs on a purely mechanical basis such as a pendulum.
P.V.D.: Physical Vapor Deposition represents plating the surfaces of the case and the bracelet with a layer of protective metal in a vapor form.
Regulator: Precision pendulum clock which was formerly used to test small timepieces for their accuracy.
Retrograde: The watch does not display the time in the traditional circular fashion. Presented linearly, the hands travel in an arc and return back to the beginning to start over again.
Sapphire Crystal: A specific kind of watch crystal that can withstand great damage. Polished properly, it's completely clear and provides a perfect window to your watch. Sapphire crystals can be scratched by only one other kind of stone; a diamond.
Skeleton Face: A clear face on a watch that allows the wearer to see the internal movement and parts while in use.
World Time Indication: Traveling either east or west from 0 degrees longitude, the time deviates from GMT by one full hour for every 15 degrees travelled.
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