Posted on November 17 2015
Useful Watch Features.
We wear watches not just for checking time but as accessories for adding class, expressing wealth, social status, and sense of style.
For some people, wearing a watch is a habit and for others, it's a memory of something special. Wrist watches often considered as jewelry or as collectible work of art.
Watches designed for the left wrist with the knob used for changing the time on the right side of the watch which makes it easy to change the time without removing the watch from the wrist. All watches show time of the day but many watches also provide a lot of information beyond that.
A chronograph is basically a watch with stopwatch capabilities. It displays different counters or mechanisms for measuring time. Counters can register seconds, minutes and hours. It provides the ability to time anything you want.
These watches are sometimes called diving watches. Water resistant watches are classified by their degree of water resistance. For example:
- 30 m water resistant watches is splash and rain resistant.
- 50 m for swimming, white-water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing.
- 100 m suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.
- 200 m suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports.
Analog watches are very popular because people who buy watches for timekeeping purpose find it easier to read than digital watches. Analog watches have a rotating hour hand and a longer, rotating minute hand. Some watches also have a third hand that shows second of the minute.
Digital watches show the time as a number instead of a hands pointing towards the numbers.
The first digital mechanical wristwatch appeared in 1920. The first digital electronic wrist watch was a Pulsar LED prototype developed by Hamilton Watch company and Electro-Data.
Many watches have displays that are illuminated, and can be used in a darkness. Mechanical watches usually have luminous paint on their hands and hour marks.
Talking watches are also available, intended for the blind or visually impaired. They speak the time out loud at the press of a button. Talking watches perfect for low vision or blind people.
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