As a man, your watch is one of the most important accessories you own. It does so much more than simply keep you from being late for vital appointments. The type and style of watch you choose to wear on a given day will speak volumes about your personality. The many different types of watches available on today’s market for men can be casual or formal, simple or luxury, and everything in between. The watch you choose for today can make or break the clothes you’re wearing, as it tells the world what kind of man you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. Following are some of the most popular types of watches for men available from watchmakers today and the differences between them.
Quartz watches contain a tiny quartz crystal inside that is capable of keeping very accurate time. While many traditional watch types for men contained mechanical gears, the quartz watch was designed to run on batteries. Quartz crystals work by vibrating at a stable frequency, and it is this movement of the crystal that is capable of keeping precision time.
LCD watches use liquid crystal display as their mechanism of keeping accurate time. With an LCD watch, the numbers are displayed against a background that is typically darker than the numbers. The LCD watch uses this number display rather than a clock face that uses numbers around a circle or dial. Users of LCD watches can simply glance at the displayed numbers rather than determining or ‘telling time.’ Today, watches such as the LCD watch are replacing the need for even learning how to tell time.
Developed in 1816 by French inventor Louis Moinet, the chronograph watch typically is used as a stopwatch because it contains a second hand. Moinet invented the chronograph watch in order to track astronomical objects. In order to keep an accurate time duration, chronograph watches can be started and stopped by a stem that is depressed. They can also be returned to zero to begin the process again. Some chronograph watches even have the ability to record tenths of a second. The first chronograph watches were widely utilized in artillery fire in the 1800s. Today, chronograph watches are often used in piloting airplanes and maneuvering submarines.
The analog watch has been utilized widely for several hundred years. The first analog watch dates as far back as the 15th century. The design of the analog watch was taken from the design of the sun dial, an ancient discovery that contained a flat circular or rectangle dial or ‘face’ that used numbers around the dial signifying the sun’s positioning to determine time of day. The analog watch is the type of wristwatch that contains hands moving around a clock face with markings of 1 through 12 to signify hours of the day. The hands of an analog watch include the hour hand and minute hand moving in a continuous motion as time progresses. Some analog watches also include a second hand to keep even more precise time.
The digital watch shows time of day as numerals that can be glanced at to learn the time. Digital watches allow users to know the time instantly, eliminating the need to ‘tell time’ by looking at the hour and minute hands moving around a clock face. The numbers on a digital watch usually are shown as a ‘seven-segment indicator.’ This means that they use a display device that utilizes decimal numbers rather than a dot matrix display.
Take a look at the watch you’re wearing today. Is it something you just threw on at the last minute to help keep you from getting to appointments on time? Or is it a watch that more appropriately represents your personality and your approach to life? Your watch may tell accurate time, but if it doesn’t say something about the kind of man you are, you may want to consider an upgrade. And if you’ve got an old watch that you just can’t part with but is no longer keeping precise time, Citizen Watch Repair offers a new, more convenient method of getting it fixed. Citizen’s Swiss-trained watchmakers are experts in their craft, and all their work is backed by a one-year warranty.