What the? The Top 7 Most Confusing Words in the Watch World

January 11, 2018 2 Comments

What are the parts that make up a watch?

Watches can be confusing. When I first started to get into them, really trying to understand what makes a watch great and not-so-great, I admit that the terminology was rather dizzying. 

It’s not just me. In some of our conversations with customers, they too expressed exasperation over the jargon. One person told me that they would have to look up every word to know what they mean and then still wouldn’t be sure they have enough information to make a purchase.  It’s like a whole new language!

And when you’re a self-professed watch nerd like me, once you learn the language, it’s easy to become comfortable and forget that other people aren’t along for the ride.

I wanted to help clear the air. To create this post, I polled a bunch of people in the broader watch community and asked them about the words that they themselves find confusing or terms they note many watch newbies regularly ask about.  

Here are the Top 7 Words of the Watch World that beg for clarification:

  1. What’s a “Movement” in a watch?
  2. What’s a “Mechanical Watch?”
  3. What’s an “Automatic Watch?”
  4. What’s a “Quartz Watch?”
  5. What are “Jewels” in a watch?
  6. What is “Water Resistance?”
  7. Do I have to “Service” a watch?

What about you? Are there other terms that you find confusing? 

We'll add links to each of the above as we publish the articles. Stay tuned!


2 Responses

James Reeves
James Reeves

February 01, 2018

Hi Robert, this is a great question (sorry for the delay, since we’re new, we’re getting used to how our web site platform shows comments).

Two answers: First, it depends on your personal budget really, but I understand that’s not the most helpful answer. Second, it’s probably about understanding whether you’re getting ripped off or not. It’s kind of like buying a car, you pay for what you get (the brand, the add-ons, the materials)… but you still have to be careful of sales tactics, too. Quartz watches are cheaper, so paying a lot of money for them is a hard pill for me to swallow. For those, I would stay below $600 for sure and you can get much cheaper. Mechanical watches are more of an investment because they’re higher quality and more like “art.” They’re a refined statement; they’re about more than just telling time. I would look at $750 and above for those.

Robert Swanagan
Robert Swanagan

January 14, 2018

How do you know what is a reasonable amount to pay for a watch?

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