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Watches have evolved over the centuries and have become almost a necessity.

The Many Types of Watches

Watches have evolved over the centuries and have become almost a necessity.

Watches have evolved over the centuries and have become almost a necessity. There are many types of watches, all with different functions. If you are looking for a watch, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your budget is important here. The amount you can spend on a watch will determine what type of watch and what features or functions it may have.

An analog clock is a clock that has hands. There may or may not be a second hand. The second hand moves in a continuous sweeping motion. Some second hands will move at two-second intervals to indicate that the batteries need to be replaced. Digital clocks have the time shown in numbers.

Digital watches are very popular. An LCD clock uses a liquid crystal display to show the time. The numbers are usually gray or black on a lighter background. An LED watch uses a diode that emanates light. There is usually a button to press to display the time. The numbers on the screen are red.

A quartz watch is also very popular on the market today and is battery powered. A tiny quartz crystal in the watch vibrates at a very stable frequency. This keeps time in place of the traditional mechanical movement.

Other watches include a mechanical watch. It operates with the movement of a set of gears. A spring inside the watch is wound to drive the gears. A jewel watch uses gems such as rubies at the friction points within the movement.

A diver's watch is water resistant to a depth of fifty to one hundred meters and is marked on the dial. Instead of the usual push / pull crown, a diver's watch has a screw-down crown. This creates a better tight seal. The band is made of rubber or similar material because salt water does not cause deterioration.

The functions of the watches include calendars, time zones, stopwatches and alarms. Many have the option of setting standard or military time. Others have indigo lights that when a button is pressed light up and make the numbers more visible. This is especially good in a hospital or nursing home where you need the light to read the second hand while checking the pulses. There are some watches that have removable faceplates so you can make your watch match what you are wearing.

The shape of a watch can be almost any shape, as well as round or rectangular. There are ring watches and pendant watches. Pocket watches are also making a comeback.

Watch straps are as varied in material and design as the watches themselves. There are metal bands that stretch, there are bands made of material similar to backpack straps and that fasten with velcro. There are cloth bands, hemp, metal links, and bands that come in one or two pieces.

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