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Get to Know Your Watch

When you're shopping for the perfect watch, it's great to know the terminology of watch components and features. Here's an overview of watch lingo:

Watch Strap/Bracelet

The watch bracelet you choose sets the stage for your impression. A wide variety of metals, leathers, and synthetic watch materials with varying finishes create a world of fashion looks and durability.

Gold Plating for Watches

For a the expensive-looking appeal of a gold watch—without the price tag—gold plating is an application of gold over another metal to create a gold finish.

Stainless Steel Case and Watch Bracelet

A highly durable and rugged material, stainless steel is extremely popular for watch construction. It wears and lasts well, and is also hypoallergenic.

Titanium Case and Watch Bracelet

Titanium is one of the lightest and strongest metals on earth and is a choice material for watch construction. Like stainless steel, it's also hypoallergenic.

Watch Bezel

This is the round part of the watch that forms a ring around the watch face and holds the crystal in place. The bevel contributes strikingly to the look of your watch design. Some design features have a bevel you can rotate.

Watch Crown

Traditionally called the “winder,” the crown is a tiny cylinder extending at 3:00 that you can pull out and turn to set the time.

Watch Crystal

Constructed from plastic, glass, or synthetic sapphire, the watch crystal sits securely over the watch face to protect it.

Watch Gasket

A watch gasket is just a ring that seals the internal workings for protection from dirt and moisture. It's usually made of rubber or plastic.

Water Resistance in Watches

There are varying levels of water tolerance in watches. A water resistant watch is one that keeps moisture out with ordinary use. To preserve water resistance, protect your watch from extremes in temperature (e.g., a sauna), and from harsh chemicals that can damage the gaskets. Heavily chlorinated water can damage gaskets. You may need to have the watch gasket and seal re-checked from time to time.

Want to wear your watch while swimming? You'll need your watch to be water resistant to 50 meters (165 feet). Additional standards apply to deeper water. For snorkeling, the standard is water-tested to 100 meters (330 feet).For skin-diving: 200 meters (660 feet). Scuba diving calls for ISO standards of 150-200 meters (up to 660 feet).

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