Parts of a Watch
For a woman, a wristwatch is mostly about telling time and looking good. Beyond the watch’s primary function, a woman wants an accessory that looks beautiful on her wrist. For a man, a watch carries slightly more social significance. It has to look good, and it needs to work well, but a man also might think of his wristwatch as a status symbol. The more expensive it looks, and the more bells and whistles it has, the better. The basic parts of men’s watches, though, are pretty much the same.
The face, or dial, of the watch is the part you look at to see the time. On men’s watches, the face is slightly bigger than those worn by women. The hands are the small pieces of metal that mark the time on an analog watch. The small hand marks the hour, while the large one indicates the minute. A thinner, rapidly moving piece of metal is the second hand. The clear material that protects the face is called the crystal, but it is typically made of one of three materials: synthetic sapphire and mineral crystal, both of which are scratch resistant but easily shattered; or plexiglass, which resists breaking but scratches easily.
The case is the part of the watch that protects the working mechanisms and is pretty much the same on women‘s watches as it is on men‘s. On a non-digital watch, a piece called a crown is attached so that the watch may be wound and the time set. On some watches, the crown also is used to set the calendar.
Inside, watches look similar, no matter for which gender they are designed. The main parts of all simple watches include a mainspring for power; a hairspring and balance wheel that work together to mark the time; an escapement; a gear train and dial train to transmit the power to the hands and move them; and a winding stem, or in self-winding watches, an oscillating weight.
Like the faces, the bands on men’s watches are usually bigger than women’s watches, both in circumference and in the width of the straps or links themselves. Links usually are made of pieces of connected metal, while straps can be crafted of leather, cloth or plastic. The wristband is attached to each side of the case with a slender metal rod called a bar or lug. The clasp fastens the two parts of the band together to keep it in place.
Reference: (Originally presented on eHow)