How to Read a Watch the Right Way

A watch is an essential piece of jewelry, which you wear to tell the time. While some may argue that there are few useful things one can learn from a watch, for many people, it’s more about the style of watch they have. A nice wristwatch can also be a status symbol, an accessory to their lifestyle, or even a part of their wardrobe. Here’s our guide on how to read a watch!

What is a Watch?

A watch is a wristwatch with a small metal case that is worn on the wrist. Early watches had no face, and were made out of wood, ivory, or other heavy materials. Watches evolved into more complicated devices as technology developed and people became more interested in time-keeping devices. Watches generally use quartz crystal oscillators to keep track of the time and may be powered by either batteries or an electric generator.

What to Look for in a Watch?

A watch is a timepiece intended to be worn by a person. It consists of at least one dial with hands that indicate the current time by showing the hour, minute and second. Watches often display the day, date, month and year too. Wristwatches are designed for wearing on a wrist or attached to clothing. Pocket watches are designed to be carried in a pocket with other items such as keys and coins. Usually only the stem or strap moves. If you wear a watch that is not waterproof, ensure it has been rhodium plated or gold coated to prevent corrosion of sensitive parts within the watch!

Types of Watches

Analog Watches are watches that are powered by a mainspring, which is wound up by the wearer with the movement of their wrist. Digital Watches are watches that have no moving parts and rely on an electronic system to tell time. There are many different brands of analog watches. The most popular types of digital watches are smart watches with apps for smartphones, activity trackers with health monitoring capabilities, and fitness trackers with heart rate monitors. Automatic Watches are mechanical watches that works by a small amount of mainsprings being held back with a stopping mechanism, and then going forwards again on the release of this device. This is often achieved through use of a balance wheel or hairspring to power a mainspring back into position using gravity as there is no winding system inside the movement itself.

Watches with Interchangeable Straps

Some watches today now come with interchangeable straps like British watches. These timepieces can be easily changed from one type to another, such as for those who like to change their strap every day, or those who like different colors.

Watches with Date Function

Watches with a date function are very helpful when you want to track the time in your day. Many watches have a digital display that can show the current date, and some even have a calendar that shows the date of each month. The displays may be analog or digital, depending on what style of watch you want. Watches for everyday use may come with many functions like timer, stopwatch, alarm clock, and/or calendar functions.

Watches with World Time Function

Watches that can tell you the local and/or home country times, if they include it in their package, are very useful while traveling abroad or to visit other countries where there is no 24 hour standard time system yet established. The display window of many models has multiple language encoding options allowing user to clearly read both translations at the same time, which is good for those who want to set their clocks in another country without forgetting to adjust them back at home.


Watch is a good device for telling time, but not all watches are the same. To get the most out of your watch, you must learn how to read it properly. When you know how to read a watch, you can get the most out of it and save money on repairs.

Bill Sutton
How to Read a Watch the Right Way