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Gears Of Time

May 12, 2008
Watches are one of the most important inventions in history. Below are certain facts and information about these mechanical wonders, as well as brands and types of watches that will suit your lifestyle.

Watches are considered necessities in our daily lives. These little clockwork wonders enable a person to know the proper time of the day. However, in buying a watch, the user must define whether the watch is suitable for his or her daily use. Doing so will prevent a waste of money, as well as maximizing the use of all the features of the watch.

A watch is a miniature version of the standard clock. While a clock is often bulky and is not easy to carry around, a watch is very portable and handy device that doesn't need much minding. The watch is able to tell a person the current measure of seconds, minutes, and hours, anytime he/she wishes. The term "watch" is often used to mean the common wristwatch, a type of timepiece that can be worn on the user's wrist. Another type of watch, the pocket watch, had been widely used until World War I. A pocket watch is mainly a timepiece with a folding metal cover, and is usually attached to a metal watch chain, or a watch fob (an ornament attached to chain or leather strap, that aids the user in removing the watch from the pocket).

There are many types of watches available for different types of use. These kinds of watches correspond with the lifestyle the person lives and the kind of activities he or she engages in as well as his or her preferences
Analog watches are those with the traditional watch face that display two moving hands that show the current time. A short hand tells the current hour, while a longer hand displays the current minute. Most analog watches now sport a third hand, displaying how many seconds have passed (this hand ticks in a continuous sweeping motion). Vintage and collectible watches are often the analog type, perfect for users who want a classy watch for fashion purposes, with no other feature than to tell time.

Digital watches display the time in numerals, either in 12 or 24 hour format. These types often use a light emitting diode (LCD) screen. The numbers are usually dark colored, in contrast to a much lighter background. Today, digital watches are becoming more and more popular because the numbers are easy to read.

Quartz watches are those that use a quartz crystal. This works because the crystal constantly vibrates at a stable and constant frequency, and the time is based on those vibrations. These watches are also popular dues to the fact that they need little or no maintenance at all.

Sport watches are those that are made of sturdy material and are often shockproof and waterproof. Aside from the usual time telling features of the regular watch and the usual analog or digital display, sport watches provide extra features that are tailor made for whatever activity the user engages in. One type is the diver's watch, with a more watertight feature up to 50-100m.

Consumers can also take into consideration the additional features that may be available on a watch, such as a calendar, a stopwatch, countdown timers, and alarms. Some watches also have indigo lights, which light up the display when it is dark. Recent technological developments have also made upgrades possible on specialty watches. For example, the new models of diver's watches can make it to up to 200m.

These are only a few guides on how to carefully choose and review whether a watch can fit your everyday life. Choosing the right timepiece can be easy on the pocket, as well, as provide you with the features you need.
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