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Watch Glossary

At Mimi’s On Main, we want to be your best source for watch information as well. Because of that, we’ve decided to create a glossary of the various watch terms that are in existence, at least what we know, here you go!

Bracelet –  Bracelet is a metal link watch band. Similar to a jewelry bracelet, may have a clasp to open it. A Strap is a watch band made of cloth, rubber, leather or other non-metal material. 

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Chronograph

Though a chronometer may sound similar to a chronograph, they are actually quite a bit different. In short, a chronograph is a fancy word for a stopwatch or timer! A stop watch usually has three pushers, start, stop and reset. It’s important to take note that when the chronograph feature of the watch is in use it does not interfere with the functionality of the watch. The Fossil Crewmaster Sport Chronograph would fall under that litmus test.

 Chronometer

Well, a chronometer is defined as an instrument for measuring time, especially one designed to keep accurate time in spite of motion or variations in temperature, humidity, and air pressure. Historically, because of the accuracy requirements with regards to widely changing spectrums in environmental conditions, chronometers were first developed for marine navigation.

Not only is a chronometer used as a time piece, a chronometers timepiece functionality is used in conjunction with astronomical observation to determine longitude. In Switzerland only timepieces certified by the Controle Official Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) may use the word Chronometer on the watch. A chronometer can be a chronograph, though not the other was around. Make sense?

Mechanical movements

A mechanical watch is a wristwatch which makes use of a mechanism to measure the passage of your time, instead of today’s quartz watches which successively function electronically. A common mechanical watch these days are watches that are automatic. Automatic mechanical watches like the Invicta Pro Diver Stainless Steel Automatic Watch are driven by the kinetic movement of the wearer.

 

Pusher – A watch pusher (also called a push piece or button) is used to activate an internal function in a watch, typically a chronograph. Most watches use a crown to control timekeeping functions, but many other complications are activated by other means. In chronograph watches, a “pusher” is the most common control mechanism.

Quartz

A quartz based watch is a watch which puts to use an electronic oscillator that is regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time.

 

Strap – A watch strap, watch band, or watch bracelet is a strap or bracelet that holds a wrist watch to the wrist. Watch straps may be made of leather, plastic, rubber, cloth, or metal, sometimes in combination.