If you are going to be become a watch collector of any kind, you need to understand and know watch anatomy to fully appreciate the beauty of the watches you are wearing, collecting and owning. The watch has many moving parts, and the first moving part we actually see are the watch hands. But for those that are horologists, or watchmakers, these parts are second nature, but for those of us that are on a journey of learning, I want to make this a fun process.
There is such an overwhelming amount of watch anatomy to learn that I am going to start out simple and then work my way towards the more complex inner workings of the watch. Although I am a watch buyer and collector and have a severe crush on all things watches and especially Rolex, I still have a ton to learn, so I am planning on learning right along with you and hopefully from you as well.
Watch Anatomy – The Practicality of Watch Hands
The watch hands are one of the most important pieces of the anatomy of the watch. Think about it, without the hands, how could we tell what time it was, unless the watch was digital of course, but let’s assume it’s not! So, the watch hands tell us the hour, the second and the minute and on a more complicated watch, they can tell us how fast we have run, how far we have been under water in a dive, how far we driven and many other things.
The hands can be decorative, colored, add some flair to the face of the watch, glow in the dark, be curvy or straight, short or long and can really come in all shapes and sizes. But, there are some typical watch hands that you find on most high and mid end watches.
Watch Anatomy – Different Types of Watch Hands
Remember, there are no set rules when it comes to watch anatomy and the watch hands, as I mentioned above, these are just some examples of the most popular styles. The truth is, pretty much anything can go when it comes to watch hands and it really is a personal preference.