IWC Round Watch Case

Watch Anatomy: The Watch Case

Example of an Antique Watch CaseYesterday we talked about the watch hands and how important they are when it comes to the watch anatomy, but if you don’t have a watch case, then the hands have no where to rest.  The watch case consists of the bezel, the middle and the back of the watch.  This is where the movement is housed and protected and it can be made of many different types of material.

Over the years, the watch case has been a shape shifter, going from traditional shapes to more contemporary and fluid shapes, where now almost anything goes.  This also stays in line with the materials that are being used for the case.  Traditionally the case is made of stainless steel, but over the years, this has also changed and grown.

Rolex With Stick Watch Hands

Watch Anatomy: The Watch Hands

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.