The Three-Finger Rule

Rolex Jubilee BraceletDid you know that you can tell a lot about your watch by just three fingers? You can. I’ve actually touched on this subject before on my other site, Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer, about if you need too.

The three-finger rule, which I made up by the way, is to see if your bracelet is in good shape or not. Now, I didn’t make up the way to see if your watch bracelet is in good shape, but I did make up the name, the three-finger rule.


Watch Anatomy – Watch Movement

watch movementWithout movement you are standing still. In fact, without movement everything is standing still.  The same goes for watch movement. This is what makes the watch go.  All the parts that are inside the watch case work together in unison to make the hands of the watch turn around so you can tell what time the time is, which also turns the day and date function over and also keeps all the other watch complications working correctly.

Although there can be many parts to the watch movement and many different types of movements, I am going to just focus on the basic types and parts that as a collector you will run into the most often, and I am only going to go into detail about the different types of watch movements that as a watch buyer I will be dealing with most!


Watch Anatomy: Rolex Bracelets

Rolex BraceletsWatch anatomy can be a general topic, but I know that there are plenty of watch aficionados and collectors that are specific about what brands they want to know about, so I am going to talk about Rolex bracelets today.

The Rolex bracelets are very distinct and if you are thinking of becoming a collector of this prestigious brand, then it is important that you be able to recognize the different aspects of the models so you can tell the real from the fake, as well as the year the watch you are looking at was produced and the actual worth.


Watch Anatomy: Straps, Bracelets & Buckles

Watch Bracelet Watch AnatomyAfter our Oscar respite from watch anatomy, it is time to continue our quest of the different parts of a watch.  Today we are going to talk about the watch straps, watch bracelets and watch buckles.  You might be thinking that a watch strap and a watch bracelet are the same thing, but they actually are not.

Before I get into the differences though, this is an important part of the watch anatomy because this is what keeps the watch on your wrist. Of course, I know you already know that, but for those that don’t, I thought I would mention it just in case!

Panerai Watch Crown

Watch Anatomy – The Watch Crown

Panerai Watch CrownI have always thought of myself as the King of my Castle, wearing the crown in my house, but the truth is, it has always been my wife who has worn the crown in my family.  She is the Queen of my world, my home, my life and lucky for me, the Queen of me.  Yeah, I’m whipped, and I’m not afraid to admit it.  But this is not the type of crown of that I am talking about.  This crown you don’t wear on your head, but on your wrist.  Well, on your watch, which is on your wrist.

The watch crown commands just as much power as the crown that you wear on your head.  The watch crown controls the movement of the watch, just like the crown of royalty controls and commands respect of the subjects.  Every watch has a crown.

Rolex Datejust with Diamond Markers

Watch Anatomy – The Watch Face

Rolex Datejust with Diamond MarkersAnother piece that fits into the watch case is the watch face.  Now, you all aren’t dumb, so I don’t need to tell you that the watch hands point to the numbers on the watch face and this is how you tell the time.  And, because I have the smartest readers out there, I also don’t need to tell you that the day or date feature, if the watch has one, would be located somewhere on the watch face.

I also don’t think I have to say that the watch face sits under the crystal so it can remain pristine, and that it can be easily damaged by water or dust and that it is a very delicate part of the watch, right? I didn’t think I needed to tell any of you that, so I am going to talk about the different types of faces there are.

Panerai Watch

Watch Anatomy: The Watch Crystal

Panerai Watch CrystalThe watch crystal is the clear covering that sits over the watch face.  It houses the watch hands and usually the edges are covered by the bezel.  The crystal will more often than not fit inside the watch case, although this doesn’t mean that the case or bezel is holding down the crystal.

What’s important about the watch crystal is that it is a hard surface and that is fairly resistant to scratches, although it can scratch, chip and get scuffed over time.  Also, it is important that the crystal is secure because it protects the face of the watch from water and dirt and other environmental influences that your watch can come in contact with.

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.