Why do people wear watches

 Why do people wear watches


From the start of the 16th century up to the 19th century, a pocket watch weaved itself into everyday life as a portable device that could tell the time. They weren’t that popular in the early times due to lack of modernization but after the world of commerce introduced watches to the people through the great exhibition, watches became an important accessory that symbolizes wealth in the upper class.

After the world war followed the great depression that left people economically unstable to the extent where even food was difficult to find let alone posh things like watches. So, pocket watches went out of fashion and everyday life only to return in the form of a bracelet on people’s wrists.

Watches on the wrist were considered women’s fashion and were disregarded as a trend by most people till they become obsolete. As watches in the earlier times were considered an essential tool that helped people keep track of time since mobile phones were not that common.

But now a watches hold different values due to their style, build, and look. They are not only functional as a time-telling device but are useful as an accessory to look professional.

To make it easy for you, we have listed down all of the reasons why do people wear watches.


1. Convenient Accessory


Wearing a watch makes people look more disciplined and convey their priorities straight. Regardless of style people who wear watches seem more reliable and punctual as they value time’s dependence.


In early times watches were considered a feminine accessory, now it is mostly worn by men to express their personality and sense of style. It helps people save time from unnecessary distractions which are mostly find in our phones.


2. Simplicity through Watch Signal


Watches are made of mechanically complex technology that can be trusted more than smartphones. They can keep track of your heart rate, breathing, sleep, weather and so much more. Depending upon the design, the wristwatch can be worn by people either on their right or left hand.


Since the right side of the brain is associated with feminine behavior and involves creative functioning along with heightening emotions so people who possess these qualities can be seen wearing their watch on their right hand. Wearing a watch on the right hand also shows indifferent thinking and practicality which is a common trait found in women.


3. Relationship with Time through Style


Where technology has made our life easier, it has also limited our time through technical intricacies. Wristwatches now measure time through a sub-dial that serves as a reminder of time’s limitedness.


The importance of time and people’s productivity vary on which hand they are wearing the watch, if you are a right-handed person, then chances are you will be wearing your watch on your left hand to prevent it from any damage and have easy access.


Women tend to wear the watch on their left hand due to the general rule of thumb. Some people might wear their watch on the left side because the left side of their brain might be dominant.


Even though the left side is considered more ‘masculine’ but it isn’t restricted to any gender. It is said that people who wear their watch on the left hand think more logically and have a good spatial ability whereas people who wear it on their right hand are considered more practical.


4. Professional Look as a Habit


Watches can be a source of power symbol for people especially men who crave control over everything. An expensive watch can signal power through wealth if you wish to intimidate your colleagues. 


But it is hard to develop a habit that isn’t present. Wearing a watch requires persistence as it may cause discomfort to some people who aren’t used to having something around their wrist whether it is tight or loose.


Since wristwatches are known as status symbols and can lead to a professional impression so it is important to know the value of watches.


5. Hereditary Investment


Watches can hold century-old stories that can be passed down on to generations and gain emotional value.


Vintage watches are not only full of sentiments but are also a source of investment that can benefit you in the future.  


You will not only appreciate the manufacturer’s work of art but also sell it in time of need. The intricate and mechanical build of the watch cog tells time through the dial that can serve as a source of language, communicating the time’s ability to regard itself as a functional work of craftsmanship under a brand or design.



6. Reminder of Reliability


Wristwatches are battery operated which makes them so durable. A s a mechanical malfunction can happen at any time but a dead battery can be replaced instantly. Depending upon certain jobs the functioning of a watch differs such as a diver’s watch can measure depth and oxygen levels.


Even the style of wearing wristwatches is different depend upon people like military and special forces wear watch upside down as it is easier to read time while holding a gun. Wearing the wristwatch upside down can reduce glare and help you read the time easily.


7. Internal Parts of a Wrist Watch

A wristwatch building requires a strong understanding of the mechanics that can achieve the structure of such a scale. Since watches can serve as a reminder of time and your passion for shared opportunities you must know about the complex yet work of art watches functioning properly.

A mechanical watch consists of 130 components to display not only the time but also show the day of the week and month. It also chimes and have astronomic indications known as a grand complication to showtime.

The main parts of a wristwatch that create ‘movement’ within:

  • Mainspring, which provides power to the watch
  • The balance wheel and Hairspring oscillate to mark the division of time
  • Escapement distribute the impulse from the oscillator
  • Gear Train transmits the power overall
  • Winding Stem is present in self-winding watches or manually wounded watches
  • Dial Train activates the hands in the watch


Balance Spring (Hairspring)

Known as a hairspring, balance spring is responsible for time regulation by swinging back and forth. It is thin and delicate like a hair strand and coils and recoils with the time regulation accuracy.


1. Barrel


The barrel lies within the mainspring and generates power throughout the watch. Some watches have a double barrel providing twice the amount of power to help the watch function properly.


2. Balance Wheel


Connected to the hairspring in the internal part of the watch, a balance wheel sways and divides time into equal segments to show accurate time.


3. Base Plate


The base plate is also known as the main plate that supports each component of the watch to create synchronized movement.


4. Caliber


The hand movement of the watch created by the manufacturer is known as caliber.


4. Bridge


Placed on the base plate, the bridge frames the formation of the watch and helps create a movement that holds other parts.


5. Escapement


An escapement maintains the motion that swings the balance wheel and revolves around the hands.


6. Geneva Seal


It isn’t a physical part of the watch but a stamp on the watch movement that is the seal awarded to the manufacturer by Genève’s independent bureau. The seal is earned when a watch passes through 12 different tests to check its quality, material, and overall finish.



7. Gasket


Installed around the case at the back, crown, and crystal of the watch is a small ring that airs tight seal the watch to prevent it from rusting, dirt or dust. A gasket is made of a rubber ring and it is water-resistant that should be checked every few years.


7. Incabloc


An incabloc is a mechanical part that prevents damage to the sensitive parts of the watch and protects it from fall.


8. Tourbillon


The balance wheel and escapement mount rotating in the cage form a tourbillon to prevent errors in the arm rotation once every minute. Some tourbillon takes four to six rotations to see through the errors as horologists know that complicated movements can cause discrepancies.


9. Shock Absorber


A shock absorber in a watch pacifies the shock and vibrations to balance the staff. It also prevents the movement from damage and allows the smooth function of the watch.


10. Mainspring


It coils and unwinds to power the gear making movement in the watch.


11. Repeater


A repeater is like a gong that strikes hourly or minutes wise and it is being activated by the button on the side of the watch.


12. Rotor


A rotor swings the mainspring as the wear moves to create synchronization.


13. Jewel


A synthetic gemstone is used inside the dial to reduce friction on the gear to maintain time’s accuracy and increase the longevity of the watch.


A watch involves several components which are assembled to create an impeccable timepiece. If you understand the basic elements of a watch and its function, then you will be able to figure out minor issues in your watch and avoid expensive trips to the repair shop.

Watches have been around for a decade and have been accessorized as an essential piece to look professional for both men and women. There is a wide range of watches from mechanical to digital that can serve your passion for luxury commodities easily.

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