WATCH GLOSSARY

Aperture

The small “window” on a watch dial that displays information such as the day, date, and moon-phase.

Atmosphere (ATM)

The indication of the water resistance of the watch. One atmosphere equals ten meters. Water watches are designed for up to 100 meters of water resistance and all of our watches are engineered to prevent water damage in everyday situations.

3 ATM (30 Meters)—Hand washing, rain, light shower

5 ATM (50 Meters)—Shower/bath

10 ATM (100 Meters)—Water sports, Swimming

20 ATM (200 Meters)—Snorkeling

Water Proof Watches at 3 ATM

Water Proof Watches at 5 ATM

Water Proof Watches at 10 ATM

Beck

A small river. Beck also refers to a series of watches produced by Water Watch Company featuring domed sapphire crystal and a sunburst blue dial. Beck series watches are the world’s first and only timepieces to house the Miyota Cal. 0T50 movement.

Bezel

The (usually metal) ring around the top glass crystal of the watch that holds the crystal in its place.

Calder

A name of Scottish origin meaning rough waters; stream. Calder also refers to a silver case and silver band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Case

A container that houses and protects the watch movement and dial. Cases come in many shapes such as round, square, tank, carre, oval, rectangular, and tonneau.

Complication

Any function that exists in addition to telling time on a watch. Examples of watch complications may be a chronograph, calendar or moon-phase display.

Channel

The deeper part of a river, harbor, or strait. Channel also refers to a series of watches produced by Water Watch Company featuring, sapphire crystal and Swiss Super-Luminova®.

Crown

A button on the edge of the watch case which can be pulled to set the time, day, date or wind the watch (if mechanical).

Crystal

The transparent glass on the top of the watch that protects the dial. The crystal is typically made of Sapphire, Mineral, or Acrylic.

Dial

Also known as the face, is the visual medium through with information is displayed on the watch. It is a plate, typically made of ceramic, metal or porcelain, that carries the hours, minutes and/or seconds indications.

Dover

A name of Celtic origin meaning ‘the waters’. Dover also refers to a silver case and brown band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces. 

Exhibition Case Back

A see-through case back of a watch meant to display the mechanics of an automatic movement.

Hands

The moving indicators on the watch dial controlled by the movement which indicate the hour minute or second.

Harbor

A place on the coast where vessels may find shelter, especially one protected from rough water. Harbor also refers to a series of minimalist design watches produced by Water Watch Company featuring sapphire coated crystal and a unique crown placement at 4 o’clock.

Helium Escape Valve

A valve mechanism in a dive watch that automatically allows built up helium molecules causing pressure, to leave the watch during decompression (while diving).

Hour Marker

The indicator of the hour which is applied or painted on the dial.

Jewels

Rubies or Sapphires which act as bearings on the movement to reduce friction in a mechanical watch.

Jordan

A name of Hebrew origin meaning to flow or descend. Jordan also refers to a silver case and tan band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces. 

Kenn

A name of Welsh origin meaning bright water. Kenn also refers to a gold case and gold band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces. 

Kai

A name of Hawaiian origin meaning sea. Kai also refers to a rose gold case and tan band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Leven

A name of Scottish origin meaning place of the flood. Leven also refers to a gold case and tan band in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Lugs

Projections on the top and bottom of the watch case that allow the straps or bracelet to be connected to the watch case.

Luminosity

Also called "lume" refers to the photoluminescent coating on the indices and/or hands of the watch which illuminate the dial in dark situations.

Lynn

A name of Gaelic origin meaning lake, waterfall, or pool. Lynn also refers to a gold case and brown band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces. 

Marin

A name of Latin origin meaning of the sea. Marin also refers to a silver case and nato strap combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces. 

Mica

A name of Hebrew origin meaning brook; stream. Mica also refers to a silver case and silver band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces. 

Moon-phase

A watch complication that tracks the lunar cycle, reflecting what phase the moon is in as it is seen in the sky.

Morgan

A name of Welsh origin meaning sea-born or sea-circle. Morgan also refers to a rose gold case and rose gold band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Movement

Also referred to as “caliber” is the engine of a watch that acts as the powerhouse to make its functions operate. Types include manual, quartz and automatic movements.

Power Reserve

The available energy stored in a watch's mainspring when referring to mechanical watches.

Pusher

The button(s) located on the edge of the watch case which control functions like a chronograph.

Ren

A name of Japanese origin meaning water lily; lotus. Ren also refers to a gold case and black band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Ross

A name of Scottish origin meaning peninsula. Ross also refers to a rose gold case and black band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Rotor

The rotor, attached to the movement, rotates and winds the mainspring to store power in an automatic watch.

Sapphire Crystal

Also known as Sapphire glass is a form of aluminum oxide used to top a watch case and protect the dial. Sapphire crystal is known for its scratch resistance and its durability as the only crystal harder is Diamond.

Straps

Or bands, are the leather or rubber strips of material that hold the watch securely to the wrist. They must be non-metal to be considered “straps”.

Subdial

A smaller dial placed inside of the main dial to display additional information such as seconds or a moon-phase.

Thames

The River Thames (/'TEMZ/) flows through southern England including London. Thames also refers to a rose gold case and brown band combination in regards to Water Watch Company timepieces.

Tourbillion

A mechanism found in some mechanical watches where the balance wheel and escapement exist in a rotating cage, counteracting the adverse effects created by gravity when the watch is in certain positions, helping to eliminate errors in accuracy.

Vegetable Tanned Leather

An eco-friendly method of tanning leather hides using natural materials like tree bark as opposed to chrome which is used in chrome tanning.

Water Resistant

An indication that the watch is at very least, humidity resistant. See the term “Atmosphere” for an explanation of how water resistance is rated in watches.