Watch Functions Revealed: Five Key Points to Deciphering Complications from dtertz's blog

Don't worry if you can't read the functions on your watch! Below I will introduce you to 5 important points to help you better understand the functions of your watch.

1. Dynamic Reserve Display

In addition to the calendar display, the dynamic reserve display is probably the function with the highest rate of appearance in the dial.TUDOR Royal M28323-0001 Dynamic reserve display generally only appears in mechanical watches, and it is rare to see dynamic reserve display in quartz watches. This is because it represents how long the movement can still power the watch, and once the hand goes to zero, the movement needs to be wound up to provide power. Quartz watches, on the other hand, are powered by batteries and don't need to be wound up, so the dynamic reserve display is mostly found in mechanical watches.

Take this Orient Star as an example, located in the inner bezel scale 60 position, showing 0 to 40 scale fan-shaped subdial is the dynamic reserve display.TUDOR Black Bay 39 M79660-0001 This indicates that the watch can provide 40 hours of power to the watch when it is wound. But not all watches are 40 hours of power, need to be recognized according to the different models of the movement to identify, usually 40, 50, 72 and so on.

2. Moon Phase Display

The moon phase display is one of the most romantic of all watch functions. The moon was one of the objects of worship of the ancients and the first human guide to measure time,TUDOR Glamour Double Date M57103-0005 and it controls the tides of the oceans. For the watch industry, the moon phase display is not a complicated feature among many others, but there are not many brands that can play with it. The Orient Star Moonphase is the only moonphase among all Japanese watches.

The sub-dial located directly underneath the dial is the moon phase display. the numbers from 1 to 31 represent the calendar, and the moon phase display will rotate with the different moon phases of each month, presenting the shape corresponding to them. We can enjoy the moon on our wrist.

3、Perpetual Calendar

Perpetual calendar watches are actually an exaggerated Chinese term, but the British are even more exaggerated and call them "perpetual calendars". The purpose of the perpetual calendar watch is to provide the user with the most accurate world time, which is one of the three major complications of traditional watchmaking, and it can calculate the complexity of the calendar in the big and small months, leap years and so on in a clear way.

Perpetual calendar watches have similar displays on their faces, most of which have month and leap year displays that are not found on regular watches, and less commonly, year displays. If you want to talk about the complexity of the movement of the perpetual calendar, you can only say that you will know when you look at the dial.

4. World Time

The watch with world time function is very suitable for friends who often travel and work abroad. Of course, such a demand can also be satisfied on watches with dual time function, but there is a certain difference between the two.

World time is the display of 24 time zones on a single disk, which can be synchronized with the local time with only a simple manual adjustment. This watch is a 24-hour display in the dial, the edge of the dial for the names of different countries in the world, as long as according to the time zones of different countries to mobilize the pointer can display the time of the local country.

5. Dual Time

Dual time is located in the center of the dial hand to indicate the time of the second time zone, this hand can be adjusted to the hour as a scale without affecting the operation of the minute hand and other instructions. The luminescent green hand of the Orient Star below is a dual time hand. Since dual time is also known as GMT watches, we can also distinguish between world time and dual time by the GMT inscription on the dial. In comparison, the world time function is more complicated than the dual time.

There is a wide range of watch functions, some people love the simplicity of the models, while others are addicted to the complexity of the complicated movements, which is perhaps the charm of the watches.


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