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A watch is a timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person. It is designed to keep working despite the motions caused by the person's activities. A wristwatch is designed to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet. A pocket watch is designed for a person to carry in a pocket. The study of timekeeping is known as horology.
Watches progressed in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks, which appeared as early as the 14th century. During most of its history the watch was a mechanical device, driven by clockwork, powered by winding a mainspring, and keeping time with an oscillating balance wheel. These are called mechanical watches. In the 1960s the electronic quartz watch was invented, which was powered by a battery and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal. By the 1980s the quartz watch had taken over most of the market from the mechanical watch. Historically, this is called the quartz revolution. Developments in the 2010s include smartwatches, which are elaborate computer-like electronic devices designed to be worn on a wrist. They generally incorporate timekeeping functions, but these are only a small subset of the smartwatch's facilities.
In general, modern watches often display the day, date, month and year. For mechanical watches, various extra features called "complications", such as moon-phase displays and the different types of tourbillon, are sometimes included. Most electronic quartz watches, on the other hand, include time-related features such as timers, chronographs and alarm functions. Furthermore, some modern smartwatches even incorporate calculators, GPS and Bluetooth technology or have heart-rate monitoring capabilities, and some of them use radio clock technology to regularly correct the time.
Today, most watches in the market that are inexpensive and medium-priced, used mainly for timekeeping, have quartz movements. However, expensive collectible watches, valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping, often have traditional mechanical movements, even though they are less accurate and more expensive than electronic ones. As of 2018, the most expensive watch ever sold at auction is the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, which is the world's most complicated mechanical watch until 1989, fetching 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11, 2014.
Any watch collectors out there?
3 watches I forgot I kept in storage over all these years.
2 older style fossils. 1 has a large dome magnifying bezel that displays an LCD in bold. The second has a tiny Diamond at the 12 o’clock position.
1 unique Android USA, company no longer in business...
Garmin Tactix Charlie
Saw minor use, I'm just not a smart watch kind of guy.
Has a very tiny knick at the 3 o'clock portion of the bezel. Nothing a dab of sharpie once a month can't handle and hide well. Screen protector was installed on day one.
Update: Watch has been traded and is no...
A thread on watches got me thinking about...watches...and how I've got too many. So, here they are for sale or trade. One like new, one excellent, on well worn...all will need new batteries.
I take cash, greenbacks, Benjis, and 9mm or .308 ammo.
Thanks for looking and, if interested, you know...
I've been wanting to get a solar-powered watch, and have been looking at the Casio Pro Trek line (specifically the Pro Trek PRW2500T Tough Solar Digital Sport Watch). It seems well reviewed, and I like the fact that it has a built in tide graph, since I like to crab.
Anybody here have any...
I have two watches for sale
NWF Regulator 02005, retail $349. Asking $200. Water resistant to 200 M.
Hazard4 Heavy Water Diver Snowfield TI, retails ~$679. Asking $550
Water resistant to 300 M, has tritium inserts.