Today I’m going for something rather different to usual and sharing a guest post on something a little more fun and frivolous. Whether a distraction or way to invest in yourself, fashion and accessories can provide a little pick-me-up, and watches are still a much loved item for many – I’d certainly miss watches if technology were to make them redundant! I’ve always wanted a Swatch watch, too, but never have treated myself to one. Perhaps now’s a good excuse… Enjoy the post 🙂
How many people, outside of business men and women, wear watches for more than just an accessory anymore? I don’t. We all run around with our cell phones nowadays, not many actually think about wearing a watch.
Did you know there are about three groups of watches? These groups are: Movement, Display, and Function and style. Each group is made up of at least 3 different styles.
The movement group, or how the pieces move, has a few interesting styles. It has styles such as Quartz, solar, and kinetic.
Quartz watch is made up of the 3 hands and uses sand for accuracy in telling time. It has an inaccuracy of +-10 seconds a month. This is the most common watch on the market. Quartz is usually printed on the front of these watches.
The Solar watch is an ecofriendly watch. This watch converts solar energy into electricity. It can potentially run forever as long as you have solar light. The Eco-Drive brand sells this type of watches.
The kinetic watch is, to me, the most interesting. It is ecofriendly as well since it doesn’t need a battery to run. It just needs the movement you do every day. The kinetic watch turns the movement into electricity to power your watch. A Seiko SUN019 is a type of kinetic watch.
The watch display, or what the watch looks like, is another group in this category. This one has watches like the analog, digital, hybrid and touchscreen.
The analog watches have the numbers 1 thru 12 on them. The face of the clock has the 12 at the top and 6 at the bottom with minute notches between each number. This swatch watch are examples of these.
Have you heard about the smartwatch craze? A digital watch is the easiest watch to tell the time on. It shows you the numbers on the face. You don’t have to read the hands or count by 5’s. It is the cheapest watch on the market. Casio G-Shock is a brand that carries this type of watch.
The hybrid watch has both analog and digital on the face. The analog part is the part that tells the time, while the digital part is the part that gives the extra info such as date, day, and month. The Casio G-Shock GA 100 is an example of a hybrid watch.
The touchscreen watch is the most technology advanced. This watch reacts to your touch as a smartphone would. It is like having an android or iPhone on your wrist. It can do many things, like use GPS to help with fitness. A smartwatch, such as the Apple Watch, is an example of this. These watches generally come with a variety of apps that can come in very useful. Take for example; translation services, calorie counters, currency convertors.
The last group is with function and style. It has types like; dive, Military, aviator, and Atomic Radio controlled watches.
The dive watch is a water-resistant watch. They come with depths like “100 m” or “330 ft” on the dial to let you know how deep into water you can take them. They may be heavy and bulky watches, but they were built for durability and dependability. A Seiko Sumo SBDC033 is an example of a dive watch.
The military watch was developed by army men back in WWI and WWII. It was the start of the wristwatch popularity and made the pocket watch obsolete. The military used them to synchronize their movements. Citizen Eco-Drive BM8475-26E is an example of the military watch.
The aviator watch was invented for the pilots. The watches were invented to help pilots time their flights. The markers are big and bold enough for the pilot to tell time at a glance. The Cartier Santo was the first aviator watch built.
The atomic radio controlled watch is by far the coolest and most disappointing. It picks up radio signals nightly to reset itself every day to the atomic clock. Sadly, the watch’s signal area is limited to certain areas or countries only. The Citizen Blue Angel is an example of the atomic radio controlled watch but it only works in Japan, China, North America, and Europe. Anywhere outside those countries and it’s like any other quartz watch.
[ This is a sponsored guest post and as such the ideas and opinions expressed are of the writer. ]