Description of Watch Styles

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    Description of Watch Styles

    What makes a certain style in a wrist watch? Where can I see the little design elements that make up a style and all the different kinds?


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    Re: Description of Watch Styles

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    What makes a certain style in a wrist watch? Where can I see the little design elements that make up a style and all the different kinds?


    thanks-Dave
    It's not really one of those things that's formulaic, to my knowledge -- its rather like clothes and fashion: the philosophy is usually from some line in history. For example, an enduring fashion is coats with a military theme which have loops on the shoulders for fastening a haversack. Watches typically fall into categories of dress/heritage, fashion, or sport/military.

    The latter is probably the one that is discussed most on WUS, and you can see various watches with maritime, military, aviation, racing, diving etc heritages. Dive watches are probably the most obvious, characterized by screw-down crowns and rotating bezels used for timing dives. Pilot watches will require exceptional legibility, luminosity, and are often characterized with a triangle at the 12 position. Some maritime watches draw inspiration from the marine chronometers used for navigation on ships.







    Is this kind of what you were angling for?
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    Re: Description of Watch Styles

    yes, exactly, thanks. I would like to learn more like that.

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    Re: Description of Watch Styles

    Railroad pocketwatches were very carefully designed to conform with various regulations. A railroad "style" watch should have large, black arabic numerals on a white dial.

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    Not sure if it's a recognized genre, but I'm quite fond of what I'd call 'Racing watches' with chrono's and tachymeters. The Rolex Daytona style watch.

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    Re: Description of Watch Styles

    If you check through our theme forums here on WUS you'll find certain broad categories of watches. There are Dive, Pilot/Military, and Vintage to name just 3. Look at the pictures you'll find in each forum and you'll soon see what distinguishes each type. There are also Chronographs which are common in the TAG Heuer forum just to name one brand of many. Dress watches is another broad category. Major manufacturers like Rolex, Omega, Longines make all categories of watches.
    Spluurfg has provided 3 fine examples of a dive, pilot's and dress style watch.

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    Not sure if this is exactly what you're after but these two are both variations on a theme. The Tourby (closest to cam in the first pic) is a homage to the classic 'B-Uhr' WWII pilot's watch, an iconic German design. It has the classic inverted triangle at 12 to aid orientation in the dimly lit confines of an aircraft, very clear and fully lumed numerals and hands. A simple, uncluttered, 'working' design.



    Next to it is arguably the ultimate evolution of the pilot watch, the Breitling B-1. A much fussier dial, but retaining large lumed index numbers at 12, 3, 6, 9 and well lumed hands. Around the edge is the Navitimer style circular slide rule for aviation calculations (however practical in the cockpit that may or may not be!) and the addition of the LCD screens gives you a stopwatch, countdown timer, two independent alarms, three extra time zones and Night Vision compatable backlighting.



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