What components make a watch?

Like the human body, a watch is made up of intricate parts and features, all of which must be handled with extreme care. Unless you are a qualified watch expert, we would not recommend opening up your watch at home for repairs or cleaning. Think about it, you wouldn’t carry out open heart surgery in your living room, right?

The following list, while not far-reaching, will cover the basic watch parts and features:

Case – are usually made from stainless steel as it’s a resilient and durable material that can withstand the test of time and damage. The case is responsible for holding together all of the watch's components from its dial to its battery. Nowadays, cases come in a variety of colours and finishes, including matte, smooth or polished.

Glass – Protect the dial! The glass, also known as the crystal, is what protects the internal of the watch from water and damage on a daily basis. Without glass, watches would be prone to everything from spilled water to an unexpected blizzard while commuting to work. However, you may be surprised to learn that there was a time when watches did not feature glass protection.

Dial – Similarly known as the face, and for a worthy reason, the dial is what pulls you in to begin with. From textiles, colours and diamond accents to materials and unique number styles, the dial is the most visually significant and appealing part of a watch.

Crown – The small knob on the side of your watch that you use to adjust the time and date.

Buckle – Fundamentally, it's a belt buckle for your watch. It’s the metal piece at the end of one strap that connects it with the other strap, keeping your watch snug on your wrist.

Strap – Attached to the case by lugs, the strap is the part of a watch that enables you to wear it in the first place. Whether it comes in genuine leather, reptile or crocodile print, mesh, rubber or chain, the straps have a major responsibility when it comes to the watch.

Hands – The most important part of the watch which tell us what the time is. Without them, a watch wouldn’t be a watch! Whether they are solid coloured or luminous, a watch’s hands have the crucial job of making sure that we always know what time it is.

Now, you are officially a beginner in all things there is to know about watches. A small but simple list that will help you recognise the parts of your next watch or allow you to impress a watch know-it-all.