A wristwatch is a classic accessory which has withstood the test of time and for good reason. Wristwatches can be incredibly functional and practical, as they don’t just tell the time – they can perform a number of brilliant functions as well, depending on the type of wristwatch you choose. And speaking of type, there are plenty out there – there are diver’s watches, field watches, aviator watches, and so on. So, when you are thinking of buying a wristwatch, which type or kind should you go for, and which one should you select based on your need and preference? In other words, what kind of watch should you buy? Here’s a look at the different types of wristwatches available to help you narrow down your choice.
- A field watch
A field watch is an iconic timepiece, and it’s a practical wristwatch if there ever was one. In World War I, soldiers were still carrying watches in their pockets. But this was encumbering because conditions were muddy and cold, and soldiers were usually wrapped up in loads of clothing to protect them against inclement weather. But they still needed to tell time accurately. As a solution, soldiers began fitting straps onto their pocket watches so they could attach them to their wrists. And when they went home, they continued using their watches this way until watchmakers began to make watches with straps expressly for use by the military. During the Second World War, field watches became a standard. Today, field watches come with some varied features. They often have an analogue display, although their functionality doesn’t go much beyond timekeeping. They also come in small to medium sizes to prevent them from catching on a person’s cuffs, and they are known for their durability and simplicity, with easy-to-read dials as well. They also feature inexpensive straps made from nylon or cloth, such as the popular NATO strap available on certain Burberry watches for men which keeps the wristwatch from falling even if a particular lug gets loose or breaks. Field watches are also water-resistant, and they also feature luminous dials.
- A dive watch
A dive watch is also referred to as a diver’s watch or a diving watch, and it is an easily recognisable kind of watch as well. The first dive watch was developed to address a certain need, which was for the watch to be worn by scuba and deep-sea divers. A dive watch is distinguishable due to its durability and ability to withstand rough wear and tear, and it can also serve as a great timepiece even if you are underwater. Dive watches often have a heavy stainless-steel case, and the display is quite simple. The hands of a dive watch are usually designed so that you can easily distinguish the minutes, hours, and seconds, and the numerals or marks are also large and distinct. The bezel of the dive watch can also either be turned anti-clockwise or locked in. Dive watches are known for their easy adjustability, and they can come with cloth straps, rubber straps, or stainless-steel bracelets.
- A dress watch
A dress watch, just as its name implies, is ideal for more formal events and occasions. You can wear a dress watch to impress others with your status and style as well. Dress watches are usually sleek and thin, and they are also quite lightweight and elegant. A dress watch doesn’t have too many functions as it serves more as a fashion accessory, and most dress watches don’t even come with a second hand.
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