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Okay, over the last few days my watch fancy has blossomed into a full blown addiction. I'm the sort that has to know everything about a subject once I'm interested in it. Just ask my wife, I've got a room full of tube amps....but that's another story.

Anyhow, does anyone know of a good site that has a watch FAQ that gives a good basic rundown of all the jargon I see bandied about here. For example, what does it mean if a watch has 26 jewels? Does that mean there are 26 diamonds on it? What's the difference between the crown, the face, the bezel, the dial etc? I need to know these things so I can be part of the club. :biggrin:

Thanks in advance.
 

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Okay, over the last few days my watch fancy has blossomed into a full blown addiction. I'm the sort that has to know everything about a subject once I'm interested in it. Just ask my wife, I've got a room full of tube amps....but that's another story.

Anyhow, does anyone know of a good site that has a watch FAQ that gives a good basic rundown of all the jargon I see bandied about here. For example, what does it mean if a watch has 26 jewels? Does that mean there are 26 diamonds on it? What's the difference between the crown, the face, the bezel, the dial etc? I need to know these things so I can be part of the club. :biggrin:

Thanks in advance.
The jewels are placed in areas of the movement where normally metal would be rubbing together. It eliminates the wear on the moving metal parts. The crown is the part of the watch that you pull out to set the time or date. The bezel is the ring around the face and it usually has numbers on it, the face being the area where you see the hands that tell the time. The dial and face are one and the same. I don't know of any specific sites but I'm sure if you Google it you will find something.
 

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The jewels are placed in areas of the movement where normally metal would be rubbing together. It eliminates the wear on the moving metal parts. The crown is the part of the watch that you pull out to set the time or date. The bezel is the ring around the face and it usually has numbers on it, the face being the area where you see the hands that tell the time. The dial and face are one and the same. I don't know of any specific sites but I'm sure if you Google it you will find something.
It's all ball bearings nowadays.

 

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Per jewels: Usually, it's rubies - hence the term "jewels."

More jewels DO NOT mean a better quality movement. There are wonderful movements with 17 jewels, 21 jewels that are far more accurate an reliable than 25, 26 jewel movements. And I have a Chinese movement with 35 jewels - which is not of the highest quality.

I highly recommend buying the 2008 Wristwatch Annual, which has a great glossary as well as pix and histories of top brands.
 

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Agreed. The best way to learn anything is to immerse yourself in it. Read our posts and do some searching and you'll be a watch geek in no time!
 

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This url might get deleted as it points to a Invicata purchasing source that is not a sponsor of this forum, however it's pointing to a 'watch education' page that I certainly found useful and may be of help. If it does get the chop, I'll IM it to you.

Hope it helps!

Sorry, not a sponsor site. AutoMovt

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