Understanding the Industry Terms of Designer Watches

Understanding the Industry Terms of Designer Watches

No fashion-conscious gent these days should be without a designer watch. Indeed, a stylish timepiece really can help to make the modern man look supremely cool.

However, it is fair to say that buying men’s designer watches isn’t always that straightforward. To be sure, understanding all of the industry terms which are so frequently banded about can often be something of a challenge.

Fortunately, a little scrutiny can soon make these terms far more transparent.


Although this may sound a little bit negative, ‘complication’ is actually anything but. In fact, this term refers to any function of a watch that goes beyond simple timekeeping. Indeed, anything from a calendar to a stopwatch is regarded as being a ‘complication’.


Very simple. Movement simply refers to all the bits and pieces inside a watch which are used to make it operate.


This refers to a movement which is powered by a battery and regulated by the oscillations of a quartz crystal. The main draw of quartz is that it is far more accurate than other watch types.


Also referred to as ‘automatic’; a self-winding watch contains a rotor on a pivot which is mechanically wound by the day-to-day movements of the wearer’s wrist.


It is not safe to assume that every watch with ‘water-resistant’ printed on it is safe to wear when swimming or showering. That being said, designer watches for men that are water-resistant up to one hundred metres are normally OK.