Watches today not
only tell time, but they can tell you the day, date and time in
other time zones, remind you of an appointment, wake you up and
monitor your heartbeat.
reflect and define the times, from sports chronographs to ultra-thin
dress styles. A watch is an important accessory.
carry the grace and tradition of names recognized around the world
as signifying the highest elegance in jewelry and timepieces.
Fine watches are
designed by artisans and craftspeople who fashion case, bracelet,
dial and sometimes gems into not just a functional timepiece, but a
work of art.
It's a Potential Heirloom
watch can be an investment in beauty and value. Certain gold and
diamond watches, over time, even increase in value. Witness the
prices some prestige timepieces fetch at famous auction houses. And,
it is a lovely remembrance of a loved one.
It's Priced to Fit Your
Whatever your price range, whatever your need,
there's a watch for you. If you enjoy changing your watch to fit
your activity, fashionable less-expensive yet highly accurate
watches are available from your jeweler in a variety of styles and
price ranges. If you’re looking for something simple and inexpensive
or if you desire the most extravagantly designed, precious metal
watch encrusted with gemstones, Medawar Jewelers has the watch for
Mechanicals are the
traditional "wind-up" watches. They work because of a mainspring
inside the watch that the wearer winds by turning the crown on the
side of the watch. The spring gradually unwinds and turns tiny
interlocking wheels, which move the watch hands to measure seconds,
minutes and hours.
self-winding watches wind themselves as the wearer moves their
wrist. The wearer's arm actions cause a weight behind the movement
to rotate, winding the mainspring. They can also be wound
Quartz watches are
powered by batteries rather than a mechanical spring. The batteries
send electronic impulses through a small bar of synthetic quartz
crystal, which vibrates more than 32,000 times per second. Those
vibrations are channeled through a series of gears that result in
one impulse per second.
Analog Vs. Digital
“analog” and “digital” refer to the way time is displayed on the
dial. Analog simply refers to a watch with traditional time-telling
hands. Quartz analogs are watches in which the hands are moved by
the electronic impulses passing from the battery through the quartz
crystal to a step motor that moves the hands. Digital watches
display the time with digits – numbers -instead of hands. The
numerals are created by either light-emitting diodes (LED) or liquid
crystal displays (LCD). Quartz watches are generally more accurate
than mechanical watches, for two reasons. One, mechanical watches
have many moving parts. That means more friction and less accuracy
as the parts interact. Digitals have no moving parts. Two, the
quartz crystal's constant and amazingly frequent vibrations per
second enable watches to measure the second with unprecedented
accuracy. A quartz watch should function properly for years with a
battery life of one to up to five years.
watches perform a variety of tasks. Besides telling the hours,
minutes and seconds, many watches reveal the month, day and year.
Some also give the phases of the moon or the time in other countries
or time zones.
measure small fractions of a second. Some are used to calculate
speeds, distances and altitudes. There are specialized watches for
astronauts, pilots, parachutists and skin divers-even timepieces
that meet the special needs of blind persons. Also, most fine
watches today are specially made to resist water, dust, wind, shock
and magnetic fields.