Although smart phones that have timers, clocks and other features that are traditionally found in watches have started to replace watches, digital & classic watches found in Tesco and other retail stores still have a place in the world. The classic mens watches out on the market are generally fairly priced and come with exceptional features that make them good investments. This makes watches great feature rich accessories that can add a touch of class and great functionality to any ensemble.
Digital watches are making a comeback. Even excluding smart watches, digital watches come packed with useful features. Timers, alarms and tracking multiple time zones are fairly standard features. Advanced features may include barometers and weather alarms, altimeter to measure how high above sea level you are and heartbeat monitors. Modern smart watches are small computers strapped to your wrist, boasting music, Bluetooth support, health monitors and so much more. Prices can range quite high, but standard functionality exists in base models as well.
Power requirements for digital watches are something to consider as well. Most take batteries, either replaceable or rechargeable. Smart watches, with their increased functionality, have higher power requirements and most models need recharging daily or more often when being used heavily. Older model digital watches can expect their battery to last for months or years with normal use.
Traditional watches are a mainstay of style and as such, the aesthetics and brand name are as important as their functions. At the core, the watch must keep accurate time and these types of mechanical watches use either a mechanical spring that needs to be wound periodically, or quartz crystal that uses electronic movements. Features of these mechanical watches might include multiple faces that track time zones, built in stop watches and other meters that can be used reliably from mechanical power.
Some very key features of traditional watches are their power source. Some use a main spring that must be wound daily or sometimes weekly. The slow release of tension from this spring is what powers the watch. A variation on this power source is the automatic watch that uses the motion of the wearer to automatically wind the main spring. If the watch lays stationary then the watch will wind down. Quartz watches use an electrical system to keep time and as such can be built as solar powered, using A photovoltaic cell to power the watch. mechanical watches can also rely on battery power, similar to a digital watch. With analog watches, there are many options.
Whether looking for a functional and elegant traditional watch or a feature rich digital watch, there is something for every need and want when you go watch shopping. Timekeeping coupled with things like time zone and weather tracking powered by batteries, the sun or something as ingenious as the motion of your body are all available. Watches have come a long way since their humble beginnings and its safe to say they will continue progressing far into the future.