As a continuation of this topic which we began in April 2020, we find more and more fascinating types of watches created for various uses especially tied to different professions and their work routines. The timepieces that have been created in their respective categories are meant specifically to assist the wearer in his tasks but the use of these watches are definitely not limited to them. One will surely be able to appreciate the functions and features of these watches especially if he has a keen interest in horology as well as the history of mankind.
(Photo: Boldr Expedition Rushmore)
- Field – a field watch or a military watch was originally created to be worn by soldiers in action. As they were first worn during World War I, they also carried the name, trench watches. Normally the modern versions of these watches have a case diameter of up to 40mm. They have a clean and legible dial that tells only the time. A field watch allows a soldier to quickly check the time and is a no-fuss timepiece that is easy to synchronize with their team mates out on the field.
(Photo: Zeppelin 7546-1)
- GMT/Timezone – there are a few types of watches that allow a traveller to quickly set the time or check the time when he moves across different time zones. Normally a watch like this is able to show two or three different time zones to the wearer at a glance. A much beloved watch for those who have much business on the go, such watches does this with more than one form. For this category, there is the GMT watch with the prominent extra GMT hour hand and the World timer which is a watch that can show the various time zones of the globe. There is also the dual time and UTC watches which are more or less similar to the GMT watch.
- Railroad – during the times when the train was the dominant form of transport, railroad station masters and staff members required a watch that worked at a high level of accuracy in order to ensure the punctual running of trains to their destinations. The railroad watch was made to fit the bill and these watches typically had a pristine white dial to allow for quick faultless reading of the time. Originally in pocket watch form, such watches have been adapted into the wristwatch and the styling of the railroad watch remains popular to this day thanks to its truly functional form.
(Photo: Choisi 1929 Docteurgraph)
- Medical – a medical or doctor’s watch normally has chronograph functionality. That means the watch would have a stopwatch with which to calculate the heart rate of a patient. The watch does this with a special scale on the outer ring of the dial. The doctor uses this scale (called a pulsometer scale) alongside the chronograph function of the watch to time the heart rate of a patient.
Of course this list is far from exhaustive. The fascinating world of watches yield many types of watches and, while some categories are rarer than others, more often than not, attempting to list down all the types of watches that have been created may bring one to discover another type of watch! We hope you are able to find joy in each and every type of watch that has been created as they definitely bring our imaginations into different journeys as we handle these watches.