What Can Your Watch Do?

What Can Your Watch Do?

Gone are the days when watches purely tell the time. These days you can have the world on your wrist with no end of functions to fit with your lifestyle and make your life easier and more convenient. 

Types of watch functions:

There are two types of multifunctional watches. The first group are watches that have their functions built into the watch, the others are smartwatches which connect to an external device such as a phone which work in tandem with the device usually via Bluetooth to offer a range of additional functions. Choosing which what best suits your needs depends on the features that you need weighed up against the watches battery life and its complexity.

Watch functions explained:

There are many features that your watch can offer from a simple date and chronograph, to in-depth sleep analysis, heartrate tracking, moonphase and GPS.

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm O22010382003001


They say that once you've had a date on your watch, you wont be able to live without it. The date is displayed through a window in the dial.

Baume & Mercier Riviera 33mm Automatic Watch 10676
Tissot Heritage Visodate Automatic Watch T0194301103100


This is the addition of the day of the week displayed on the dial. 

TAG Heuer Carrera 41mm 100m Day Date Automatic Watch WBN2013.FC6503
Longines. THE LONGINES MASTER COLLECTION. 40mm Annual Calendar Automatic Watch L29104926

Perpetual Calendar

Most date features work on a rolling 31 day date wheel. If the month has less than 31 days then the wearer will have to manually change it. A perpetual calendar take into account the days in the month and even correlates with leap years. This can be built into the movement of the watch or be radio controlled. 

Citizen Eco-Drive World Perpetual A-T Men's Watch CB0253-19A
Breitling Superocean Heritage BO1 Chronograph 44mm Watch AB0162161C1A1


This is a common feature on many sportier watches and acts as a stopwatch. The measured time is usually displayed on a smaller sub-dial. The chronograph will not interfere with the time on the watch. 

Tissot PRS 516 Chronograph Quartz Watch T1316173605200
Zenith Elite Moonphase 28'000 VpH - Luxury Men's Watch 03.3100.692/03.C923


For lunar lovers, you can have a feature on your watch that shows the earth side sunlit portion of the moon. A celestial watch feature. 

Longines. THE LONGINES MASTER COLLECTION. 34mm Moonphase Automatic Watch L24094872
Bremont Broadsword Bronze Chronometer Automatic Watch BZ-BROADSWORD/SOTEK


On some watches, the hand that ticks seconds is not attached to the centre of the dial with the other hands but has its own smaller sub-dial. 

Michael Kors Lexington 45mm Quartz Watch MK8947
Bremont WR-22 Williams Racing Automatic Watch WR-22-SS-B


A tachymeter is a scale around the dial on a watch and is used to calculate speed based on time travelled over a fixed distance. 

TAG Heuer Formula 1 43mm 200m Chronograph Quartz Watch CAZ101AG.BA0842