Watch Complications Are Features Other Than Hours And Minutes

What Are Watch Complications

Complications in their simplest form are any features a watch has in addition to the time, and that includes the most basic of additions such as a Date window, yep, that’s right, the Date window is a complication.


So what complications should you have on a watch and how do you know what’s available and how to use them, if ever? It’s a really personal thing and you only need to think about all the features you have for free on your smart phone to know having complications on a watch isn’t about the practicality, because the likely hood of getting much use out of them is limited at best, unless you are using it as part of your work or hobby.

When you’re buying a watch and thinking of complications the best thing to do is list all the complications and select those that might interest you. Then you need to start asking questions about like how will they affect the cost of the piece, if you can ask someone with knowledge this will make life easier for you, so research your functions and make a list of questions to ask your retailer or blog writer.

There are a few too many complications to list in this space but for more information on features like moon phases, alarms, power reserve indicators, and tachymeter download my luxury watches 101 to get a feel for the possible complications you’re going to come up against

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What I can say without fear of contradiction is the Chronograph is one of the most popular and most common of additions, you will probably have noticed many watches with additional sub dial on their face? These are Chronographs or stop-watches mainly used in motor sport. Another popular feature added to entry level luxury timepieces is the GNT that provides an alternative time zone by the use of a fourth hand. As you can see, all these and many more features are available to you on your smartphone, but a watch is more than the sum of its parts, it’s a work of art and a status symbol of prestige, and perhaps the only expensive piece of jewellery a man will every wear apart from a wedding band.

While it’s true that many features are, for the most part, more for show, it’s certainly worth considering features that could be useful to you in your everyday life, if you travel a lot, multiple time zones, or at least a second time zone is a nice idea, after all, your smartphone should be switch off during flights right?

Perhaps you run competitively as a professional or a hobby? Would a Chronograph be useful to you? A watch with a chronograph function would suit. A chronograph is essentially a stopwatch and will allow you to measure your times. Probably the most obvious feature and one that’s used everywhere on a daily basis is the Diver Watch water resistance rating. For anyone working or playing in or around water, this is a perfect example of a functional complication.

If you enjoy diving or water skiing you are probably aware of the water resistance rating chart, but if not, it’s probably going to surprise you.

When you first see a water resistance rating you can be forgiven for taking the rating literally and by that I mean, if the rating says 100 m or 333 ft that suggest the watch is good to go down to the depth of 100 meters but it’s not that clear cut. In reality, the rating is worked out in such a way that it really doesn’t bear any resemblance the real world numbers.Instead, you need to be aware of the true meanings of the water resist rate.

Let’s look at the list to get a clear view or what the numbers really mean

30 metres = Splash-proof (rain)
50 meters = Light swimming (surface swimming)
100 meters = Snorkelling (surface diving)
200 metres = Scuba diving ()
300 meters and up = Professional diving

Note: water-resistant seals need to be reproofed every one to two years, depending on usage.

The Take-Away

Hopefully, you’ve downloaded my luxury watches 101 outlining most of the common complications you’re going to come across. This should give you a good start when it comes to choosing which features to include in your perfect watch. If you have any questions please drop me a line and I’ll get an answer back to you sharpish.

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