What is the difference between analog and digital?
An analog watch has a traditional face with hour and minute hands that travel around a circle delimited by 12 digits or Roman numerals to define the 12 hours of the day. Analog watches are classically stylish and especially suited to upscale and formal fashion. Digital watches have an LCD or LED face that displays the time as a sequence of digits. In most cases, digital watches are associated with sports or casual attire, and they are usually quicker to read.
What is a watch crystal?
On a wristwatch or pocket watch, the crystal is the transparent cover over the front of the watch face. Traditional crystals are mineral glass, which is unlikely to scratch but may shatter with sufficient impact. A cheaper alternative is plexiglass, a form of transparent acrylic that is often used on sports watches due to its shatter resistance. A third option is synthetic sapphire, which is expensive, but also highly scratch resistant.
What is the history of wristwatches?
The history of the wristwatch dates back to the 16th century, but they were initially something only women wore because men preferred to carry an attractive pocket watch as a status symbol. This changed in the 19th century when military men started to wear wristwatches because it was more convenient than carrying around a pocket watch and allowed for better synchronization of troops. Officers in the British army were sporting wristwatches as early as the 1880s, and in 1893, the Garstin Company of London filed a patent for a "watch wristlet." The British War Department started issuing wristwatches to soldiers in 1917, and by the end of WWI, most enlisted men had one. Seeing wristwatches on the arms of war heroes dramatically changed public opinion. By the 1930s, wristwatches had become more popular than traditional pocket watches.