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Alarm: The watch alerts you with beeps at a pre-set time.

Analogue – digital display: A watch that shows the time by means of hour and minute hands (analogue display) as well as by numbers (a digital display).

Analogue: A watch that shows the time using hour and minute hands.

Anti-magnetic: The movement of a mechanical watch can be thrown off balance if it comes in contact with a strong magnetic field; Magnetism is common in loudspeakers, televisions, refrigerators, cars, etc. etc. and these days most watches claim to be anti-magnetic. This is achieved by using alloys for certain parts, among them the balance wheel and escape wheel. Electronic watches are not susceptible to magnetism.

Automatic winding: (or self-winding) This term refers to a watch with a mechanical movement (as opposed to a quartz or electrical movement). The watch is wound by the motion of the wearer’s arm rather than through turning the winding stem. A rotor that turns in response to motion winds the watch’s mainspring. If an automatic watch is not worn for a day or two, it will wind down and need to be wound by hand to get it started again.

Anti Magnetic: A type of watch mechanism shielded against string magnetic fields to maintain accuracy.

Applique: The fixing of numerals and other features to the face of a watch.

Aperture: An opening in the face of a watch to enable display of information such as date, day and moon phase.

Anti reflection: A treatment often applied, particularly to sapphire crystal watch glass, which reduces reflections and makes the watch easier to read.

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