It's worth looking closely at watches: you might discover gobsmackingly minute mechanics or handy features and functions hiding in plain sight. Because watches were developed over centuries for a range of purposes, many also have vestiges of traits that offer fascinating links to the past — but it's possible to go though life never knowing the reasons behind what's on your wrist.
That would be a shame, though, because these details can deepen your watch-wearing experience and appreciation, and sometimes even prove useful. Why do some watches have a seconds hand that ticks and others have one that sweeps? What does that odd little fifth pocket in your bluejeans have to do with watches? Did you ever notice that some chronograph watches only count up to 45 minutes? Did you ever wonder why?
These questions, mysteries and more are the focus of our series Further Details, which examines overlooked product elements of all kinds. Here we've collected all such content related to watches, so you can dig in to the stories that show how timepieces are so much more than mere time-tellers or fashion accessories.
How to Spot a Mechanical Watch from Across a Room
It's all in the seconds hand.
Does Your Chronograph Watch Have This Mysterious Feature?
And what on earth is a 45-minute counter used for?
A Word to the Wise Before Posting Your Watch Pictures Online
Keeping your watch's serial number private is probably a good idea. Here's why.
Why Your Watch's Seconds Hand Is More Important Than You Thought
The ability to stop the seconds hand of a watch has a critical purpose.
Get More from Your Watch When Traveling with This Special Kind of Bezel
The 12-hour bezel provides a stupidly simple way to track a second time zone without shelling out for a dedicated travel watch.
Why Does the Popular NATO Watch Strap Have This Mysterious Feature?
We took a deeper look at NATO straps to find out exactly why these fun and affordable watch accessories are designed the way they are.
Think You Know What That Small Pocket on Your Jeans Is For? You’re Probably Wrong
The jeans you’re wearing right now have a curious feature you might have wondered about.
Why Does Your Rolex Dive Watch Have a Hole in Its Side? We Found Out
Like a screen door on a submarine, you wouldn’t think a hole in the side of your dive watch would be a good idea.