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Watches have evolved far beyond mere timekeeping devices to become symbols of style, status, and technological ingenuity. The luxury watch industry offers a variety of watch types to meet diverse needs and preferences, from diving and dress watches to sport, luxury, and pilot's watches. Additionally, understanding the differences between mechanical, automatic, and quartz watch movements can help you choose the perfect timepiece.

Watch Types & Styles, Explained

Watches have long been more than mere timekeepers; they are symbols of style, status and technological genius. Over the years, the luxury watch industry has evolved to cater to diverse needs and preferences, resulting in a variety of watch types, each designed for specific purposes and occasions. In this guide, discover the main styles of watches, including diving watches, dress watches, sport watches, luxury watches and pilot's watches. Additionally, explore the differences between mechanical, automatic and quartz watch movements. Take a look at the unique features of each watch type to help determine what watch type is right for you.

Diving Watches

Also known as dive watches, these are designed for underwater use. These watches are built to withstand the high pressure of deep-sea diving and are typically water-resistant to significant depths, often up to 200 meters or more. Diving watches are renowned for their reliability and performance under extreme conditions. Key characteristics of diving watches include:

  • Rotating bezel used to track dive time.
  • Luminous markers that ensure visibility in low-light, underwater conditions.
  • Sturdy construction to resist corrosion.

Dress Watches

These are elegant timepieces designed for formal occasions. Classic dress watches exude timeless elegance and refinement, emphasizing simplicity and sophistication, and typically featuring:

  • A slim profile to fit comfortably under a dress shirt cuff.
  • Clean, minimalist dials with few complications (features).
  • Crafted from high-quality materials like precious metals, gemstones and leather straps.

Sport Watches

Versatile timepieces designed for active lifestyles and outdoor activities. Iconic sport watches are known for their robust performance and stylish looks. They combine durability with various functionalities, such as:

  • Chronograph function for timing events.
  • Tachymeter for measuring speed.
  • Made from robust, durable materials for shock-resistant and water-resistant designs.

Luxury Watches

Representing the pinnacle of watchmaking, luxury watches combine exquisite craftsmanship with the finest materials. Brands like Grand Seiko are synonymous with luxury, producing some of the most sought-after timepieces in the world. These watches often feature:

  • Complex movements, including tourbillons, perpetual calendars and minute repeaters.
  • Made from premium materials like diamonds, gold and high-end alloys.
  • Exclusive designs, with limited editions and unique aesthetics.

Pilot's Watches

Originally designed for aviators, this watch style provides legibility and functionality. This unique type of watch offers features that cater to the needs of pilots and frequent travelers. Key characteristics include:

  • Large dials, making it easy to read at a glance.
  • High-contrast markers for visibility in various lighting conditions.
  • Additional features, such as GMT functions for tracking multiple time zones.

Watch Movements

Beyond style, understanding different types of watch movements is crucial for any watch enthusiast. The movement is the heart of the watch, driving its timekeeping functions. There are three primary types of movements: mechanical, automatic and quartz.


Movement is powered by a mainspring, which must be wound manually. These watches are prized for their craftsmanship and complexity. Key aspects include:

  • Requires regular manual winding by turning the crown.
  • Precision engineering, composed of hundreds of tiny parts working in harmony.
  • Often considered the purest form of watchmaking.


Also called “self-winding,” this type of watch technology relies on the motion of the wearer’s wrist to wind itself. Features include:

  • A rotating weight mechanism that winds the mainspring as the watch moves.
  • Power reserve, allowing the watch to run for a short period (usually 40-80 hours) without being worn.
  • Requires periodic servicing to maintain accuracy.


The timepiece’s movements are powered by a battery and regulated by a quartz crystal, which oscillates to keep precise time. Key benefits include:

  • Extremely precise, with minimal deviation over time.
  • Fewer moving parts mean less need for regular servicing.
  • Generally less expensive to produce and purchase.

Find the Perfect Timepiece at Thomas Markle Jewelers

Whether you’re diving to great depths, engaging in athletic pursuits or enjoying the luxury of high-end craftsmanship, there is a watch in our collection to accompany you on your journey. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice enthusiast, our knowledgeable team can help you find the perfect timepiece.

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