There are two kinds of watches: analogue and digital. Analogue watches are those that tell the time with the hour hand, minute hand and others with the second hand. They point to the hour and minute represented by numbers or even roman numerals. Other watches show the date and day. Digital watches, on the other hand, have LCD or LED faces that tell the hour, minute and sometimes second with numbers. It is easier to tell time with a digital watch because you only have to read the numbers flashed on the face. With an analogue watch, you still have to translate the hour and minute.
Analogues use mechanical mechanisms to indicate the time. We call it the hand indication type. Digitals, however, make use of electrical components to tell the time. We call it the number display type.
The wristwatch that we know today first came out in the latter part of the 19th century but did not gain traction until after World War I. Soldiers used wristwatches issued to them by the government. The first wristwatches were pocket watches connected to a strap on the wrist. The digital watch came about in the 20th century. Throughout the years and with the rapid developments in technology, the simple digital watch is now one of the most multi-functional personal items you can ever own.
Analogues only tell the time, and sometimes the date and day. Older digitals also only tell the time and sometimes the date. But the latest digital watches, now known as smart watches, went above and beyond telling time. Much like a cell phone, you can use a smartwatch to count your steps, play music, connect to your phone, monitor your heart rate, play games, surf the Internet and even take pictures. Technology has enabled watchmakers to innovate the simple digital watch into a technologically advanced personal computer.
Analogues and digitals have their own suitable purposes. We consider analogues to be classic pieces, with metal or Omega leather straps. You can wear them with formal wear and for formal events. They can also cross over to less formal occasions. Digitals, on the other hand, are for more laidback situations, such as everyday wear and casual events that do not require formal outfits, sports and workouts and the like.
Prices for these kinds of watches vary depending on several factors: materials used, brand and functionality. Analogue watches may only tell the time and nothing else, but some of them are far more expensive than digital watches that moonlight as personal computers. That is because classic analogue watches are handmade and require more human hours to finish. Digital watches are machine-made, and these machines can make more watches than the handmade analogue process.
Although you may choose one over the other, why not have the best of both worlds and own one of each? You will always find a suitable occasion for each of these two types. Each of them has their own qualities and appeal, and you can wear either of them depending on your mood, outfit and the occasion.