Balance Spring

Also referred to as a “hair spring” because of its thinness, the balance spring swings the balance wheel back and forth to regulate accurate time in a mechanical watch.
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Screw Down Crown

The crowns used for Shinola watches physically screw into the watch case in order to improve the atmospheric seal.
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Balance Wheel

Similar to a pendulum, the balance wheel in a mechanical watch oscillates at a steady pace to divide and regulate time in even units. The balance wheel is moved by the mainspring at its center, and drives the escapement.
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The cylinder that holds the watches mainspring. The barrel uses a toothed rim to drive the train. Some watches feature double barrels to maximize power reserves.
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The ring (often made of steel) that encircles the watch face and secures the crystal to the watch. Some bezels provide additional function. See “Turning Top-ring Bezel.”
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Bi-Directional Rotating Bezel

The ring that surrounds the watch dial, often referred to as a “rotating bezel,” a bi-directional rotationg bezel is turned clockwise or counter clockwise to track elapsed time and to make mathematical calculations.
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A metal watchband with removable links for sizing.
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Mounts fixed to the main plate that form the frame of the watch movement.
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The calendar is a complication that shows the date, and sometimes the days and months the year. Less common perpetual calendars account for varying month lengths and leap year cycles.
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Sometimes spelled “calibre,” a caliber is a letter and number combination code that typically denotes the manufacturer and movement type of a watch.
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Sometimes referred to as the “body” of the watch, the case, typically made of metal, houses all the mechanical and display components.
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The reverse side of a watch case that lies against the skin. Affixed to the case back with four rivets, the iconic Shinola case back plate displays manufacturing information, such as a laser-etched serial number.
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A line on the dial of an analog watch that marks the hour in place of numbers.
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A ruby or synthetic ruby that acts as a bearing to reduce friction and maintain the accuracy of a watch. Jewels surround the tips of the gears to keep them separated from components such as bridges and plates.
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Part of the watch case to which watch straps and bracelets attach.
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Main Plate

The primary component to which all other movement components are attached. Also referred to as the “base plate.”
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Housed in the barrel, the mainspring is a coiled spring that, when wound, stores energy and drives the gear train of a watch.
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Moon Phase

A complication that tracks lunar phases over the course of a month, from waxing to full to waning. Displayed by a lunar disc in the dial that moves through its cycle every 29.5 days.
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The interior of a freshwater mollusk shell, often used on watch dials and jewelry for its luster and creamy iridescent white, blue and pink colors.
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The movement is the inner motor of the watch that moves the hands and date. Movement types include mechanical automatic, mechanical manual-wind and quartz. Shinola Argonite quartz movements are hand assembled with Swiss parts in Detroit.
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The button that operates mechanisms such as chronograph stopwatch function.
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Quartz Crystal

A small piece of synthetic quartz that oscillates at 32,768 times a second, providing a reliable beat that can be turned into electrical impulses via circuitry to provide a highly accurate mechanical pulse to drive timekeeping devices.
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Quartz Movement

A watch movement in which a battery passes an electric current though a quartz crystal to keep it oscillating. In turn, electrical pulses derived from those oscillations drive the motor that moves the watches hands, keeping precise time.
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Rose Gold

Rose or pink gold is a softer hued gold. The color is achieved through higher concentrations of copper in the alloy, and is popular in Europe and in retro-styled watches.
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A watch with stopwatch function to measure elapsed time while continuing to display conventional time, often using independent subdials operated by start, stop and reset push-pieces.
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A complication is any watch feature that indicates more than the basic time, such as dates, chronographs, moon dials, etc.
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The knob on the outside of the watch for setting the time and date, and, in some cases, for winding the mainspring. Many Shinola watches feature a screw-down for added water resistance.
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The protective, transparent cover that sits over the watch dial, protecting the watch from external elements. All Shinola watches feature premium, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, as opposed to glass, acrylic, plastic or quartz.
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Day/Date Watch

A watch with a complication that displays both the day of the week and the day of the month.
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Deployant Buckle

A buckle, typically part of a metal bracelet, that opens and clasps shut on hinges. Sometimes referred to as a “foldover buckle” or “deployment clasp,” a deployant buckle is designed to slide simply onto the wrist when open, and to secure the watch to the wrist when closed.
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The dial, or the watch “face,” features the numbers, indices and markers that indicate time based on the position of the hands.
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Dual Timer

A watch that simultaneously measures time in more than one time zone, via either extra hands or subdials. Dual timer watches are often used by frequent world travelers.
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The "face", or the watch dial, features the numbers, indices and markers that indicate time based on the position of the hands.
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The gasket resists against water by sealing the caseback, crystal and crown.
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Gear Train

A watch’s gear system that transfers power from a mainspring in a mechanical movement, or battery in a quartz movement, to the hands.
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Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

The international time standard measured at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. In watchmaking, GMT refers to timepieces that feature a 24-hour dial and display multiple time zones. GMT watches are often used by pilots and associated with those who travel.
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The science of measuring time, including watchmaking and clock making.
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Rotating Bezel

The ring that surrounds the watch dial, often referred to as a “rotating bezel,” is turned clockwise or counter clockwise to track elapsed time and to make mathematical calculations.
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Sapphire Crystal

The transparent, shatter- and scratch-resistant cover of the watch dial. Made of synthetic sapphire, the hard crystal protects the watch.
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Shock Resistance

The ability of a wristwatch to withstand the impact of being dropped onto a wood floor from the height of three feet, as defined by U.S. government regulations.
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Shock Absorber

A small incabloc spring that secures the balance staff jewel and prevents the staff from breaking.
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Stainless Steel

A durable, polishable metal alloy that is resistant to rust and corrosion. Often used in watchmaking for its strength and appearance.
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Stepping Motor

The stepping motor in quartz movement moves the gear train, which turns the watches hands.
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Super LumiNova™

A brand name for the pigments that create the afterglow for illuminating watch hands, dials and bezels in the dark, using strontium aluminate-based non-radioactive and non-toxic photoluminescent pigments. The result is a far greater brightness than older zinc sulfide-based technology.
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Stronger and lighter than steel, titanium is particularly useful in watchmaking due to its resistance to saltwater corrosion, its appearance and its hypoallergenic qualities.
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Turning Top-Ring Bezel

The ring that surrounds the watch dial, often referred to as a “rotating bezel,” a turning top-ring bezel is turned clockwise or counter clockwise to track elapsed time and to make mathematical calculations.
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Water Resistance

The degree to which a wristwatch can, to a limited extent, withstand exposure to moisture and submersion in water, as measured by atmospheres (one atmosphere equals ten meters). All Shinola watches are five ATMs minimum, meaning they are water resistant in up to 165 feet of water.
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Shinola Exclusive

Items that are only available on and in our retail locations.
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Tachymetric Scale

A scale used to compute a speed based on travel time or measure distance based on speed.
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The Runwell 47mm

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Built to last, and named accordingly, a timepiece built for life from the finest components available in the world. Features of The Runwell include a sapphire crystal, Super-LumiNova printed dial details, and a solid stainless steel case with screw down crown. Two hands and remote second hand sweep are driven by Shinola's Argonite 1069 high-accuracy quartz movement. From the laser-etched case back to the etched lightning bolt on the buckle, every detail of The Runwell has been engineered with an obsessive focus to ensure the highest possible quality.

  • Case Stainless steel, with double curve sapphire crystal.
  • Dial Super-LumiNova hands, Arabic numerals and hour markers.
  • Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds.
  • Movement Argonite 1069 movement. 46 piece quartz movement made with Swiss and other imported parts.
  • Watch Strap Premium American-manufactured leather, made by Hadley-Roma with American Leather.
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