A wristwatch speaks volumes about the person wearing it. Just by looking at someone’s watch can tell you a ton of things from his interests to his personality. A great piece on your wrist will surely elicit positive impressions. In contrast, a watch chosen with bad taste will draw awkward stares. Just imagine wearing a Casio G-shock to a party and see how people would react!
Buying a watch is quite easy. Choosing which watch to buy might be anything but easy so here are some tips in choosing the right watch to suit your needs.
The first thing you should always do when deciding what watch to buy is to ask yourself: “What do I really need?” Sure we can choose the most popular or the most affordable but that would be totally missing the point in accessorizing: individuality.
After you have decided whether to get a dress watch or a sports watch (or maybe even both!) the next step is to think of what features are essential to you.
If you want a watch to wear casually for any occasion, a water-resistant watch with a stainless steel bracelet would look classy in everyday activities. Just make sure it doesn’t weigh you down if you’re into more rigorous activities.
Like sports? Perhaps a sporting watch with a stopwatch function would suit you. These watches are called chronographs.
In for a corporate meeting or attending a formal occasion
Pick a classic watch with a timeless design reminiscent of the James Bond favorite, the Rolex Submariner or a two-tone stainless steel and gold piece with a large round face.
Here are some other things to consider when choosing wrist watches:
What kind of maintenance would it require?
A self-winding automatic watch should be serviced every time you experience a significant lag in its timekeeping ability. On the other hand, battery operated quartz watches should be serviced at least every three years in order to keep it in good working condition.
Research on the brands you are interested in, particularly if you are not familiar with the craftsmanship of the brand. It helps to ask people who already own a brand of watch that you are interested in. Keep in mind that the most popular brand isn’t always the best choice. Remember accessorizing is about INDIVIDUALITY.
Another important thing to remember is to TRY IT ON! Most people make the mistake of looking at a watch by laying it on their wrists without testing to see if it fits. Adjust the strap so it fits comfortable. Move your arm vigorously to see if it feels uncomfortable when moving especially when buying sport watches. Make sure the strap doesn’t have sharp ends that might scratch your wrist.
Buy from a trusted dealer. Do not buy from peddlers from sidewalks or from email solicitations. Majority of spam email is about “Getting a Rolex cheap” or similar. These watches are fake and will not be as reliable as their real life counterparts. In fact, some may be scams and leave you with no watch at all!
If you still can’t decide what kind of watch to buy, here are some suggestions according to price point:
- Below $200 – A small budget doesn’t mean you can’t be asked for the time. There are plenty of choices at this price range.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you won’t get a nice watch for under $200.
The Michael Chorus ‘Jet Set’ Sport Watch ($180) looks a lot more expensive than it really is. Its stainless steel bracelet and black dial is reminiscent of a more expensive watch without feeling like a cheap knockoff.
- Around $350 – The watches in this price point prove that you don’t have to drop big bucks to impress.
The Swiss Army Maverick II Alarm watch ($375) looks a lot like the vastly more expensive James Bond watch, the Omega Sea master. Not only does it look good, but you are assured Swiss top quality along with the name.
If you want to keep things simple, The Vestal Plexus watch ($255) is a minimal yet sophisticated looking timepiece. It looks like something designed by Apple which means it would look great especially when holding an I pod.
- Around $500 – There aren’t a lot of choices at this price point but for those who don’t want to be left behind, here are some watches that make you look sharp for the price.
The Victorians Swiss Army Alliance Chronograph ($450) is a sleek looking; two toned Swiss watch which would look just as great with a suit or your simplest jeans and shirt get-up.
For a more formal and classy piece in this price range, the Jacques Le-mans Genitive Tempura Chronograph ($450) looks stunning with its black dial and stainless steel bracelet with gold accents.
- Above $1000 – Anything above $1000 is considered premium – especially for timepieces. Though it is best to take function along with form as this price range is dominated by ‘fashion watches’.
If you are looking for something lasting and is of great quality, this is the price point to be.
The Omega Sea master Professional (around $2000) is the modern ‘Bond Watch’ worn by Pierce Bronson in all of his movies as James Bond. It defines what a man’s watch is supposed to be. For its price, you get the name, the style, the functionality and reliability in one sleek package. It comes in different models and colors as well. However, nothing beats the stainless steel-navy blue combination.
Choosing among fine watches shouldn’t be rocket science. In fact, it is quite easy once you think about what YOU need and what looks good on YOU. There are thousands of watches to choose from different price ranges.
However, do not be swayed into buying counterfeit watches as they do not have the same quality as those they mimic. Go with something that will look good on you and will last for a long, long time. A watch should ALWAYS be reliable and should never weigh you down or make you look bad.