What to look for when buying a new watch

What to look for when buying a new watch

Buying a watch should be an easy, breezy, fun process. But because there are so many options to choose from these days, the buying process can sometimes be intimidating and even daunting in some cases. So what should you go for when buying a new watch? The gaudy, extravagant and blingy option? Or the understated chrome digital classic?

Much like any commodity that you have to spend money on, buying a watch will require some smarts. Sure, you can walk into your local watch supplier or boutique and purchase any new piece that grabs your attention. However, if you don’t make an informed decision, you might end up losing your head.

Not all watches are created equal. So if you find yourself bewildered and confused about which timepiece to invest in, here is what you should look for when buying a watch for the very first time:

Quartz or mechanical?

When looking for a watch to invest in, one of the first things that you will have to figure out is whether you would like a quartz or mechanical watch. Quartz watches are typically the most affordable variety. They are easy to maintain and run on battery power. Most quartz watches utilize long life lithium batteries but some do have solar powered batteries that are rechargeable.

Mechanical watches, alternatively, tend to cost a little more than the quartz variety. Some mechanical watches must be wound and rest manually but some are automatic. The first wristwatches ever made were mechanical, so if you fancy yourself an old soul, then you cannot go wrong with a mechanical beauty.

Check the watch diameter

The diameter of the watch is one of its most important features. So you want to make sure that you pick a watch whose diameter you are pleased with. That’s why it is always recommended that you try on a watch to see how its diameter fits on your wrist.

Not only will the diameter of the watch impact its aesthetic value and appeal but it will also affect your comfort. Buy one that’s too big and it could dig into your skin, thus making it uncomfortable to wear. Buy one that’s too small and you will be forced to squint just to tell the time- and nobody wants that for you.

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The material it’s made from

Watches come in all sorts of materials, designs and finishes. From stainless steel and ceramic to titanium, gold, and platinum, there is a material and finish for everyone. If you are a little eco-friendlier than most, you can also opt for a wooden watch. Below are some example on the materials of watches used these days. 

Stainless Steel 

Wooden Watch 

Titanium Watch 


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