Getting started on buying watches can be an overwhelming task. But, despite it being overwhelming, it can also be fun and enjoyable. However, it is a task one must not take lightly because the kind of lifestyle you lead and your tastes will play key roles in deciding the watch you want to purchase.
Before purchasing, read below these six (6) things you should consider.
1. Watch type
The watch type you choose can affect your aesthetic. More importantly, the watch type you choose can also be determined by your lifestyle and purpose. Digital watches are more straightforward in their appearance in function. They have big numbers across the face, similar to clocks on phones.
In contrast, analog watches have clock hands. In addition, they sport Roman numerals or digits around the outer part of the watch.
The majority of sports watches possess a digital interface. Luxury watches, in comparison, sport analog faces. In addition, luxury watches predict and interpret time less accurately than their cheaper counterparts. However, digital watches are harder to use.
A good brand you can buy luxury watches from is Seiko PH. Seiko develops and releases high-quality watches using the latest and leading-edge technology.
Watches come in diverse designs. Aside from serving as a timepiece that can help you keep track of time, watches are fashionable and functional trinkets that can be styled with different outfits and accessories.
Generally, watches fall into four (4) categories. These categories are sport, luxury, vintage, and lastly, casual.
It also depends on which watch style you wish to wear. For a business and formal event, a luxury watch is a no-brainer. For every day, a casual digital watch fares well. You may need a watch that can handle water well if you are a diver.
Certain watch features benefit you – and your lifestyle. For example, a stopwatch can benefit those active in the gym. Meanwhile, a sound alarm can be helpful if you like putting your phone away whenever you nap or sleep. Finally, for swimmers and surfers, a water resistance feature for a watch would be fitting.
For the variety of materials, most watches use a leather watch strap. Unfortunately, they tend to degrade over time. Sweat and heat can contribute to the degradation of a leather watch strap. In hot summers, you may have to replace your leather watch strap with a nylon one.
Other considerations for the material of the watch can include the products used for the production of the watch. Quartz is said to be a good option – especially for its value. Quartz possesses high accuracy and a lesser price.
5. Water resistance
Some watches have a rate of water resistance on them. However, specific watches are designed to be worn while swimming, surfing, and sports. For example, a 30 water-resistant m watch can survive a splash but not a session of swimming or surfing—the 30m tests as static pressure instead of higher pressure.
Here is a list of the water resistances in a watch:
- Water Resistance 3 – splash/rain-resistant, good for daily use
- Water Resistant 5 – Good for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling, water-related activities, and fishing. Does not count as diving.
- Water Resistant 10 – Fit for recreational surfing, water sports,
- Diver’s 100m – Unfit for saturated diving.
- Diver’s 200m-300m – Fit for scuba diving at depth but not good for saturated diving
- Diver’s 300+m – Good for saturated diving
Sleek and aesthetically pleasing luxury watches can retail for as little as 120 USD. If you want to set your sight and buy a luxury watch, you must set aside a specific budget.
With your set budget, you can start by narrowing down the budget you have and explore your options. Don’t forget to do a lot of research so that you will find it easier to find the perfect watch.
Watches may possess a hundred years of history behind them. Some brands such as Seiko, Rolex, and Philippe Patek increase their value as time passes. However, if you are buying a more budget watch, it is still imperative to take care of it. Your watch is a daily investment, so you must make it count.
Luther Abrams is quite a jack of all trades type of guy. He loves exploring new things and cultivating his knowledge every now and then. Today, he grows more and more interested in jewelry and watches and even writes about such things in his free time.