Ten Considerations for Buying a Wristwatch

February 6, 2019

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So you’re going to buy a wristwatch? There are a number of things to consider when choosing a wristwatch to buy. The aim of this article is to help you decide which watch to buy by walking you through ten items to consider.

First, you’ll need to decide who will be wearing a wristwatch. Is the watch for an adult, teenager, or small child? If it is for a child, it is likely to be less expensive than if it is for adult. There is also a type of watch that helps the child learn how to tell time. This watch has the hour and minute hands labeled. The minutes on the edge of the watch face are also labeled. These features help a child remember which hand is the hour hand and which is the minute hand and what number of minutes is indicated by the position of the minute hand. Whether the watch is for an adult or a child will influence the design you choose for the watch. For children, of course, more whimsical designs such as cartoon characters are more common, although adults are increasingly opting for fun designs.

For example, a professional I know, a lawyer, actually wears a Tweety watch to work every day. The design is more subtle than those of many children’s watches, but it is nonetheless a cartoon character watch. She is a huge fan of Tweety and wants Tweety to be part of her daily life. One of my cousins wears a Tigger watch while seeing patients as a doctor.

Your second consideration is the level of formality in your watch. To some degree, even nowadays, the level of formality of the watch should match the occasion or venue. For instance, most people would want to wear a more formal watch to a wedding or to an important corporate meeting. If someone has a dress watch, they would probably want to wear it to more formal occasions. But these days informal, fun watches are becoming more common even in formal settings. And even professionals can be spied wearing whimsical watches these days.

Thirdly, you need to decide whether you want an analog or a digital watch. Digital watches generally offer more functions than analog watches. For example, digital watches are more likely to have stopwatches and calculators as part of their functionality. However, most people find analog watches to be more aesthetically pleasing. There are more design options in analog watches than there are in digital watches. Digital watches do tend to be less expensive.

You also need to decide whether you need a waterproof or water resistant watch. If you scuba dive or snorkel, or participate in other water sports and want to wear your watch in the water, you will obviously need a waterproof watch. These watches can be analog or digital and they are not necessarily much more expensive than other watches.

Fifthly, you need to decide what quality level you desire. The highest quality watches in the world are European, primarily Swiss, watches. They are handcrafted to the highest specifications. Often they are made of precious metals. Naturally, these are the most expensive watches made. But you don’t need to pay exorbitant sums to buy a high-quality watch. Quality timepieces can be purchased for tens of dollars. If you’re looking for a highly accurate timepiece, there are watches available, including digital watches, that synchronize by satellite to a government facility that keeps precise track of the time with an atomic clock.

The next consideration is a purely aesthetic one. Specifically, what shape you want your watch to have? You can choose from round, square, rectangular, oval and even hexagonal and octagonal. Some people have a real preference for a certain shape. Others fit the shape of the wash to their ensemble.

The seventh consideration, put into colloquial terms, is what bling level you’re looking for in a watch. That is how ostentatious and flashy do you want your watch to be? Some people desire that their watch be made from gold, platinum, or silver and be encrusted with precious jewels. Others of more modest means may just want their watch to look as if it is. Whether you like flashy watches or more understated ones will influence which watch you ultimately choose to purchase.

The next step is to select a design. Watches and watch faces are, in essence, small works of art. The design possibilities are literally limitless. You can buy watches in any style of art you can imagine, from Art Deco to Art Nouveau, from classical to postmodern. You can choose from a color palette that spans the rainbow. Naturally, the design you choose should be influenced by the styles you generally wear. One consideration is that plainer designs will go with a greater range of outfits. But please do not be afraid to buy watches with designs that you find aesthetically pleasing, even if they are daring. Remember that you can buy more than one watch, and you actually should, if you could afford to. It’s good to have a range of watches to choose from, to fit the occasion and your mood.

The ninth consideration is that you need to factor in how much you are able to and want to pay. Of course, the highest quality watches are also the most expensive. But, as I have said, you can buy a good quality watch for just tens of dollars. Unless you are buying for a child, avoid buying watches that cost less than $20. These are likely not to be of lasting quality.

Finally, you will need to choose a vendor. The major choice in this area is whether to choose an Internet vendor or a local brick and mortar store for your watch purchase. Internet vendors offer a greater variety of watches than local stores and they tend to have lower prices because they enjoy lower overhead. But the benefit of visiting a local vendor is that you can actually see the watch in person, hold it, and try it on your own wrist. This provides an increased level of certainty that the watch you buy is one that you will you will like. Personally, I prefer the greater selection and lower prices of Internet vendors.

I hope this article has helped make it easier for you to choose a wristwatch for yourself or somebody you love. Watches, even though they are relatively simple objects, can add a little joy to one’s life. I hope you find a watch that pleases you.