Because we have easy access to cell phones to tell us the time, many Americans are venturing into the world of wristwatches for the first time as adults. Whether you are hoping to make a fashion statement, begin your watch collection, or simply tell the time, there are key factors to consider before you purchase your first watch. Keep reading to learn what other watch owners recommend.
Gerard Roche, Content Manager at Gerard’s USA.
Key Tips for a First-Time Watch Purchase
1. The first tip is you have to know your budget before even thinking about buying a watch. However, if splurging a bit more than you planned is the difference between settling and loving it, then splurge. “Buy once, cry once” should be the motto because if you settle for a cheaper-quality watch, it will nag at you forever – trust me.
2. The next tip is to know what top-quality is and why exactly you’re buying a watch. If you’re looking for utmost precision, you need to go with a Swiss-made, manual-winding watch, and here’s what that all means. Swiss-made watches are top-of-the-line in terms of craftsmanship. Sure, they have a bit of a heavier feel, but the internal mechanisms and metal parts are handcrafted with the highest quality materials in the world. It can last you a lifetime.
Manual-winding watches are watches that you will have to wind on your own, and the frequency of such winding depends on the watch’s power reserve, how long it lasts between each wind. So, for practical purposes, you’re better off buying a watch with a higher power reserve so you’re not having to wind it every morning or evening around the same time.
However, on the other hand, if exact precision is not a priority of yours, and it’s more of a fashion statement, you can choose an automatic watch. What this watch does is automatically wind itself with your natural motion. It’s quite a convenient option if you’re not looking to have to wind your watch at all.
3. The next tip is to know your materials. Especially if you’re a parent, you know how hectic it can be trying to keep your prized possessions safe from your kids. Here’s where Sapphire glass comes in – it is a must. Sapphire glass is extremely scratch-resistant, strong, and highly transparent. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive than its alternatives, but, as I said, “buy once, cry once.”
4. One last tip would be to know what kind of attire will compliment your watch because that will guide you towards your style of choice. Let’s say, for example, that your attire mostly consists of casual or business casual wear. Then, bulky watches are a great option. However, if you’ll usually be wearing your watch with more professional and high-end attire, your best option is a more classic, slim watch.
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