How To Buy
BY: Christian Robinson APR.03.18
It's a moment we all go through. We either grow up loving watches or we become watch lovers, it's inevitable. In every man's life we all have a moment when we realize it's time. With so many choices of styles, brands, metals, colors, movements, etc, it can be a bit overwhelming to know were to even get started.
Good news is that we are here to help you get started. We've put together a list of things to consider when buying your first watch. You'll be armed with the knowledge to go out and start your research to find the perfect watch.
When you start out thinking about what watch you may want, consider the style that best suits you. Do you want a dress watch or a tool watch? There are five main categories of watches which include: Dress Watch, Diving Watch, Driving Watch, Aviator Watch and Minimalistic Watch.
Each category comes with it's own set of standard features such as water resistance for diving watches, chronos for driving watches, thinner cases for dress watches. See what type of style you want to put forward. Is this going to be an everyday watch or just something special you take out for special occasions.
The selection is large in just about any price range you choose. Obviously, the higher the budget the more choices. Get familiar with the brands. The brand determines for the most part the price range. Classic brands like Rolex can be on the higher end of the price range, but there are great selections from brands like Omega that are more affordable. We put a list of watches you should consider at the end of this article.
Choosing the Right Watch
Now that you are familiar with the styles and brands, you have to choose the watch. Quartz movements are more affordable than mechanical movements. If you can afford it choose mechanical. Why? It's the most fun and collectible. Hundreds of tiny pieces working together to tell precise time. It's the classic way to go. The pricing is dependent on the brands, the type of metal, if going with steel or gold, the movement and the demand for the watch. Price does not equal quality.
You have to look at the size of the watch you want to purchase. Over the past decade watches have become bigger, although in the past year classic large watch brands like Panerai have chosen to make smaller watches. Be honest about the size of your wrist, if you go too big it may look clunky. Do you want leather or metal straps? What color dial, black or white? New or Pre-Owned? A quick word about pre-owned watches. You can get more bang for your buck with a pre-owned watch and you won't worry about depreciation. The key to make sure you buy from a reliable source, there are many fakes out there, so do your homework on the merchant.
You've done your research and looked at hundreds of watches. Maybe you've gone to the local watch store and tried out a few. You've compared prices from various sources. Now is the time to buy. The most important consideration is where you are going to buy. For some people this is the largest purchase they've made in their life. The key is to choose a long established merchant with an impeccable reputation.
Buying online is now easier than ever. You can read reviews and see high quality photos. Make sure that there is a return policy that gives you plenty of time to get the watch checked out and certified. Buying direct from a retailer is the safest way to go, but you will pay a steep price for it. Don't be afraid to negotiate and compare prices from various stores. Make sure that the store you buy from offers a warranty for minimum of one year. Enjoy the moment, as for many this is a milestone and a moment you will remember forever. If you do your research you won't have anything to worry about and you will feel pride and joy looking at your timepiece. Happy hunting!
Watches to Consider New or Pre-Owned
Tag Heuer Monza