Men’s watches are probably some of the most diverse in selection in the watch market. They can be big, small, flashy, plain and even out and out ugly. In some ways there are even more choices for the man on this count than the woman, which is rare in the jewelry industry. To help you better refine what you are looking for we put together a few hints to help you make the right choice.
Basically when shopping for men’s watches the requirements you should be asking yourself about are: lifestyle, value, price, aesthetic value and functionality. Believe it or not someone somewhere always forgets one of these and ends up making a choice that doesn’t suit them. Or worse chooses a watch that doesn’t last as long as it should or serve them the way they had hoped. We’re out to save the world here; one wrist at a time.
Lifestyle is important to look at and it’s probably something you already thought of. But just in case, let’s take a look at things anyway. If you plan on scuba diving with your new Rolex on, you might want to take out a second mortgage for a replacement. Even “water resistant” watches can get damaged under the waves. If you do this I see an envelope in your future, for shipping your new bracelet off for repairs. By the same token if it’s success you want to express, go for it.
Value is the other thing. Think of it this way; you are buying something that possibly could be passed on in a generational manner and has the potential for some sentimental value. Sentimentality aside though, watches do tend to increase in value as time goes on. Maybe buying a brand of watch that has been making the same model for years isn’t as preferable as buying one that has just gone out of production or soon will. This makes even your timepiece an investment and adds another bragging point to your cool “how I found this beauty” story.
Price is important too. With the current economical strain (man I’m tired of typing that phrase… get better already!) being what it is, watches cost a whole lot less than they used to. 50% off sales are all over the internet right now and taking advantage of these while you can is a good idea. Just be careful on the deal you choose, sometimes watches aren’t worth the price even on the 50% off scale. Research around and compare, okay Mr. Trump?
Aesthetic value is something that really we shouldn’t have to cover here, but we’re going to anyway. Pick out something you like and when you get it in the mail, make sure you still like it or that it’s what you ordered. Most that don’t get what they ordered never bother to follow up on it. Hold your watch broker to their word! Send it back it it’s not exactly what you saw in the picture. This isn’t a huge problem on the internet or with catalogs, but it does happen.
Make sure you know what kind of watch you are buying. Is it battery powered or a nice mechanical type? Even the mechanical watches come in automatic and standards. Yeah like cars. The automatic watches still need to be wound to keep the gears properly lubricated though, so make sure you do that. In fact it is recommended you research the watch model you are thinking about purchasing for repair history, or ask a watch maker about a brand and model. This extra leg work could save you some headache down the road.
Overall men’s watches are an investment any way you look at it. They are an investment in money and in time-literally. Having the right time is important and that’s why having the right watch is so important. Be good, be careful and be on time.