In the words of Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond, “A gentleman’s watch says as much about him as does his Savile Row suit”. Indeed, choosing the right wristwatch has long been an integral part of any man’s look, as the right wristwatch is more than just a timepiece, but a style statement. Of course, if your budget is limited you could go for a cheaper preowned watch. They cost less and depending on the state, provide you with the same feeling of luxury and elegance. Some specialized resellers even offer preowned Patek Philip pieces.
Here is the Guide on How to Choose the Right Watch
The Right Design:
When it comes to finding the right design, there are plenty of different brands and styles to choose from. It is important to choose a watch that not only reflects your personal style but your lifestyle too. A classic, minimalist watch is ideal for those who want a statement piece to literally last the test of time. For those looking for more versatile options, there are specialist golf and sports watches too, which may be a more appropriate choice.
The right design should complement each man as an individual, so don’t be afraid to spend more if you really want to invest in a signature piece. Equally, a great watch doesn’t have to break the bank, and there are plenty of simple wristwatches that can be worn every day without having to go over budget.
Consider Movement Options:
Movement is an integral part of a wristwatch’s mechanism and is categorized by two options – quartz or mechanical. A quartz movement will provide the traditional tick-tock motion seen on a clock face, whilst mechanical watches have a smoother, more elegant second-hand motion, which seems to sweep along the watch face rather than tick.
It is common for more high-end, luxury men’s watches to use a mechanical mechanism, as this automatic movement is often more desirable, with no distracting tick-tock noise. However, there is plenty of fantastic quartz movement watches too, but be sure to consider which style of movement you would prefer before selecting your final timepiece.
The Perfect Size:
With most watches available with adjustable straps, the perfect size actually refers to the watch face itself. Keeping a wristwatch proportional for the wearer is an important consideration, as different size watch faces will suit different types of men. For men with larger, thicker wrists, a small watch face may seem too feminine and look out of proportion to the rest of the arm.
However, if your wrist is more on slender size, a big watch face may seem clunky and heavy. To find your perfect size, simply measure your wrist with a tape measure. A wrist circumference of 7 inches and below should stick to 38mm to 42mm, whilst wrist circumferences of 7.5inches and above should opt for 44mm to 46mm.
Watch Your Budget:
When it comes to buying a watch, be sure to set your budget first. Luxury watches can easily run into four, five even sometimes six figures, so it is important to decide how much you want to spend beforehand. If you are looking for an investment piece, then taking the time to try on a watch in person should be part of your shopping process.
Expensive watches can often be made from gold, and platinum and are sometimes even inlaid with diamonds and precious stones, so should be treated with the same respect and consideration as any other high-end jewelry purchase.
Brands for Every Price:
Brands such as Rolex and Omega carry with them the reputation of exclusivity and aspiration, so don’t be afraid to shop around first before committing to your purchase. A luxury watch may not be something you just wear now, but also later become an heirloom, so all of these choices should inform your budget. However, great quality watches can still be found all across the high street at perfectly reasonable prices.
If you are still after something with a sophisticated feel but don’t want to break the bank, TAG Heuer offers sporty and elegant ranges of men’s watches that look and feel more expensive than they are. Longines, Casio, and Tissot are three other great mid-range options. For great-looking watches at rock bottom prices, Fossil is a good choice, along with Seiko and some designer brands such as Hugo Boss and Armani also offer great-looking watches at budget-friendly prices too.
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