How to Buy a Perfect Watch for Yourself
There was a time when watches were considered to be a time-telling device and a luxury that only the privileged could afford. Watches were considered to be a sign of status symbol. Over the years, trends changed and watches began to lose their worth as a strict timepiece. For most people, handheld gadgets such as smartphones can easily do the job. That being said, it is a myth that watches are not needed anymore. While it is true that the strict utility of watches did get diminish to an extent, the growth in the luxury fashion sector enables the watchmakers to find a new niche. Watches today are now considered as an important accessory to make a style statement.
Interestingly, unlike the older generations, millennials are barely aware of the fact that watch shopping is nothing like your regular shopping and there are technical considerations that you need to know about. Often newbies end up buying watches just because they feel they are stylish but regret the decision because the watch is not fit for them in one way or the other. If you are planning to shop for a watch, here are a few things you might want to know about.
The basic thing that you need to understand is differences in watch movements and how can they affect your decision? Generally, there are three types of watches: mechanical, automatic and Quartz. Both mechanical and automatic watches have a smooth hand movement where the hand sweeps through the clock while the Quartz is known for the ticking sound. Mechanical and Automatic watches are generally from the same league and are known for their exclusivity, finesse, character, and craftsmanship.
However, despite being incredibly expensive, these watches have accuracy issues and their accuracy issues may wear off with time. One of the let advantages of having a mechanical or automatic watch is that there are no battery life issues and you will never need to get the battery changed. The only difference between a mechanical and an automatic watch is that a mechanical watch requires you to wind the watch once a day to keep the battery working while the automatic ones do not require winding.
Quartz watches are the cheapest of the lot and are known for their ticking movement. While they are not as expensive as the smooth movement watches, they do run out of batteries and lack the class and character of a mechanical or an automatic way. That being said their time accuracy is always 100%.
Purpose of Buying
One of the key things that you should consider when buying a watch is that how do you expect to use it and why are you buying one. If you want to invest in a watch for daily use such as college wear, a regular quartz watch will do. Automatic or mechanic ones are not recommended to be used for rough use since they have little resistance to shock, dust or moisture. If you are into sports or diving, look for stylish sports or diver’s watch. If you do not want to go for something as expensive as a Rolex or an Omega, consider a Patek Phillipe Nautilus. This sleek designed automatic sports watch is a perfect blend of genius watchmaking, class, and style.