General Watch Buying Guide

There are over thousands of watch brands. The number of watches available in the market is not less than, if not equals to the number of stars in the sky. So, how to pick up a right watch for you? Let’s check out our watch buying guide.

Function

Although wrist watch is simply a device to tell you the time, there are watches have some advanced functions. You can ask yourself which watch functions you are looking for. Pick up the watch with the function you need. Some of the watch functions are:

  • Date display: Most of the watch can display the date, some of the watch can display week days as well. This can be useful as you can know the date by simply looking at the watch.
  • Chronograph: A stop watch function that is useful to monitor the elapse time. This feature is useful as you may need to measure the elapse time at any time.
  • GMT: GMT watch can display time for two or even three timezones. This kind of watch is useful when you need to travel around the world or you need to work with people in different timezone.
  • Diver Watch: This kind of watch is specially designed for diving. It can support water resistant at least 200m. The unidirectional rotatable bezel supports measuring how long you are in the water.
  • Heart rate monitor: Some digital watch can monitor heart rate that allows you to monitor the work out.
  • GPS: This kind of watch can track how long you run, walk or swim, and monitor the speed / pace when doing exercise outdoor.

Appearance

The style or the appearance of watch is the crucial factor to buy one watch instead of the others. Most of the time, it is personal favorite. But, there are two factors that you need to bear in mind when selecting a watch.

  • Dial and hands color: We need to avoid dial and hands are similar color. The reason is simply, it is difficult to view the time when the colors are similar. Similarly, we also need to avoid too colorful dial.
Dark Swatch

The information is difficult to read when dial and hands are similar color

  • Hour markers: Some watches, especially women watches, have no hour markers. This makes us easily read the time wrongly.
Timex watch

Watch with clear hour markers

Movement

The movement is the interior mechanism that enables the watch to work as a timekeeping device. Watches have mechanical, automatic, quartz movements.

  • Mechanical movements: Mechanical movement uses a spring that is required to wound manually. The spring unwinds slowly and releases momentum for timekeeping.
  • Automatic movements: Automatic movements is similar to mechanical movement. But, user doesn’t need to manually wound the spring. Instead, the swinging of wearer arm can produce the power to wind the spring.
  • Quartz movements: The quartz movement’s energy is provided by a battery. The vibration of quartz crystal drives the movement of the watch.

Mechanical/Automatic vs Quartz

    One thing to keep in mind is that, watch with mechanical or automatic movement will usually run faster or slower a few minutes per month while quartz watch is accurate.
    The selection of mechanical/automatic movements is based on the appreciate the skill of watchmakers as every mechanical/automatic movements require a lot of time to assemble and polish so as to make the time accurate. A a result, to a certain certain, mechanical/automatic watch is not simply a timepiece, but a treasure.
A beautiful movement

A beautiful movement

Mechanical vs Automatic

    Before picking up either mechanical or automatic watch, always read the official specification to understand the movement preserved time. Basically, the longer, the better.
    Automatic watch is more convenience than mechanical watch. Some automatic watches support manual winding as well. Always go for movement with both mechanical and automatic supported. The reason is that, if you not wearing it, you can manual wind the watch to make it is moving.