Most people are not very sure about what characteristics to look for in a watch. As long as it shows the time and keeps you from getting late to meetings it should be fine, right? Wrong! If you don’t want to make a hasty purchase that you might regret later, it’s a good idea to actually sit down and do some research as to what else can make a good wrist watch purchase. Let’s take a look at the aspects worthy of consideration.

 

Buy a Watch That You Like 

 

The first and most important rule is to buy a watch that appeals to you. Since it is something you will supposedly wear every day, if you buy one you don’t absolutely love, it will most likely end up forgotten in a drawer in your cabinet.

 

What aspects are you likely to overlook now that will possibly come up later and give you second thoughts? The usual suspects are weight, decoration, dial colour and design, case shape and construction, markers and hands, to name a few. They are very easy to skip, especially if you are in a rush to get a new watch that will replace a lost or stolen one, when keeping track of time is really crucial.

 

Consider Different Watch Types 

 

When shopping for a watch, take differences in type into account. Do you prefer the good old analog one which will complement your business attire? Or maybe you would like the casual elegance of digital watches, with their LCD and LED displays? A combination of the two, anybody? The last one is certainly suitable for both work and business, but not for more formal gatherings.

 

Before you select a particular watch, take a minute to think about the situations in which you are most likely to wear it, as well as how appropriate or inappropriate each type will be for your work and free time environment. Determine the kind of watch that suits you best and then go through the remaining points that require contemplation.

 

Choose Your Brand 

 

After deciding on a budget, do some research on brands that make watches and see if an item will catch your attention. Read about their history and see which brand identity will fall closest to an image you can identify with. Most brands have a story to tell, Lacoste watches, for example. Make sure you find out what it is.

 

Do some detective work and investigate. Read online reviews, see what people have to say about a specific watch, and don’t forget to weigh in the pros and cons of each item.

 

Materials Matter 

 

Materials do matter, especially when it comes to the case and band of the watch. Their presence will be affected by brand, type and price. The front part of the case can be made of metal (such as titanium or steel), plastic, resin or sometimes precious metals, such as silver, gold and platinum. Bands can be made of all of the abovementioned materials, as well as leather (genuine or fake) and canvas.

 

The overall item price will differ greatly from one watch to another. This is mostly due to the quality of materials used, plastic logically being the cheapest, and precious metals at the other end of the spectrum.  Do consider in what settings you will be using your new timekeeper and whether it is important to go for one material over another, in case your budget permits a bigger choice.

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