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How to Buy the Right Watch

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It’s easy enough to just purchase an inexpensive watch that serves as a fashion afterthought; but with EveryGuyed’s article on how to select the perfect watch, you’ll learn that there’s a few simple things to know if you want to get just the right timepiece on your wrist.

Selecting a Movement

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This is the first step before you even look at a watch, since the movement will dictate the quality of the watch, and subsequently its price. There are two basic movements: mechanical, and electronic. Electronic watches are kept accurate through the steady pulse of a carefully cut quartz crystal, and are powered by battery or an automatic winder; these are generally less expensive. Mechanical watches use a small pendulum to wind up and keep time; although they can be found at lower price points, it’s the go-to movement for the finest watches.

There are two basic movements: mechanical, and electronic

Function

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After choosing a preferred movement, you need to think about what you need your watch to do. Watches spanning all price points have feature ranging from water resistance, to tracking oceanic tides, and even integrated GPS, so it’s important to consider what features you’ll actually use, because almost any feature adds to the cost.

Form

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The size of the actual watch itself is key here, since it should fit comfortable on your wrist without hanging over the edges, and carry a weight that’s substantial, but comfortable. If a metal watch is your preference, make sure to match it to any other metal accessories you might wear; or even consider purchasing a leather strap as an inexpensive way to change its look. Ideally, you want you watch to be a well-thought accessory that says a lot about who you are through both its style, and function.

Watch Care

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There’s technically very little to watch care other than keeping it clean and dry. If the case is made of precious metals, regular polishing might be required. Otherwise, you will need to see a watchmaker every four or five years to ensure accuracy and repair general wear-and-tear or replace the battery should it have one. The band is likely to get dirty over time, so make sure to wipe it clean if it’s leather or rubber, and if it’s metal use a little toothpaste to remove everyday sweat and grit and to restore its shine.

Wearing your new watch

They’re a few simple rules to follow when it comes to wristwatches.

  • Always wear your watch on your off-hand.
  • Never wear your watch on the inside of your wrist.
  • Your watch should fit snug, but not tightly; it shouldn’t slide down and dangle on your wrist, nor should it leave a mark when you remove it.

Fake Watches

In an ideal world, we’d all have Rolex’s on our wrists. We here at EveryGuyed know how tempting it can be to own a replica and wear it every now and then, but think of it this way; fake watches will likely have as cheap a movement as you can get, and won’t fool anyone unless you decide to bring attention to it, which would be pretty lame of you. Just buy the best watch you can reasonably afford and enjoy it. If you want the best watch money can buy, man-up and earn the funds for the real thing. It will be all the more satisfying when you finally get it.

fake watches will likely have as cheap a movement as you can get, and won’t fool anyone unless you decide to bring attention to it

Summary

  • There are two basic movements: mechanical, and electronic. The more complex the movement, the higher the price it will command.
  • It’s important to consider what features you’ll actually use, because almost any feature adds to the cost
  • you will need to see a watchmaker every four or five years to ensure accuracy and repair general wear-and-tear or replace the battery should it have one
  • Buy the best watch you can reasonably afford and enjoy it. Don’t buy a fake version of a luxury watch.

Questions/Comments

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Xiaoli Li
Xiaoli Li is an often-missed former editor at the EveryGuyed network. He's currently working as a freelance writer, and probably yelling at a soccer game somewhere out there.
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  1. This was sadly ignorant. When are sports watches appropriate? Should a diver’s watch be worn at the office? When is a stainless-steel band ok, versus wearing a leather strap? This article was so basic it’s pathetic.

    • Patek,
      We’re sorry you feel that way, but was meant to be basic. Given that both your name & email reference luxury watch companies, I’ll assume you are well versed in watches, in which case this definitely isn’t an article for you.

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