How to Choose your Watch?
There are millions types of watches on the market. How to choose a watch out of them? The key to choosing a watch lies with identifying your priorities and making sure the watch you select fits your budget and lifestyle.
1. Decide on a Budget
How much can you afford to spend? If you’re on a limited budget, you may not want to shop for over-pricing watches; however, you’ll still have plenty of beautiful options to choose from.
2. Decide on a Watch Type
Now that you know how you’ll use your watch, it’s time to decide on a type. Consider one of the following:
• Sports watches – Active sports take their toll on a watch, so choose a watch that’s durable and designed for your activity. Many people choose timepieces with a tough titanium case and scratch-resistant dial covers. Also, look for screw-down crowns and high water-resistance ratings to keep out the elements.
• Casual watches – For everyday wear, you may want a casual watch. This could feature a digital or analog display, depending on your preference. Ideally, a casual watch will be very comfortable.
• Chronograph watches – Chronograph watches do more than tell the time. They also have stopwatch functions, and they sometimes tell you the date, phase of the moon, and other helpful information.
• Diamond and gold watches – For the best in high-end timepieces, choose a gold or silver watch with diamond accents. These watches often become family heirlooms.
• Pocket watches – For a classic look, nothing beats a pocket watch. Smaller styles are perfect for women and allow you to check the time without the annoyance of a watch on your wrist.
• Necklace watches – Necklace watches are another fun alternative to a wrist watch. These are better as an accessory, rather than for everyday wear.
Bracelet watches – Perfect for formal occasions, as well as any other time you want a special watch, bracelet or bangle-style watches are a pretty option.
3. Identify Important Features
Once you’ve decided on the type of watch you’d like, you can identify the features that are most important. Not all types of watches are available with all features, but you’ll have options no matter which type you choose. Consider some of the following:
- Digital or analog dials
- Large or high-contrast dials for easy viewing
- Level of water resistance
- Adjustability of the band
- Stopwatch function
- Pedometer or other helpful features
4. Make Sure It’s Comfortable and Practical
It’s best if you can try the watch on before you buy. For wristwatches, ask yourself these questions:
• Can you adjust the band to get a comfortable fit?
• Do the links of the band pinch your skin in any way?
• Will you be able to easily change the watch band if it wears out or if you want a different look?
• How easy is it to adjust the band to customize the fit?
• Is the watch too heavy?
• Is it too bulky? Will it catch on your sleeve or pocket?