Are You Buying a Watch for the First Time? What You Need to Know

In today’s world where smartphones which show the time are the norm and there are other gadgets to help you see what time it is, who needs a wristwatch? Wristwatches are so passé, aren’t they?

Well, far from it actually.

Wristwatches have existed for generations, and they are still as iconic today as they were when they first came out. They are not only iconic and classic, either – they’re also a practical and functional accessory, and anyone who has a mind to improve their image and appeal could very well benefit from wearing a beautiful, timeless watch on their wrist. Essentially speaking, a wristwatch completes your look.

The wristwatch you choose also says a lot about your personal style and personality, and you can wear the same sleek watch for years and years if you choose one that is well-made and designed. But if you are a fan of antique pocket watches, then you may consider looking for one online or at auction houses.

But if you are on the lookout for ideal men’s wrist watches and you are planning on buying one for the first time, what else should you know? Here’s your proper guide.

Phones versus watches: why buy one?

The thing is, we rely on our smartphones for almost everything. Smartphones today are so technologically advanced; they can tell the time, they can tell you the tides, they can serve as a stopwatch and an alarm clock, and you don’t need to wind them. In other words, they perform most of the functions which a wristwatch can do. But wristwatches are more than just functional accessories. They are discreet, for one, which means that you can quickly glance at your watch at functions and events without offending anyone as you might if you pull out your phone to check the time. In addition to this, you don’t have to scrounge around in your pocket or bag to find your watch, as you would with a phone – it’s right there on your wrist, which makes it very convenient indeed. Watches can also serve as impressive timepieces, and their appeal is far removed from the ordinary smartphone. You can pass on a watch as an heirloom, for example, and you can use it for decades, unlike phones. In fact, the value of many watches increases over time, whereas phone values quickly depreciate within months.

Which one to choose?

Of course, when you have made a decision to buy a watch, you can quickly become confused with all the choices out there. There are so many brands and kinds of watches available that you can have a difficult time deciding which one to select. There are mechanical movement watches and digital movement watches, and there are also analogue and digital displays, combination digital and analogue displays, and so on. So, which one should you choose?

The answer to this is simple. Determine your needs and requirements first. What do you want from your watch? Do you want something that simply tells the time, or do you want it to serve as an additional fashion accessory? Are you going to use it for work, for play, or both? Consider exploring guides about watches to help you make an informed decision. What functions would you like? Are you looking for durability as well? Lastly, what is your budget?

In essence, the best way to determine the right type of watch for you is to look at your own personality, lifestyle, and preference. Do you consider yourself ‘old school’ or do you like to keep up with the trends? You can go for a classic watch such as a Burberry watch, or you could go for a sportier piece if you are the athletic, active type. At the end of the day, it will really depend on what you need and want.

Happy watch hunting!

Diana Simpson

Diana is a passionate journalist and a curious soul who is on the quest of finding what she loves the most; coffee, dogs, books or traveling? Born and bred in London, writing is her healing power.