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Watches 101: Getting The Right Watch

Updated on June 20, 2013

It may be easy to pay for a watch that serves as a fashion add-on but selecting the perfect watch is an entirely different story. There are some things that need to be considered if you’re aiming for just the right timepiece for your wrist.

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Panerai Radiomir 1940 Special EditionAudemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ChronographJaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin JubileeRalph Lauren RL67 Automotive ChronographVacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine in Platinum
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Special Edition
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Special Edition
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee
Ralph Lauren RL67 Automotive Chronograph
Ralph Lauren RL67 Automotive Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine in Platinum
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine in Platinum

Movement and Function

The first step to purchasing a watch is deciding on a movement. Apart from contributing to the overall quality, it also determines a watch’s price. What are you planning on getting – mechanical or electronic? The former makes use of a small pendulum to wind up and keep time, while the latter functions via the constant pulse of a meticulously cut quartz crystal and batteries/ automatic winders. Once you’ve picked out one, mull over what it is that you need your watch to do. Some watches are integrated with oceanic tide tracker and GPS, while others are simply water resistant. Make up your mind as features do add to the cost.

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Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph US SpecialBaume & Mercier Clifton IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series CeramicParmigiani Tonda 1950 Cartier Calibre de Chronograph
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph US Special
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph US Special
Baume & Mercier Clifton
Baume & Mercier Clifton
IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic
IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic
Parmigiani Tonda 1950
Parmigiani Tonda 1950
Cartier Calibre de Chronograph
Cartier Calibre de Chronograph

Form and Maintenance

A watch must fit your wrist just right for it to feel comfortable and look good on you. If metal watches are your thing, see to it that you match it up with other metal accessories that you might wear in the future. If not, then at least consider getting a leather strap as a cost-effective way to change its look from time to time. From there, double-check the amount of maintenance a particular watch calls for. If it only requires the usual care of keeping it clean and dry, then good for you. If not, then you will probably need extra stuff to handle it. Metal watches, for example, could do with a little toothpaste to bring back its shine.

Now that you’re equipped with this knowledge, ask yourself: how do I even wear a watch properly? Start by always wearing it on your off-hand. Also, do not wear it on the inside of your wrist – unless you really have to. Your watch has to fit snug, but not too tight; must never slide down nor dangle on your wrist, and lastly, it shouldn’t leave a mark when you take it off.

Quality usually comes with the price. So if you really want the best ones, you will have to shell out some extra cash. Do not settle for fake watches, as they will likely have as shoddy movement as you can get. Instead, go buy the best watch you can afford and enjoy it. If you’re willing to save up for the grand ones, though, that’s fine, too. It will be more satisfying in the end, anyway.

Though they’ve always been thought of as just mere fashion accessories, watches remain as one of those things people will perpetually have a need for. While they easily give you an instant professional look, watches are incredible tools for time management. On top of that, they almost always tell so much about your personality and taste. And so, you might as well man up and earn some cash to spend on the best ones.

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