Due to the increased popularity of mobile devices, nowadays watches aren’t only used to indicate time. Often they are rather accessories that complete a man’s outfit. But there are so many options out there that it might be difficult to know which watch it’s right for you, especially if shopping is not really your thing. Here is a men’s watch buying guide to help you out. Keep in mind these tips before you decide to purchase a watch and you’ll make the right choice.
The main styles are minimalist, classic and sport. The strap materials can be anything between plastic and exotic skins, while the case could be made of plastic or various types of metal. The materials and the design need to match your outfit. In order to achieve a stylish look, the watch should be an integrated element of your appearance, not the centre of interest.
Which type is right for me?
– Think about your own style.
Have a look at your wardrobe and see which kind of watch would be more suitable. If you can afford a few watches you will be able to match nearly any outfit. Browse through sport watches if you’re into casual or sports clothing, look for a minimalist design if you’re on a tight budget and for a classic one if you usually wear business outfits. If you mostly wear blue, navy or black, get a silvery watch. Golden cases work for outfits in earth tones (brown, beige, dark green).
– Establish a budget.
The style of your new watch, along with its features and appearance will most likely be dictated by the budget. You can go for an entry-level, mid-range or luxury watch. It’s better to look for a simpler item that includes top notch materials than an inferior, but more exquisite-looking one that won’t serve you well on the long term.
– Pick a watch according to the size of your wrist.
If a design is too big or too small for your wrist, it will look disproportionate and inadequate for you.
– Pay attention to the brand.
Choose a reputable watch brand if you want a highly durable watch and one made by a clothing brand if you want it just as a fashion accessory.
– Don’t focus only on the watch case.
It might be the part that gets most attention but don’t overlook the strap, water resistance and movement (quartz or automatic). If you are looking for durability, a water resistant mechanical watch with a metal bracelet is your best bet. Also, get an item that features a high quality watch glass as that one is the first part that gets damaged.