How to find the perfect watch

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Stauer watch, Steinhausen watch, Stuhrling watch

(Pictured above, left to right: Stauer, Steinhauser, and Stuhrling watch)

Similar to a great suit, a great watch reflects very well on a man. Its presence and aesthetic speaks to one’s taste, lifestyle and personality. Therefore, the “perfect” watch will certainly differ depending on the individual and occasion. For instance, you wouldn’t wear the same watch to the gym as you would to the office or a wedding.

When searching for an ideal timepiece, you must consider when and where you’ll be wearing it, while being honest about your style and budget. There are a few basic factors to consider when perusing for that perfect watch.

Choosing watch material

Watches are typically available with bands of rubber, cloth or metal. The face is often metal or plastic with a cover of glass or plastic. When choosing the material of your watch, consider how you will use it. While most metal watches are classically beautiful, they may not be practical for someone who spends a lot of time outdoors or working out (unless you plan on switching watches). A rubber, water-proof watch is essential for those who want to wear it while swimming or boating, while a classy gold or silver watch is a better fit for the office or a dinner party.

Types of watch movements

Watches can be digital or analog; they can also be powered mechanically or electrically. Mechanical watches tend to be more expensive due to the craftsmanship and design, and often last longer. On the other hand, they require more maintenance to keep the mechanical parts in top working condition. A battery-powered watch doesn’t need as much attention, but the battery will need to be replaced every so often.

Additional features

Of course, a watch’s most basic function is telling time. However many come with additional features such as the date, stop watch, alarms even GPS capabilities or a compass. If you need an exceptionally utilitarian watch, it might be worth choosing one with additional features; however, don’t waste your money on an expensive watch with features you’ll never use.

Watches prices

A high-end watch can cost thousands of dollars. The tradition, design and craftsmanship of a luxury watch may be worth the investment for you; however, many will opt for something more affordable. It’s best to be realistic about your values and budget. Buy a beautiful piece that’s in your price range. Never buy a knock of version of a designer watch. In the end, the quality will be poor, and anyone who knows a thing or two about men’s watches will be able to spot your fake from a mile a way.

The wristwatch is a classic symbol of style, status and personality. A sense of satisfaction comes with finding one that truly reflects who you are. Don’t be overwhelmed by the variety of styles, price points and features. With the proper amount of time and research you’ll be able to find the perfect watch for any style or occasion. If you’re new to watches, don’t hesitate to visit an online watch forum to learn more about the art of horology.

Author Bio: Leslie Silver is a frequent men’s fashion blogger and watch enthusiast. For helpful customer reviews and a large selection of men’s watches, visit an online retailer like ShopNBC.

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