But since I promised you in my last post HERE, here is some tips on choosing a watch. The content of this post is extracted (and mostly copied) from an article from OneClickz.net
So what is essential in buying a watch?
Isn't it always? lol. You need to know your own budget/limit. Do take note on these:
For Watches cost ;$1000 and above
- mechanical watches
- precious metals (gold-plated and platinum watches), specially developed tungsten carbide or titanium
- sapphire crystals
- formal and designers watches
- Breitling, Omega, Rolex, IWC etc
- automatic quartz
- Caoutchouc, stainless steel,leather, titanium and carbon fiber
- mineral glass
- casual watches
- Orient, Botta Design
- quartz watches
- plastic and resin composites, base metals
- plastic crystal
- fashion and sport watches
- Swatch watches
Of course, without it, who are we? Just so u know the specification or criteria what we call Dress/ Classic watch or Designer watch or Sports watch
- gold material
- plain and thin case
- a rotating bezel or any bezel with markings on it is out,
- thick markings
- hands with lots of tritium.
- Designed by someone with a world-wide reputation and publicized designer’s look fairly unusual, but not always.
- usually large,
- bezels with prominent markings,
- water-resistant to some degree,
- nearly always have thick, luminous hands and markings.
- inspired by the Rolex Submariner.
- inspired by the IWC Mark XV (or earlier).
According to this website I'm basing the post on, you are suppose to learn some facts about the watch manufacturer reputation yourself. Coz, most watch-store sales person know little or nothing. (Lol, I would probably be as ignorant too.) How to know? well, for starters, you can ask - friends and family who already has the brand would be a good start. You can also post it on forums and websites. Don't be a lazy bum. haha. Oh yeah, here are some brands,
Usually, the real ones (especially the high-ends, prestogious brands) are available only in authorized retailers, so online shopping might not be the best choice. BUT the internet watch catalog is a good way to choose your pick. Best way is for you to visit the retailer’s official shop for details on the watch itself and its purchasing. And to ensure you are paying the hefty sum and get the real thing, avoid internet retail sites and online stores - seriously.
8. Watch life expectancy (parts)
9. Type of maintenance the watch will require
Lithium-iodine (LID) batteries watch have lifetime of ten years
- How the watch move - unless it's $10K and above, and have unique function, the mechanism is not important.
- How the watch is made - no, none of it are hand-made. It's all manufactured in a factory. Unless they are above $20K
- Number of jewels inside - they are small synthetic ruby elements used as extremely low friction pivots for a few critical parts of a watch mechanism. It do not add value to a watch as they worth only a few pennies. The appropriate number for any watch movement depends on the exact design and functions of the movement