6 Practical Watch Buying Tips For Shoppers

Teaming the right accessories with the perfect outfit is the secret to always dressing right for the occasion, which is why shopping for watches, be it the pendant variety, a wrist watch or a bracelet watch requires a little forethought to get value for money with added style!

This article covers some of the 6 most important points about buying watches that many shoppers tend to overlook and thus, end up with just another average time piece instead of getting a wardrobe upgrade factor that the ideal watch can well be.

Factors to consider when buying a watch:

  1. Determine the occasion and purpose of the watch before purchasing the first trendy piece you see at the shop. This means considering whether you will wear it to work, for travel, sporty activities, after hours (leisure or business socializing) etc.
  2. Estimate a budget so you don’t go overboard or sting on a quality piece if you come across one. For example, if it’s a luxury watch, be prepared to shell out a minimum of $ 18000 for the basic models of an Omega, Christian Dior or Tag Heuer. If you are confident of carrying off a quality replica in style, there are numerous fake designer watches you can buy at one-fourth the price of the original with all the features and durability of the genuine luxury watch.
  3. If investment is your objective, then it is advisable to shop only at reputed jewelry showrooms and antique shops for collector’s items. These may include limited edition watches or hand crafted watches comprising precious metals, gems and special techniques besides boasting illustrious prior owners – factors that mainly justify the expensive price tags accompanying most unique watches.
  4. Check for physical features, like aesthetics, functionality, weight, and dial size for judging suitability of purchase when you go watch shopping. For example, you may want to match your new watch with a particular type of outfit or simply one special dress; you may also want to coordinate your new watch with other jewelry pieces, such as rings, bracelets, belts, shoes etc.
  5. Consider your body type before purchasing a watch since your built and style of dressing (sophisticated, businesslike, progressive, radical, etc.) influences how the watch will look on you. For example, popular shapes like round, oval, rectangular, square, tonneau (a watch having curved edges to the right & left sides of the watch case) help wearers achieve the conventional, progressive, dressy, sophisticated or business like look, respectively. Pick the type that complements your personality and lifestyle.
  6. Give a thought to the weight of the watch based on how long you expect to wear it because lighter watches can be easily worn for longer periods while heavier, fancier and oft times, more precious watches may only have a limited comfort wear period. It is the case metal, strap or bracelet feature that determines the weight of the watch so base your watch selection on these factors. Generally, if the case is small, or has a leather or rubber strap, the watch will be lightweight as compared to those with a metal bracelet.