This wrist watch buying guide will take you through exactly what they do in the stores to help you decide on which watch to buy. Certain stores only serve up a specific brand or brands. Online you can search all sorts, certainly hundreds and probably thousands of options. That’s one reason we want to help. There can be too much information – so many brands and an incredible number of models. You can quickly get overload or suffer analysis paralytics. This watch buying guide breaks down the process into clearly defined decisions, and makes it easier for you.
How to buy a watch on-line or in-store:
Step 1: Decide on the Watch Brand You Want to Buy
This is listed the first step, but in fact it is organic – you can come back to this step at any stage in the process and commence from there again. If you are going to are large store like Myer or a Watch focussed boutique store like J. Farren-Price, you will find a wide range of watch brands to look at right there. You can also visit a single-brand shop like Tag Heuer. A good alternative to learn about the background of watch brands, (their history, where they manufacture, their unique specialities) is to check out more Wrist Watch Review.com.AU pages and articles. A great place to look for an introduction to some major brands if you’re just starting out is The 10 Best Watch Brands Available in Australia Right Now (will open in a new tab).
Step 2: Decide Which Watch Face Colour Suits Your Complexion
This can also be considered as the first step if you don’t yet know which watch brand you would like and will come back to that later. Which colour watch would suit your skin, or your wardrobe? Which watch band colour? The first part of this step is to consider whether a light or dark watch face (and watch band) will suit you. It’s about skin tones. Black watch or white watch? Rose gold watch or silver watch? These only you can decide because it is very much a personal choice.
Bare in mind the issues to watch out for highlighted in the brilliant guide: Women’s Watches – 10 EASY mistakes anyone can make researching women’s watches, and how to avoid them. This is important as it covers many potential mistakes anyone can make when considering which watch brand to buy.
Step 3: Decide if You Want an Automatic Watch or Battery Operated Watch
Automatic watches have the beautiful internal mechanical arrangements which are self winding. Mechanical motion internally is stored within a winding (though it may be wound by the motion of the wearer rather than by winding the pin) and transferred through wheels and cogs pivoting on jewels. These are the watch types that can last ‘forever’. In theory. If they are serviced. And they can be serviced because they are mechanical timepieces. Components can be cleaned, replaced, and so on.
These automatic mechanical watches are typically the watches of the luxury watch brands that have high value, and can become collectors items. Vintage watches are a sizeable industry in their own right you know. They can be handed down from father to son, or passed on mother to daughter. With all the mechanical technology, and not withstanding the luxury watch prices, these types of watches can be slightly inaccurate. It’s not unusual for them to vary by one to two seconds per day.
Battery Operated Watch
Obviously battery operated watches have a battery (duh!), and this provides the power to drive the mechanism or electronic boards and programmable components (if it’s for a digital display or smartwatch). These watches can produce extremely accurate timekeeping due to the oscillating quartz crystal method being extremely accurate. These watches won’t stop if you don’t keep wearing them (although smartwatches typically require relatively frequent recharging). These watches can just go on and on for many years but eventually after many years, they will die for one reason or another – and then that’s it. Game Over. They can’t be serviced.
Step 4: Decide if You Want Water Resistant Watch or Dress Watch
Naturally the water resistant watches tend to be more sporty. Dress watches are more about style, luxury and/or form. Diving watches undoubtedly are water resistant. If you work on or near the water then it might make good sense. Dress watches may offer style and sophistication.
Step 5: Decide on Price
I believe this one is wise to consider early on before your heart is set on something though I have it listed last – it still really is part of the finalisation step. After all, you wont get the watch until you pay. However you might not be able to get all you want in just any watch. Most big watch brands offer a range of models which amount to a range of prices after you’ve decided all of the above. Which watch brand you’ve selected goes a long way to determining the price range, and therefore the two may need to be considered in conjunction.
There are a whole number of brands and price ranges within each brand. For example Tag Heuer watches will retail from around $1300 to $4000. There are always more rare and more expensive watches. There are different watch brands aiming at different demographics of course. Casio G-Shock watches come in at a lower price point.
Wrist Watch Buying Guide Summary
This watch buying guide sets out the key steps you need to take to determine the right watch for you. Deciding which watch at each step is up to you. Determine you’re preferred watch brand, watch face colour and wrist band colour. This covers your overall look. Then with understanding of the features of automatic watches and battery-operated watches, make your selection. If you’re after a smartwatch then there is no decision. Decide upon your feature needs like water resistance or dress watch. Then, and perhaps throughout the whole process, ultimately you will decide on price.