Are you a Rolex man? Perhaps a Toy watch or a Omega Ocean Seamaster is more your style? Would the latest baller watch on the market suit you or is it just possible you were never meant to dangle a technological marvel off your wrist. In this article we walk through how one decides just what kind of watch is right for them.
The very essence of the question – what watch should I buy – harkens back to a time when mankind required a personal method for measuring time without the luxury of the cell phone or other electronic gizmos. If you couldn't afford a fine gold pocket watch, you went for a gold-filled or silver pocket watch. If you couldn't afford a silver pocket watch, you carried a makeshift hour glass in your pocket. And if you couldn't even afford THAT, you stuffed some sand in your waistcoat pocket and looked up at the sun, making an educated guess as to how much longer your roast had to stay on the spit so it would be cooked without being too dry. While you should have simply poked the roast with a knife, you were a man with fine horological tastes and you needed more practical applications to justify your extraneous timekeeper purchases. From the beginning, watches were all about style; you wanted your watch to not only match your tunic, but enhance your overall appearance.
The same is still true today; watches are accessories combining form and function - ideally in perfect balance. When you look at art do you prefer subtle realism or extraordinary craftsmanship? When you hang a painting in your house is it to be the centrepiece or provide quiet sophistication? Perhaps you simply just love the way the painting looks and "fit" be dammed. When you're deciding what watch is right for you bear in mind it's purpose much like you would a painting and that will help guide you towards the style that suits you. Is the watch for you or to show off? Is it meant to enhance a suit or start a conversation?
We've created two handy guides that help – how to purchase a watch online and how to conduct private watch transactions, but ultimately there is nothing like going to a store and picking up a watch to "feel" it. You might purchase a watch online after deciding what you want (depending on your country of residence, buying your watch online can yield significant savings) but before you put the final touches on the transaction by providing the three digit security code located on the reverse side of your credit card, you'll want to see what the watch looks like on your arm. When possible, you'll want to study the potential purchase up close and personal so you can really decide if this is the wrist-candy you've been looking for.
In our previous article how much should I spend on a watch we cover the basics, but I'll summarize for those without the time or patience to click on another link. Essentially, like art, the amount you spend is entirely up to you. We have additional guides for finding a watch below $1k, finding a watch in the four figure range, and even ways to spend a lot of money on your watch without "showing off"; this is for people that want to an element of stealth in their watches.