Buying a watch, especially if it’s your first one, is kind of like ordering food at an unfamiliar restaurant. You can start with a broad set of a question and kind of narrow it down. For example, if you went to a brand new restaurant, you might ask yourself questions like, “Do I want a salad or do I want an entree?” or “Do I want a light meal or a hearty one?” You’d use these kinds of questions to narrow the menu down to a couple of good choices for your taste, appetite and price range.
You can do the same with watches. Here are a couple of questions you can (and should!) ask yourself as you start thinking about buying a timepiece.
Do I want to spend $200, or do I want to spend $2,000? This is obviously going to make a major difference in the options available to you, but it’s probably the first question you should be asking. There are lots of good options at the $200 price range, and it’s a great entry point if you’re mostly just concerned with telling time. Up towards the $1,000 mark, you’ll get slightly more craftsmanship (sometimes handmade), quality materials (or just luxury materials) and more stylized designs (e.g. the traditional timepieces tend to look much more traditional, and modern products tend to look edgier and more contemporary).
What kind of time-telling mechanism do I want? Watches can have several different kinds of power mechanisms. They include Japanese, Swiss, quartz, analog or kinetic movement. Japanese, quartz and Swiss timepieces require a battery, while analogs are powered by a tensed spring. Kinetic timepieces, on the other hand, are powered by your movement as you wear them throughout the day If you don’t want to worry about a battery.