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What should you look out for when buying a watch?

Geplaatst op 01-12-2023 door Marc Hut

Are you looking for a new watch but not quite sure what to look for when buying a new timepiece? Are you wondering which functions of a watch are useful? We have some tips for you that can advise you on the best way to buy a new watch. These are some common criteria that people generally consider when selecting a watch:

Citizen horloges

  1. Style and design: The look and aesthetics of a watch are obviously a pretty important factor. You are obviously not going to buy a watch that you don't like. People look for a watch that suits their personal style and preferences. This includes the shape and size of the case, the colour and finish of the dial, the style of the hour markers and hands, and the material and design of the strap.

  2. Quality and durability: You naturally want a watch that will last and meet your requirements. Most people look for watch brands with a good reputation for craftsmanship, reliability and durability. Materials such as stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and sapphire crystal are often appreciated for their durability. Brands like Seiko and Citizen are seen as very reliable yet affordable.

  3. Movement and precision: The type of movement is an important consideration. If you don't mind replacing/replacing a battery every few years then a quartz movement is a great choice. Quartz movements are precise and low-maintenance. But a mechanical movement also has its charm. Watches with a mechanical/automatic movement are a bit more traditional and yet certainly also a feat of craftsmanship. When it comes to accuracy, a quartz movement is a bit more accurate though. For those who prefer mechanical watches, the reputation and quality of the watch brand may play a role.

  4. Functions and complications: Depending on personal needs and preferences, you can opt forspecific functions in a watch. Think for example of: chronograph (stopwatch), date display, GMT function (second time zone), moon phase, Eco-Drive, diving functionality (water resistance, unidirectional bezel), and more. If you want to make it even crazier, you're better off going for a smartwatch.

  5. Price range and value: Budget is an important factor when choosing a watch. People look for watches within a specific price range that offer good value in terms of quality, features and brand reputation. The price range can range from affordable and accessible to luxury and high-end. It is not always the case that you get more quality for a lot of money. After all, you are also paying for the brand name. Therefore, be well informed about what is the best option for your budget.

  6. Brand and reputation: For some people, brand is an important consideration. They may look for well-known watch brands with an established reputation for quality, design and heritage. Brand image and brand value may play a role in the final choice. Designer brands are particularly popular. Think of Gucci, Gc, Versace and Philipp Plein. But of course, everyone also knows a brand like TAG Heuer, Rolex or Longines.

  7. Reviews and recommendations: People often read watch reviews and recommendations from both experts and other watch enthusiasts. This helps them understand others' experiences with specific watches and brands, and can influence their decision. The thing is, so many people have so many opinions and experiences. It doesn't say everything but you can make handy use of it before deciding on a specific watch.

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A new watch: style and design or functionalities?

The importance of each of these criteria may vary depending on individual preferences and the intended use of the watch. Do you value style and design more? Then choose a watch from a designer brand. Are you really concerned with technical specs and functionality? Then a watch from the well-known Japanese brands is an excellent choice. It is a personal consideration that depends on one's lifestyle, taste and needs.

It is important to note that the search criteria for a watch may differ between different target groups. For example, sports enthusiasts may prefer a water-resistant watch with chronograph functions, while lovers of classic style may place more importance on traditional mechanical movements and sophisticated aesthetics.

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The search for a new watch

All in all, finding the perfect watch is a personal quest based on each individual's unique preferences and needs. Whether it is a trendy fashion statement, a functional tool or a valuable heirloom, finding a watch is an exciting journey in which one can express one's own style and personality through a timeless accessory!

Are you looking for a new watch? Take a look in our shop. Do you have any questions about this blog or any of our products? Then feel free to contact us, we are happy to help.

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