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What you should pay attention to when buying a watch

Geplaatst op 29-01-2024 door Marc Hut

Are you looking for a new watch but not quite sure what to look for when purchasing a new timepiece? Do you wonder which functions of a watch are useful? We have a number of tips for you that can advise you on making a good purchase of a new watch. These are some common criteria that people generally consider when selecting a watch:

Citizen watches

  1. Style and design: The appearance and aesthetics of a watch are of course quite an important factor. You obviously won't 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 color 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 a long time and that meets 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 glass are often prized for their durability. Brands such as 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/having a battery replaced every few years, a quartz movement is a great choice. Quartz movements are accurate and easy to maintain. But a mechanical timepiece also has its charm. Watches with a mechanical/automatic movement are a bit more traditional and are certainly a piece of craftsmanship. When it comes to accuracy, a quartz movement is a bit more accurate. For those who prefer mechanical watches, the reputation and quality of the timepiece brand can play a role.

  4. Functions and complications: Depending on personal needs and preferences, you can choose specific functions in a watch. Consider, for example: 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, it is better to go 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 vary from affordable and accessible to luxurious and high-end. It is not always the case that you get more quality for a lot of money. After all, you also pay for the brand name. Therefore, make sure you are well informed about what the best option is for your budget.

  6. Brand and reputation: For some people, brand is an important consideration. They can look for well-known watch brands with an established reputation for quality, design and heritage. The brand image and brand value can play a role in the final choice. Designer brands are especially 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. It is true that so many people have so many opinions and experiences. It doesn't say everything, but you can make good use of it before you decide on a specific watch.

Versace watch

A new watch: style and design or functionality?

The importance of each of these criteria may vary depending on individual preferences and the intended use of the watch. Do you attach more value to style and design? Then choose a watch from a designer brand. Do you really care about the technical specs and functionalities? Then a watch from the well-known Japanese brands is an excellent choice. It is a personal decision that depends on one's lifestyle, tastes 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 classic style enthusiasts may place more importance on traditional mechanical timepieces and refined aesthetics.

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The search for a new watch

All in all, finding the perfect watch is a personal quest based on the unique preferences and needs of each individual. Whether it is a trendy fashion statement, a functional tool or a valuable heirloom, the search for a watch is a fascinating 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 at our shop. Do you have any questions about this blog or about one of our products? Please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to help you.

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