So you’re shopping for a watch? If you’ve never really shopped around for a high-quality watch before, you’re going to be surprised at just how many choices you have!
What’s most surprising is that you don’t just have style choices. You have to make informed decisions about the actual mechanical workings of your watch, because they all contain different features.
Before you decide on a custom band or a diamond encrusted face, make sure you understand how different watches work so you can find the one that’s best for you.
Analog or Digital?
Your first choice is between analog and digital watches. The terminology may make these two different watch types seem confusing, but it’s fairly easy to understand:
- Analog watches display the time using the hands of a clock. They do not process time electronically. They can demonstrate the passage of time while digital displays cannot.
- Digital watches can show you the exact time without having to read the face of a clock. They can store more information, and they are a great choice if you want to display military time on your watch.
Having a hard time choosing? Invest in an analog digital watch that displays both!
Mechanical or Quartz Movement?
You aren’t done making decisions yet. You also have to decide if you want a mechanical or a quartz movement:
- Mechanical movements are created by master watchmakers. They utilize a series of tiny components that work together to keep your timepiece ticking. They are a good choice if craftsmanship is important to you.
- Quartz movements are extremely accurate and require next to no regular maintenance, aside from replacing batteries. They are a good option if you’re looking for a timepiece that won’t break the bank.
Mechanical movement watches are often a symbol of status and wealth because they require so much attention to detail and expert craftsmanship. However, there are plenty of quality brands selling quartz movement watches, so your options are nearly endless.
Manual or Automatic Movement?
Quartz movements utilize a battery to power the watch, but mechanical watches don’t utilize a battery. So, how exactly does the watch run then?
Well, you have two choices. Traditionally, all mechanical watches were manual watches.
They contain a beautiful display of inner workings, but they have to be wound by hand. You may have to wind your watch every 24 hours to every 8 days or so.
Automatic watches, in contrast, do not need to be wound by hand, as long as you wear your timepiece every day. They still utilize traditional mechanical movements, but they use the natural movement of your hand and arm to store the energy that’s needed to keep the watch running. If you don’t wear your automatic watch on a daily basis, it will need to be wound before it is worn again.
Don’t let all your choices overwhelm you. Take the time to do your research so you know exactly what you’re looking for. Then, you can purchase the perfect watch with confidence.