A nice watch plays an essential role in any men’s wardrobe. But it’s still surprising to see how many people keep making some crucial mistakes when buying a new timepiece for themselves or a close one. In this article, we’re going to give you a few essential tips when shopping for a men’s watch.
Before you start searching for watches, you have to get educated about them first. The good thing is that there are tons of great resources out there. There are many online forums dedicated to watch lovers where you’ll find tons of information. You’ll be able to tell which watches are worth the money and which ones are overpriced. You should also check as many watch reviews as you can before you make any purchase.
Precautions when Buying Online
Buying a brand new watch online, especially if we’re talking high end pieces, can be a challenge. Before you buy from any site, get information on the dealer and the company first. If it’s a new company or retailer, make sure that they have testimonials or check their social media presence and see if others are vouching for them. Also check how they interact with their clients online.
A reputable manufacturer will have no issues giving you a replacement in case a piece has a manufacturing defect or if it was damaged during shipping. You’re also more likely to get a warranty on repairs when you buy from a certified dealer or directly from the manufacturer. Buying from a certified dealer is also the best way to prevent buying a counterfeit piece.
Understand Price Points
You have to understand different price levels and what you can expect in terms of quality. Watches under $250 are commonly referred to as consumer watches. They are still considered fashion timepieces, but they tend to be more utilitarian and will work with many outfits. While they aren’t likely to be passed down as heirlooms, a good consumer watch can last over a decade easily with good care.
Next you have brand, or “enthusiast” watches as they are called, which are usually around the $1000 mark. This is where you’ll usually get the widest range in terms of quality, and you can either make great finds or end up getting ripped off. So, before you jump at this price point, make sure that you’re already used to watches and have bought a few cheaper models first to know if you’re getting your money’s worth and if you’ll get enjoyment from this type of watch.
Next you have luxury and ultra-luxury watches. Luxury watches are usually between $1000 and $10,000 and ultra-luxury watches are anything over $10,000. Know that at this point, you’re either paying for quality, a name or both. Luxury watches are usually status symbols and will have a higher level of craftsmanship to them, but ultra-luxury watches are for the true connoisseurs and are usually never mass produced. They also tend to have a lot of history to them, making them a great choice for collectors and those buying watches as investments.
Buying a brand-new watch can be a challenge, but if you follow the few tips in this article you should be able to find a great piece that fits within your budget and complements your style in no time.