11 things to know when buying your first serious watch


Every successful businessman or entrepreneur should have a serious watch that fits their personality and needs. For those of you that are fascinated by watches, investing in a quality watch may as well be one of the first steps in becoming a successful businessman. If you decide to purchase an expensive watch, you have to take into consideration a series of factors that will decide whether the choice was inspired or somewhat of a failure. So here’s what you need to know when buying a serious watch:

Classic is always in style. Try and keep it simple and timeless with the classic design. Choose it so that it fits both your suits and your weekend clothes. Do this and your watch will surely never go out of fashion.

When it comes to watches, size does matter. If you decide to follow this advice, keep two simple rules in mind. Watches should never look petite on your wrist, while the lugs should never extend past the edge of the wrist. Most entrepreneurs choose a round case watch, sized between 40 and 44 mm wide. According to recent studies, this type of watch looks good on the wrists of 95% of men. Yet you should try to avoid buying an oversize watch unless you’re 6 foot 5′ or taller, otherwise your watch will be gigantic compared to your wrists.

This is one of those instances when you can spend more money than usual on a well-known brand, if you want to be extravagant. It is safe to assume that typically the best choice is to go with an iconic brand that is worldwide known for its history. We can thus speculate that the longer a brand has been making watches, the better the results. We shall not name all the iconic brands but there are at least 20 (give or take) brands with a proven track record for quality. Given their notoriety, they often prove much easier to service and repair as time goes by.

Some people consider watches as a financial investment but it is hardly so.You will never be able to get back the money you spent on it. You should think of it more like purchasing a car. The moment you put it on your wrist and it ticks for the first time, it is worth less than you paid for it. If you’re the type of man who holds maintenance very close, try and choose a Rolex, whereas for women, Cartier fares best.

Brands that do not have a great deal of notoriety are surely worth a look. It is a well-known fact that there are several thousands of brands you can choose from, so the best thing to do is, go on the internet and do some research. If you graduate to a luxury brand, Bremont is the way to go. This brand has taken its inspiration from the military. Another good option would be Nomos Glashutte, an established German brand with a taste for the avant-garde.

Bling shouldn’t always be the main feature of expensive watches. The main factor that determines the price of the watch is labor, the amount of time and work that was invested into crafting it. The materials, whether we’re talking about gold or diamonds fall into the background. You should never spend an exorbitant amount of money on a watch saturated in jewels or precious metals. If you strip down all the bling, the mechanical part of the watch will probably disappoint you.

When you are trying to decide on the brand, have an open mind for the quirky and the avant-garde. You shouldn’t buy a watch just because it goes well with your suit, you have to feel comfortable and confident when you are wearing it, giving you that extra “it” factor that will help you in so many ways. Whether you choose a sports watch or a fashion statement, it should always be seen as an improvement in your style. You should not limit yourself to only one item, but rather you can alternate several types of watches depending on the occasion. Women already have a good grasp of this concept and men should embrace it as well.

Nobody knows you better than yourself, so why would you let somebody else choose a watch for you? It may not be a financial investment, but it sure is an emotional one. Often times a watch says more about the person that chooses it than you would think. That is the main reason why you should never let a friend or a relative buy the watch you will be wearing for the next five or ten years. This is your time to express yourself.

People often doubt their own taste and end up choosing for others, rather than for themselves. Your best bet is to trust your own instincts.Your taste is what matters the most, so choose a watch that is both comfortable and legible. These are the two main factors that will allow you to enjoy it the longest.

Technology is not always essential when it comes to watches. Extra functions such as a second time zone function or a chronograph can be useful, but, if you don’t know what these things are, ask yourself why and if you really need them. It may sound ignorant, but you have to take into account that complicated watches are much more fragile and can create more service problems. However, if you choose this type of watch, you should always have a few more in handy so that you can have something else to wear while the other one is in service.

Last but not least, you should never feel bad about rewarding yourself. If you can buy it, you deserve it. Practical purchasing doesn’t come closer than when you’re buying a watch. Take care of them and you will enjoy them for decades to come. Usually, a fine watch signifies an achievement, so why not be proud of your accomplishments and go out there and purchase the watch that will mark the new stage in your life.

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