If you’re looking for a new watch, for yourself or as a present, then perhaps you know exactly what you want. Alternatively, if you don’t know what you want or what to look for, it can be hard to find the right one.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. You’ll want to decide when the watch will be worn. Is it for special occasions, for sports, or for everyday wear? You won’t want your everyday watch to be too brash for the office, and might not want your formal watch to be too understated.
2. You might need to have certain functions on your new watch. Perhaps you want one with the day and date, or a stopwatch, or it has to be digital. It can be easy to be spoilt for choice, so you might have to be careful to get the exact features you need.
3. Perhaps you’ve already decided what style and shape of watch you want. You might want a traditional round face, or a square or rectangular face. You might want a digital watch, or one that doesn’t need a battery.
4. You’ll want the display to be easy to read, so you’ll have to be careful that there aren’t too many dials and displays to get in the way. Although a watch covered in crystals or diamonds might look good, it might be hard to read in the sun.
5. The watch you choose might be intended as a fashion watch rather than a long lasting watch, so you might not have the same sort of requirements from it. The colour might be much more important than the brand, or the features. Alternatively, you might want something that will last many years, and still look as good and stylish as it did when you bought it.
6. Depending on your wrist, and what you want the watch for, you might have to be aware of the size of the watch. A large watch could look a bit silly on somebody with a narrow wrist, and a small watch could be very hard to read on a big wrist.
7. Some watches are quite heavy, and if you’re used to a slim digital watch, then weight could be an issue if you buy a stylish designer watch. You’ll want to make sure that you can still move your arm properly, and that it fits under your clothing well, before you buy it.
8. You new watch will need to be comfortable to wear all day long. Or you might need it to stay in place whilst you’re running or playing other sports. You won’t want it to start slipping, or for the strap to be too tight. Perhaps you already know what sort of strap you want too.
9. The colour of your new watch might be important to you too. Perhaps you want something understated and elegant that will go with everything, or you might want something more lavish that will stand out. You might also want to make sure that the colour and style of the strap is what you want too. Perhaps you don’t want a leather strap, or you might prefer a leather strap to a metal bracelet syle. Your strap might be in contrasting or matching colours to your watch, or you may prefer to choose a watch where you can change the strap depending on your mood and your outfit.
10. The price may or may not be a factor for you. If you want a fashion watch, or a sports watch, then perhaps you’ve decided that there isn’t much point in spending a lot of money on something that you won’t get a lot of wear from. Alternatively, if you’re looking for an everyday or formal watch, then you’ll want to make sure that it looks right, has all the features you need, and is comfortable, then you shouldn’t be too worried about the price.
Now you know more about how to choose the right one, perhaps now is the time to buy a new watch for yourself or as a gift.