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Five Things to Look for When Buying a Watch

Look for When Buying a Watch


When you’re in the market for a watch, it can be overwhelming. There are so many different options from wooden watches to jewelwatch and styles that it can feel like you need to know everything about watches before you start looking. However, if you know what to look for, finding the right watch can be easy! Here are 5 things to consider when buying a watch:

What is a movement?

At first glance, this may seem like a vague and meaningless term. But it's one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a watch.

A movement, also known as an "in-house" or "automatic" movement, is how the watch keeps time. A mechanical movement uses a series of gears to move power from the mainspring through a series of wheels that control all aspects of timekeeping: hours, minutes, and seconds. In contrast, quartz movements use electricity generated by a battery to power electronic circuits which then tell you what time it is on your wrist!

The dial

The dial is the main face of the watch, where you can see both time and date information. When selecting a watch, you should look for a dial that’s easy to read in any light. You should also consider what features are important to you when evaluating this part of the watch—is it water resistance? Does it have an alarm feature? Do you want your phone notifications on your wrist or not? Finally, consider how design elements such as color or texture might enhance or detract from the overall appearance of your new accessory.

When purchasing a new timepiece, make sure that its durability matches its price tag. A good rule of thumb is if it feels too cheap or flimsy in person (and there's no way around this), then don't buy it! If something seems off about something else about an item but cannot put your finger on what exactly makes it feel wrong then trust yourself!

The case

The case is the metal part of the watch. It protects all of its inner workings, and it should be made from a high-quality metal that will not tarnish or rust. Ideally, your case should also be durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear over time.

If you're buying online, avoid any watches with badly designed cases. This might mean that their cases don't fit well with their bands or straps (which we'll talk about later), but it could also mean that they've been poorly constructed in general!

The strap

The strap of a watch is the part that physically connects to your wrist, so it's important to choose one that allows you to wear the watch for long periods without discomfort. A good strap should also be durable enough to withstand physical activity and daily wear and tear.

Additionally, you probably want your straps to match whatever kind of outfit you'll be wearing with your watch on that day—or at least fit in nicely with what other people will be wearing (if not matching). This means making sure that they're stylish enough for all occasions but don't clash with anyone else's attire in any way. It may also mean choosing leather over plastic or rubber if excessive sweating is expected; however, many watches now come with replaceable leather bands which can be swapped out depending on where you plan on going and whether or not they'll get wet while there!

The brand

As you begin to shop for a watch, it’s important to consider the brand. In many cases, this will be one of the most important factors in your decision-making process. A reputable and well-known brand is often a sign of quality, value, and longevity; as such, it also raises questions about trustworthiness and reliability — all things which are important when making an expensive purchase like this one.

The best brands are ones that have been around for years — sometimes centuries — producing watches of high quality (and staying true to their design principles). Most people who own luxury timepieces want them because they want something that will last them forever!

When looking at different manufacturers' offerings online or in person on display at brick-and-mortar stores like ours here at Hirsch Jewelers & Co., keep these things in mind:

With a little extra research, you can find the watch that’s right for you.

When it comes to buying a watch, there are several things to consider before making your decision. You should take into account the size of your wrist and whether or not the watch is water resistant. Additionally, it’s important to consider your style when choosing a timepiece because each style serves a different purpose and conveys a different message about who you are as an individual.


Although it’s always best to buy a watch from a store, online retailers can be a great resource if you don’t have access to any stores near you. It's also important to know what type of watch you want before starting your search: do some research and look at different models on the market so that when it comes time for purchasing, you know exactly what features matter most. Finally, don't forget about aftercare! Though this may seem like an obvious tip for any purchase especially one as expensive as an item that needs maintenance every couple of years.

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