Watches Buying Guide
Watches are not just for keeping time they are status symbol for men and fashion statement for the ladies. The latest watches are crafted with jewels and precious metals which portrays elegance and prestige. Just like jewelry and apparel compliment the occasion, watches do the same. When buying a watch there are certain things that should be kept in mind like budget, use of the watch and personal preference about material. This article will help you to understand the variety of watches that are available and which style of watch is suitable for you.
- Case material: Case materials are mostly designed in stainless steel, gold and platinum. Stainless steel is the most common as it is durable, hard and has anti corrosive properties making it ideal for sports watches. Other alternative to stainless steel is titanium, twice as hard and much lighter. Gold case gives sophisticated and attractive look; it is used in expensive watches. Platinum is the most exclusive metal used for watches, it is extremely rare metal with excellent heat, wear and corrosion properties. It conveys ultimate prestige and wealth, creating discrimination between other watches.
- Band Material: For band material customers can go for bracelet or bands. In bracelet same options are available as in case material.one advantage of bracelet is that it does not wear out quickly. Bands fit around the wrist and are more comfortable than bracelets, which slide against the wrist. They are available in nylon, leather, and synthetic fabric. They can also be replaced easily if worn out.
Watch Movement TypesThere are three types of moving mechanisms in a watch, quarts, mechanical and automatic.
- Quarts: Quarts are commonly used watches. They consist of small piece of quartz that oscillates at 32000 vibrations per second when current passes through it. The advantage of quartz is they are cheap and does not require winding only replacement of battery needed every year or two. They are available in three type's analog, digital and anidigi.
- Mechanical: Mechanical are expensive watches as their mechanism is complex. They depend on a spring to provide energy to an oscillator as it unwinds. The spring is wound by hand using crown, located on the case. These watches can last for decades.
- Automatic: Automatic watches have mechanical movements that harness the energy produced by the wearer's arm to wind the spring. So, a person does not need to manually wind the watch every day. It is recommended to adjust the time every 1 or 2 weeks.
- Case sizing: Case width of a men's watch is around 40 mm in diameter. For ladies there is wide variety of case from 25 mm to 45 mm, mostly depending on the latest trend.
- Band Length: The length of men's band varies from 7.5 to 8.5 inches, while women's watches band length varies from 6.5 to 7.5 inches.
Different Types of WatchesThere are several types of watches available in the market. Each has its own purpose and charm.
- Analog watches: Analogues are classic watches that use traditional time telling "needles";. They can be either mechanical or automatic.
- Chronograph watches: These are similar to analog but use sub dials to keep track of seconds, minutes and hours.
- Digital watches: Digital watches displays time in numeric form that displays on LCD or LED.
- Sports watches: These watches are designed for outdoor activities and mostly made of rubber. They are water resistant and can withstand shocks.
- Luxuries watches: Luxury watches made from gold and platinum. Sometimes diamond and other jewels are crafted into the case.
Published by: Kimberly John on Apr 13 2013