Posted on by Shelleah Pedersen

Believe it or not, choosing the right watch takes time and careful consideration. Consumers typically gravitate towards visually appealing watches or, nowadays, smartwatches that can do everything from placing calls to tracking your heart rate.

If you are like us, you prefer more traditional watches that are bold and elegant yet minimalistic. So, whether it's intended to serve as a symbol of affluence or is simply a stylish accessory, here are 5 things to consider when choosing a men’s or women’s watch.

1. Style
It's what draws you in and makes you say 'wow'. Whether it's the color, encasing, dial, hands, strap, rhinestone or diamond accents or it's movement (see Complications below), a watch's style and appearance are its main selling points.

Despite the release of smartwatches, a majority of watch-buyers still prefer traditional, minimalistic and classy watch styles for everyday use.

In fact, it's quite common to own multiple watches which can be worn on various occasions. A bold, diamond accented, leather or chain strap watch may be your go-to for formal events while a no-frills dial and mesh strap watch would be your go-to for a day at the office.

2. Strap Material
A watch's strap material can significantly contribute to its overall appearance and style. There are dozens of watch straps out there, with the most popular being genuine leather, chain, mesh or rubber. Different strap styles suit different tastes and needs when choosing a watch.

Those who prefer more traditional and fancy watches would typically choose between a genuine leather or chain strap. Whereas those who prefer more rugged and durable watches would choose a rubber strap.

3. Complications
If you know a thing or two about watches, then you know there's a lot more to them than just telling time. Depending on the style and brand, a watch can come with a number of complications (known simply as functions in quartz watches) that can contribute to its appearance and purpose as well as it's price. 

When it comes to movement, a watch can either have quartz or mechanical movement. You can tell if a watch has quartz movement by how its second hand moves. So, if it moves at individual ticks, the watch has quartz movement. Generally, these watches are very accurate and require minimal maintenance.

When it comes to mechanical movement, there is manual and automatic. Manual mechanical movement entails self-winding in order to create energy in the watch's mainspring. Automatic mechanical movement is similar, but you are not required to self-wind the watch if it is frequently worn. You can tell a watch has mechanical movement if the second hand moves in a sweeping motion. Typically, this movement is used for luxury watches.

Watches can also come with calendars, stopwatch capabilities (known as a chronograph watch), moon phase displays, and tourbillon (prevents errors resulting in a change of gravity).

4. Water Resistance

Do you find yourself always forgetting to take your watch off before a shower or when you are diving into the pool? If so, you may want to consider choosing a waterproof or water-repellent watch. 

Maybe, you live in a place where it frequently rains and you commute to work or school. If so, you may want to consider choosing a water-resistant watch. Yes, there is a difference between the two and it’s important to keep it in mind when choosing a watch.

When a watch is marked ‘Water Resistant’, it means that it is safe against humidity and can be exposed to a minimal amount of water. So, it’s okay if you get some water on it while washing your hands or if it starts to rain on your commute. However, it does not mean that it is safe to wear in the shower or in the pool. 

When a watch is waterproof, it means that it is able to be fully submerged in water for extended periods of time. So, if you happen to be a deep-sea diver and reading this, there are watches out there you can take down under.

For those of you who want a watch that can handle a moderate amount of water, there are water-repellent watches. Now, you can’t dive more than 1,000 meters with them, but you won’t have to worry about damaging your watch by wading in the pool or accidentally spilling a glass of water.

Speaking of water-repellent watches, our 'Chrono' watches are water-repellent up to 5 ATM (50 meters / 164 feet) and our 'Moonphase' watches are water-repellent up to 10 ATM (100 meters / 328 feet).

5. Price

Depending on the brand, a new watch can cost anywhere from a few dollars to $34 million. Yes, you read that correctly. The Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette is currently the world's most expensive watch with a mind-blowing price tag of £25,000,000 or $34,000,000.

Of course, there are quite literally thousands of watches which cost a fraction of that. However, if you want to ensure that your watch is of higher quality and has genuine leather straps, you should anticipate paying at least $100 or more. 

A wristwatch is a timeless investment that can stay with you for life. Well, the battery may not but replacements are affordable and quick. Wristwatches have been around for centuries and continue to be a must-own accessory by men and women around the world.