Posted on by Shelleah Pedersen

As we mentioned in one of our previous articles, watches come in a variety of styles and can drastically vary in price. You can find watches for less than $10 while others can potentially bankrupt you.

When it comes to watches, you may have heard the term 'fashion watch' and 'luxury watch'. So, what's the difference between the two? Aren't they the same just offered at different prices? Well, no. In fact, they are quite different and it's worth knowing their differences before buying your next watch.

Whether you've ogled over them, dreamt about them or are even the proud owner of one, luxury watches have captivating appeal and undeniable power. They glisten in shop windows, intriguing us to come inside and experience finer tastes. Several popular 'luxury' brands that are well-known include Rolex, Omega, Hublot, Patek Philippe, Movado, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Montblanc, Audemars Piguet, and Lange & Söhne. 

Made with the finest materials, luxury watches come at a steep price but they are guaranteed to withstand the test of time. In fact, Rolex watches are typically passed down through the generations, ultimately proving their longevity. You will find that the cases of luxury watches are typically made with 18k gold, platinum, titanium, steel or ceramic. A luxury watch's glass is made of sapphire crystal which is both scratch-resistant and shatterproof. In both men's and women's luxury watches, it's not uncommon that they are adorned with precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Additionally, many luxury watches are hand-crafted, a skill that requires impeccable precision and patience.

As for fashion watches, you will find a diverse selection of cheaply made timepieces and even replicas of luxury brands such as Rolex or Omega. Some fashion watches are made with genuine leather while others are made with faux leather or other cost-efficient materials. The fashion watch's glass is usually mineral glass or acrylic. However, there are cost-friendly watches on the market that are made with a combination of sapphire crystal and mineral glass.

The prices for fashion watches vary, with the cheapest being $1 and the most expensive being several hundred dollars. It goes without saying that if you find a Rolex watch for $25, it will never be the real thing and can be considered a 'fashion watch'.

Of course, replicas are not the only type of fashion watches on the market. There are a number of reputable and trust-worthy brands that manufacture fashion and designer watches, such as Nautica, Timex, Lacoste, XOXO, Casio, Invicta, Seiko, Nixon, US Polo Sport, Guess, Michael Kors, Skagen, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Fossil, and Caravelle. Each of these watch brands offer products at various prices, with some being under $50 while others surpass the $200 mark.

It all depends on your personal style and when you wish to wear your watch. If you don't mind spending several thousands of dollars and you prefer a watch that will stand out and last for decades, you should likely choose a luxury watch with one of the above makers.

If you like to change your watches every few seasons and prefer spending less than $100 on a watch, then know that you can still get a decent watch. While you won't be able to go rock climbing or engage in extreme sports, you will be able to keep track of time and look stylish while doing so.

With Cristian Cole watches, we were inspired by luxury while also wishing to keep the price accessible to anyone. If you haven't seen our products yet, you'll be ecstatic to learn that we offer fine sapphire coated glass, stainless steel encasing and genuine leather straps, all at prices you wouldn't believe.