The best Men’s Watches for any Budget
a simple guide to choosing the perfect watch
Whether you are a man or you are shopping for a man, a quick guide to men’s watches is in order. It’s the Christmas season and the time for gift-giving. A watch is or should be, a large part of a man’s wardrobe.
Watches are classic accessories, and a masculine timepiece is something every man should own. They’re functional, and in many cases, they complete the ensemble, adding style and sophistication.
There are many different styles, but they can usually be grouped into five categories: dress, field, dive, aviator, and driving. Dress watches are thin and allow for movement in and out of the cuffs of a dress shirt. Many times, these can cross over into business or business casual wear, depending on how ornate they look.
Field watches are durable, and typically designed for the rigors of work. They were originally designed with simple numbers that are easy to read so soldiers and other people who rely heavily on time can see them at a quick glance.
Dive watches are water resistant and meant to be used in or near water. Aviator watches were designed with pilots in mind. Their hands are luminous and can be seen easily, even in a dark cockpit. Driving watches are also easy to read quickly and are designed for professional drivers.
The watch you choose should match your style and your everyday routine. You work hard, thus you need a watch that will do the same, and be able to withstand heavy use. If you work in an office, you might want something that can cross that line from business casual to casual. If you have to wear a suit and tie every day, you likely will need a different watch for work than you have for play. Your watch should be classic, sophisticated, professional, and dressy.
There are three types of watch movements: mechanical, automatic, and quartz. It’s important to know the difference when shopping for a watch, so you know how they work and what kind of maintenance is involved. Mechanical watches are powered by a mainspring and need to be wound regularly. They’re expensive, require upkeep, and aren’t as accurate as quartz. However, they are elegant, and the smooth movement of the hands on the face add an air of sophistication to your look.
Automatic watches are also powered by a mainspring, but they wind themselves as you wear them. It requires less maintenance and still offers the same smooth operation as a mechanical watch. Quartz watches are battery powered. They’re the cheapest kind of movement available, they’re accurate, and they’re usually the most affordable.
Men’s watches are measured in millimeters. This measurement refers to the diameter of the watch’s face. The average measurement for a men’s watch is between 34mm and 50mm. Most men look great in something in the range of 34mm-40mm, but some men can get away with an attention-grabbing 50mm.
You don’t need Rolex money to sport a nice watch. Many watchmakers offer classic, vintage, elegant, or sporty styles well under that hefty price point. However, it is important to consider your watch an investment, especially if you want it to last. If you would rather keep up with the latest trends or have a variety of watches that you can pair with anything you want to wear, pick up a few watches that are less expensive, that way you have more options.
Watches are a personal style preference, but understanding what’s available in the way of men’s watches and how they work will give you a better idea of how to shop for them and what to look for. I am sure, you will find the perfect watch for him…