How to Buy a Watch: A Beginner’s Style Guide

Are you looking to buy a watch for yourself or for a special someone in your life? If so, you’re probably wondering which watch you should buy. After all, there are thousands upon thousands of styles to choose from, how are you supposed to know which one is right for you?

While you can always buy multiple watches, it’s nice to have one watch that is a wardrobe staple and that can be worn practically anywhere.

So, how do you find the perfect watch?

Check out this beginner’s guide to learn how to buy a watch.

Understand the Different Types

First things first, you need to understand the different types of watches available. There are three main types of watches: Analog, digital, and digital/analog.

An analog watch is one that depicts the hours using numbers, marks, or Roman numerals. It has both an hour hand and a minute hand. Analog watches are considered to be the more “classic” or “old school” option. They are great for formal business functions as well as dates.

You also have digital watches, which display the time in a numerical format on either an LED or an LCD screen. Digital watches are considered to be more modern and casual.

Lastly, you have digital/analog watches, which combine the two types.

Learn About the Different Materials

Now that you know about the different types of watches, it’s time to understand the different materials.

There are two parts of the watch in which the material matters: the band and the case. In some cases, the band and the case are made from the same material, while in other cases, they’re made from different materials. If you buy a super inexpensive watch, then you may not even get a case with your watch.

Here are some of the most common types of watch materials:

  • Leather: Leather is extremely strong, and it’s considered one of the most traditional watch materials
  • Titanium: Titanium is three times stronger than steel and twice as light. It’s also extremely resistant to corrosion
  • Ceramic: Ceramic is known for its hardness and strength. It is both heat and scratch-resistant
  • Steel: Steel is extremely resistant to rust, and is a great material for anyone who has sensitive skin

Learn About Movement Types

When choosing a watch, you’ll also want to consider the different movement types.

When we say movement type, we mean the power source of the watch. There are three types of power sources that a watch can have: quartz, battery, and mechanical. Here’s what you should know about each one:


Quartz watches tend to be a bit more expensive, but they are the most accurate movement type.

They also require very little maintenance.


If quartz is out of your price range, then you may want to consider battery, which is the cheapest and least luxurious of all the options.


Mechanical movement watches are either wound throughout the day according to the movements of the wearer or wound by hand. These are the most expensive and most luxurious movement type.

In fact, due to the intricacy of their design, these watches are prized by collectors.

Consider the Different Watch Glasses

You’ll also want to consider the different types of watch glasses. Here are the different glass types worth considering:

Sapphire Glass

Sapphire is the most durable glass option out there. It is also the clearest of all the glass options. Sapphire is extremely resistant to scratching. However, sapphire is extremely difficult to polish.

Typically, sapphire glass is used in making luxury watches and work watches.

Mineral Glass

The second-most luxurious option is mineral glass. While mineral glass is certainly stronger than plastic, it is not entirely scratch resistant.

However, mineral glass can be polished and coated to make it stronger.

Regular Glass

If you want a nice watch that will stand the test of time (pun intended), you should avoid regular glass.

This is because regular glass scratches quite easily.

Plastic Glass

You’ll usually find plastic glass on cheap watches that you buy at the supermarket or at a mall kiosk.

Plastic is very sensitive and scratches very easily, so it’s definitely not for the serious watch buyer.

Decide on a Budget

When buying a watch, it’s also very important to keep your budget in mind. Watch prices vary greatly, costing anywhere from a few dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Obviously, the higher the price the higher the quality.

While an expensive watch may seem like a waste of money, keep in mind that with the right maintenance, the value of a watch can appreciate over time, making it a great investment piece.

Consider the Brand

Once you have a budget set, you can think more about the brand.

There are hundreds of different watch brands out there, so it’s best to do your own research to find the right brand for your needs.

To find the right brand, we suggest reading online reviews and checking out the brand’s website, even if you’re planning to buy from a retailer.

If you plan to buy a watch second hand, check out this guide to learn about watch shopping for second-hand pieces.

Consider the Style

Style is another very important consideration when buying a watch. You can buy a watch that’s designed for work, sports, formal events, casual outfits, or going out.

So, before you buy a watch, think about what type of event you’re most often going to wear it for.

Consider the Features

Last but not least, you should also consider the different features of the watch.

Watches come with a lot of different features, including:

  • Time displays in other time zones
  • Temperature measurements in Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • Step counters
  • Calorie counters
  • Water-resistance
  • Sweat-resistance
  • Drop-resistance

When deciding on what features are important to you, think about the function of the watch. For example, if you plan to wear the watch while playing sports, then you’re definitely going to want one that’s sweat-resistant and drop-resistant.

How to Buy a Watch: Are You Ready to Buy Your Dream Watch?

Now that you know how to buy a watch, it’s time to start searching for the watch of your dreams.

And, if you liked this article be sure to check back in with our blog for more fashion tips and tricks.

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