Buying a Watch: How it fits your personality and where you are in life
A wrist watch is something very special. At first we probably buy it for the for the sole purpose of telling time. But after a while it becomes something more to us and we don’t feel right without it.
It is easy to get it right but even easier to get it wrong and at times, this can be a hard distinction to make.
Over the years I have purchased several watches. Mostly they were fairly complicated and covered with at least four “buttons” for time, date, 12/24 hour function, stopwatch function, etc., and I found I rarely needed these. These functions actually became quite frustrating when I couldn’t tell which instruction booklet went to a certain watch. Have you ever tried to read one of those booklets? It is written so small that I have to use 2-pair of reading glasses. Even worse, I have misplaced most of the booklets.
I found out that the best watch for me is a basic analog watch with one button for adjusting the time. No stopwatch, chronograph, altimeter, exercise apps, not even a day/date button as I usually know what day it is. Just a simple, yet classy watch. If I need to save an appointment I use my phone.
For others they want the glitz and glamour of a higher end watch and over time it becomes a part of them and as necessary as any other piece of clothing. On these higher-end watches I would recommend that a jeweler or other watch specialist give your watch a good cleaning and other maintenance-as-needed to keep it in good working order. After all, if you are going to make an investment in an expense or classy watch (whatever “expensive” is to you) you need to put forth some effort in maintaining it.
Will my simple watch last me a lifetime? Probably not. First of all it is not made to last a lifetime. I expect it to last a few years and then stop working. My tastes for a watch will undoubtedly change. I have already been drooling over some watches I saw in a magazine, and when I am ready I will purchase a higher end watch. Whatever watch I change to next I prefer the quartz movement as they normally last longer.
Children’s watches on the other hand aren’t made to last a lifetime as your child or teenager will outgrow it and tend to gravitate to a more “stylish” watch. In this case I would recommend a simple analog watch so that the young person will learn the fundamentals of telling time. Some children’s watches can be quite fancy with many gadgets on them. These may best be saved for an older child or young teenager.
Bottom-line: Different watches “fit” different people and are used for different purposes. When you have purchased that “perfect watch” it tends to become a part of you over time and becomes as important as the shoes you wear. Choose carefully and don’t be surprised when you have a desire for a different watch, One that will fit your current station in life like a glove.