If you are thinking of buying a wrist watch, pocket watch or locket on-line this article will give you some valuable information before you buy. First off watches have become one the most popular online purchases. There are a huge variety of styles and brands and it can be a bit confusing. Here are some guidelines that hopefully will make your purchase a bit easier and will help you narrow your choice.
First there is the issue of size. Newer men’s watches average from 38-42mm with some as large as 55mm. Just a few years ago the average men’s watch measured 32-35mm. Then there are rectangular watches which tend to be narrower than round watches and measure 28-34mm. If you’re taking pictures big watches tend to look better. But unless you have tried it on and like it, you should probably stick to the 40mm range.
Women’s watches have gotten larger too but many women wear men’s watches in this present day. This is because a large watch on a woman’s smaller wrist makes a bold fashion statement. The main measurements for a woman’s wrist is: Anything under 24mm is considered petite, average is 24-28mm, and large is 28mm and up. a ladies rectangular watch would average 18-22mm.
Mechanical v. Quartz. You may have heard the terms “mechanical”, “automatic”, or “quartz” watch but don’t really know what they mean or which is better.
A mechanical watch is a wind-up watch powered by a spring that turns a series of gears which turn the hands. It is the oldest technology and goes back several hundred years. Mechanical watches are popular with watch enthusiasts and collectors. A properly maintained mechanical watch which is of good quality can last a lifetime and become an heirloom.
An automatic watch usually refers to any watch with a battery and that doesn’t require winding. Generally most automatic watches are quartz watches.
A quart watch is an electronic watch which is powered by a battery, solar powered, or powered by kinetic energy. A good quality quartz watch is extremely reliable and accurate and is usually less expensive than mechanical watches. The maintenance involved with a quartz watch is occasionally changing the battery. The quartz watch is the usually the best choice for most people who simply want a reliable, inexpensive watch to tell time with.
Analog v Digital. Analog watches are watches with moving hands. a digital watch has a small LED or LCD screen that tells time in a digital format. The function of an analog watch is usually limited to time, day, date and can have a stopwatch and an alarm. Analog watches are considered to be somewhat more dressy and elegant and are more traditional. Digital watches frequently provide much more function than analog watches and can track walking steps, exercising and other movement and can have a number of apps. Some even have small cameras and can make phone calls.
Consider the Crystal. The crystal is the glass that covers an analog watch dial. Crystals are usually made of acrylic mineral glass or cultured sapphire.
Mineral glass is more resistant to scratching than acrylic but cannot be polished once it gets scratched, however it is relatively inexpensive to replace it. Most mineral crystal holds up pretty well.
The cultured sapphire is the hardest crystal and hence the most desirable. It is virtually impossible to scratch except by a diamond or another sapphire. They are usually more expensive than the other two, but stay looking better longer.
Japanese v. Swiss. The best watches in the world are made in either Japan or Switzerland. The Japanese are best known for their quartz watches. Casio, Seiko and Citizen are the largest Japanese watch manufacturers and are highly respected for their quality.
When you buy a Swiss watch look for the small label that says “Swiss Made”. This ensures the watch was manufactured in Switzerland. The Swiss have a minimal standard of quality required by the Swiss government. They are best known for mechanical watches but produce high quality quartz watches as well.
When you purchase a watch online, make sure you understand the company’s return policy so that you can return it if it isn’t what you expected. You should carefully inspect your watch as soon as you receive it, so that you can immediately report any problem to the company.
Keep n mind the many variations and considerations that go into purchasing a watch online. With careful consideration of the items found in this article you will have a more pleasant and enlightened experience, shopping for watches on the internet.