Are you a millennial who has been completely awestruck by the fashion watches as a trending accessory? It might be new to you, but watches have been around as a luxury fashion accessory since over a century. In fact, only the high and mighty were privileged enough to own watches back then and most of those watches are still running in their respective families as a legacy. The class and sophistication that a good watch exudes are unmatched and unparalleled by any other fashion accessory. Interestingly, watches are also one of those accessories that have a technology aspect to it as well. Unlike other fashion accessories, which are solely evaluated on their aesthetics, technology plays a key role in determining the kind of watch that you will be buying.

The most interesting part about shopping for a conventional watch is that regardless of how tech-savvy you are with all the knowledge about smart technology, the conventional watchmaking craft is entirely a different ballgame and majority of the digital generation is clueless about how it works. You do not just walk into a watch store and pick a watch because you fell for a pretty looking chronograph. There is a lot more that goes in to watch buying. Here is how you can pick a perfect watch for yourself.

The Budget

Fortunately, gone are the times when you had to be rich in order to be able to wear a watch. Today, wrist watches are readily available in the market for people with all kinds of preferences and purchasing power. That being said, it is still important that you define your budget before you even begin your watch shopping. Carry out market research about different watches available in different price categories and see what fits your budget more closely. Setting a budget beforehand will save you a lot of time and hassle and will help you filter out irrelevant options. There is no point walking into a Rolex store if you are not intending to buy anything from there.

Movement

Once you are clear about how much you are willing to spend on your watch, it is time for some tech business. The technology that your watch uses is going to be the most important factor in deciding exactly what you should be looking at. When it comes to conventional analog watches, there are typically three different watchmaking technologies: Automatic, Mechanical and Quartz. These technologies are known as movements because they can be distinguished by the hand movement on the watch. Quartz watches are famous for their classical ticking movement, while the automatic and mechanical ones have a silent sweeping hand movement.

Another major distinctive factor between Quartz and the other two technologies is that Quartz has a very short battery life, while automatic and mechanical watches can function for life without needing any battery change. For this reason, most watches that are passed on to forthcoming generations are either Automatic or mechanical watches. While mechanical and automatic watches are majorly similar, the basic technological difference is that mechanical watches need to be winded manually to keep them running, while automatic watches get winded automatically as your wrist moves. Interestingly, despite an exceptionally lower price range compared to the other two counterparts. Quartz is the only technology that has 100% time telling accuracy, while others lack accuracy by a few seconds. Therefore, if you are specifically finicky about accuracy issues then you know what you should be picking up.

Types of Watches

Type of watches
Type of watches

Another very interesting aspect about watches is that they are not merely designed to serve as a fashion accessory, but have different dedicated variants that are meant to serve a different purpose. Some of the examples of different watches include fitness bands and smartwatches, sports watch, divers watch, Mechanical watches, pilot watch, sailors watch and a few others. There are also waterproof smartwatches available in the market.

These watches are named as such because they are designed to serve the given purpose.

Straps

watch Straps
watch Straps

Although straps are pretty much part of the design aesthetics, they are often designed keeping in view the functionality of the watch. Wristwatches today are available in a number of different straps such as bracelets, textile rubber, and leather. Pay attention to how you plan to use your watch and a pick a strap accordingly. For example, you will not be wearing a bracelet strap such as a Tag Heuer Link to your fitness club.

Dial

With everything else sorted, it is time to pick your dial. When it comes to dials, it is very important for you to try the watch on your wrist so that you can have a clear idea as to what looks good on your wrist. Just because a certain dial looked great on James Bond’s wrist does not mean it will look equally good on you.