Choosing Your Watch
How do you choose a watch? By its style, its design, technological innovation, or by brand? The answer is inevitably a combination of all these factors. Ask yourself what you want the watch for. Of course, telling the time is the primary function but today you can choose a watch for every occasion. It is increasingly usual to own several watches - for day, for evening, for sports and for leisure. When
choosing a watch, you should take into account the brand and style of watch, which shape and dial suits you best, which movement you prefer and which additional functions you need.
When you’re choosing a watch, decide which style best suits the occasion or your lifestyle. This guide classifies watches into three styles – Dress, Fashion and Sports. A dress watch has a certain look and feel that makes it easy and comfortable to wear. Clean styling, elegant lines combined with precision timekeeping. With a wide choice of elegant bracelets and fine leather straps, a classic watch is ideal for day and evening wear. A fashion watch is more than just a timepiece, it's a true reflection of your personality and lifestyle. A sports watch is for the sportsman or woman who demands a watch that is tough and has specific functionality without compromising on style. Whether you're a diver or an athlete, whether you need a chronograph or a high level of water resistance, there’s a sports watch that’s right for you.
In addition to telling the time, a watch can offer a range of functions. Basic functions include seconds hand, day, date, dual time and alarm. More specialist functions include chronograph, a watch that tells the time and acts as a stopwatch, and tachymeter, a set of markings on the outside of a watch, enabling the measurement of the wearer's speed over a known distance. When making your choice, decide which functions you really need and which ones are simply an additional benefit. You may want your watch to have some form of water resistance. To fully understand the degrees of water resistance offered by watches, visit our section on Water Resistancy.
The term water resistance refers to the watch's ability to withstand splashes of water to varying degrees. Water resistancy is tested in "still", or static, conditions. So, if you dive into a pool wearing a watch which is 50 metres water resistant, the pressure impacted upon the watch on hitting the water will be far greater than that experienced at a 50 metre static test. Therefore, the number of metres shown on a watch face does not indicate the depth that the watch can be taken to. Caring For Your Water Resistant Watch
* The buttons on a water resistant watch must not be pressed whilst the watch is under water or still wet.
* Do not pull out the winder whilst the watch is under water or still wet.
* If the case, glass or seal is damaged, the watch should no longer be regarded as water resistant.
* If a watch is exposed to seawater, it should be washed well in fresh water and wiped dry.
* Batteries should be changed by the manufacturer or approved service agent so that the seal can be checked and renewed if necessary. If this is not done, the watch will no longer be guaranteed water resistant.
Making Your Decision
We hope our Watch Buyers Guide has answered a few questions to help you choose the watch that’s just right for you. In summary, you ask yourself the following questions:
* What do I want the watch for?
* Do I want a particular brand?
* What style of watch suits my lifestyle?
* Which dial do I like?
* Which functions do I need?
* Which additional functions would I like?
* How much do I want to spend?