Contrary to what a lot of people are saying, wristwatches are here to stay. Sure, you can say that there are a lot of smartphones out there that have a basic timekeeping function and, for the most part, it does what it’s intended. But, no one can argue the charm that your traditional wristwatches can provide.
This is especially true when we are talking about men’s watches. A wristwatch is simply an accessory that makes a man more dashing and handsome. Take a look at any man that is not wearing a watch to get my point.
Now, my opening statements may have convinced you to get a new watch of your own, but what are the things that you need to know first before making the purchase?
It is What’s On the Inside that Counts
There are a lot of different watches that have their own unique styles and designs, but the most important thing that you need to consider is the watch movement. Also known as the watch’s calibre, you could say that it is the beating heart of the accessory itself.
When you are going out there to buy a watch, you need to concern yourself with two popular watch movements: Quartz and Mechanical. Mechanical watches can be further divided into two: Manual and Automatic. For the purpose of this article, I will only use automatic watches for the said category.
With those things being said, what is the difference between the two? Well, the Quartz movement was invented by Seiko back in the 60s. They are regarded as the more accurate watch simply because its mechanism is powered by a battery. Not only that but you only have to replace the battery every so often (around 1-3 years, depending on the complexity of the watch).
You will know if the watch uses the Quartz movement if it moves in a staggered way (inducing that familiar “Tick-tock” sound).
Automatic watches, on the other hand, are defined by their smooth sweeping motion.
That is because its mechanism requires a set of springs and gears to make the movement.
For automatic watches, what separates them from the manual mechanical watches is the presence of an oscillating rotor that helps automatically wind the mainspring to ensure continuous operation. What powers the rotor, you ask? Well, your natural hand movements.
That’s right, if you just wear your automatic watch, it should hold enough power to keep its operation unhindered. These watches have a built-in power reserve that will hold enough energy to last it for a couple of days (especially if you are not going to wear them for some reason).
Which Style Suits You Best?
The beauty of wristwatches is that there is always a style for everybody. If you want to look dashing on your tuxedo or business attire, a dress watch would be something that I would highly recommend.
If you want a tool watch that is specifically made for diving, you’d want to have a divers watch. It was developed in the 1950s by Rolex by creating their ever-popular Rolex Submariner. The cool thing about the Submariner is that it is elegant enough that you can wear them even when you are donning a formal attire.
Originally built as a standard-issue timepiece for the army, field watches have now become one of the best watches for more rugged lifestyles. You can buy them with a variety of straps and they look really nice when you install a NATO strap.
Basically, choose a style of watch that not only fits your lifestyle, but also the occasion that you are going to.