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4 Useful Tips to Help You Buy a Quality Timepiece

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4 Useful Tips to Help You Buy a Quality Timepiece

Christine Sullivan November 18, 2019
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As a watch collector, there were some important lessons that I learned the hard way.
Just last week when I was in Hong Kong, I spent $500 on a watch that I didn’t want to
use. It looked really good on the surface, but upon closer inspection, the mechanisms
that are in play to operate that thing is not something that I want to see on a daily basis.

I know, looking for a watch goes beyond merely looking at a timepiece. A watch can be
used not only as a fashion statement, but as a symbol of your social status and wealth
as well. Not to mention that some watches have features that specific people need. For
instance, runners can use a chronograph watch to help them keep track of how many
minutes they’ve run, as well as measuring the laps too.

If you are going to buy a timepiece, you’ve got to be prepared. Whether you are looking
for a men’s watch or a suitable watch for women, you have to know some things first
before you go ahead and make the purchase.

In today’s article, I will give you some useful tips to help you buy a quality watch for

Learn More About the Different Watch Styles

Before heading out to buy your quality timepiece, it is important that you be educated
about the different styles of watches. There are specific watches that were specifically
made for certain situations and I would really encourage you to learn more about
Horology or the science and study of time.

The reason why I want you to learn more about different watch styles is so that you will
understand why there are some watches that are priced way differently than others.

Take mechanical watches, for example. You cannot find one that costs just $100 or
below because the creation of its mechanisms requires technical virtuosity. Skeleton
watches are in the same boat in the sense that it takes a lot of time and manpower to
create a single timepiece where the inner mechanisms can be visibly seen.

You will also find that there are different watches that suit different occasions. For
instance, an aviation watch is perfect for pilots as it comes with its own tachymeter and
altimeter to know the specific information that will be helpful for such use-case.

Be Wary When Buying Watches Online

I’ve had a lot of experiences of fake watches when buying online that is why it is
important that you know the reputation of the dealer, as well as their own companies (if

The good news is that you can easily find information about prominent watchmaking
companies online. I suggest that you dig up some information first before making the
purchase. Social media is also a great place for you to find out more about a particular
watch dealer, for example.

Understand the Economics Behind the Pricing

You have to understand that there are certain things in play that help affect watch
pricing. Consider the brand, the technical virtuosity and craftsmanship, as well as the
different aspects of the watch you are looking for.

You can categorize watches based on their prices. Watches that are on or below $250
are considered as consumer watches and are typically the category where most people
fall in.

Next is the $1000 price point and this is where brand enthusiasts reside. Next to that
are the luxury watches where the prices may range anywhere between $2000-$10000
and anything higher than that are considered as ultra-luxury watches.

You need not concern yourself with the last two price points, though if you have the
money, you can buy any watch you want.