Watch Buying Guide

watch buying guide

There’s nothing better than putting on a shiny new watch for the first time, but searching for the right one to fit your needs can often be a long process. A watch is personal to the wearer, so it’s important to opt for a timepiece that fits in with your fashion sense and daily lifestyle to get the most value for your money. Here at Miltons Diamonds, we pride ourselves on sourcing the very best secondhand watches for men and women, so we know a thing or two about what to take into consideration when it comes to choosing your own. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new watch for every day, or a more durable type to wear for the gym or outdoors, our detailed men’s watch buying guide has plenty of information about what to look for in order to get the most out of your chosen timepiece.

How to Buy a Watch Online

Unless you already know exactly which type of watch you would like and where you wish to buy it from, it is likely that you could use a little guidance about the various ways to shop for watches online. While there are plenty of high-end outlets that sell an array of brand new watches from various brands, you also have the option of shopping second-hand too. Buying a pre-owned watch has the potential to save you a lot of money, and with many of the models on offer still in mint condition, it is an option that many buyers tend to choose when adding to their collection. 

Here at Miltons Diamonds, our website showcases some of our finest pieces, including pre-owned Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer and Cartier watches, so we’re sure to have a premium design that you love. Find out more about purchasing second-hand watches by reading our blog post ‘A Guide to Buying Pre-Owned Watches’ to make your buying experience a little easier. 

Types of Movements

The first element to think about when looking for a new watch is the type of movement that you would like. Also known as the calibre, the movement is what makes your watch tick, and there are a number of different options that you can choose from. 

  • The first of these is automatic, which creates a self-winding watch that doesn’t need a battery. This means that if they are worn daily, they keep themselves wound, removing the need to do this manually. 
  • The next is quartz, which is battery powered and use a crystal to ensure that they maintain their accuracy, offering precision time-telling.
  • There are also mechanical options, which use a spring for winding, which releases its stored energy to power the watch. While they are exceptionally accurate, they are usually not as accurate as the quartz watch.
  • Then there are eco watches, which are powered by sunlight, meaning that their batteries do not need to be recharged as this happens on its own as you go about your day to day activities.

Of course, the type of movement that you choose depends on your preferences and requirements as well as your budget, so it’s important to take these into consideration before you make your final purchase. For more information about what classes as a swiss watch, take a look at our blog post ‘Swiss Watches’ to find out what to look for on your search.

The Best Watches to Buy

formal watches

With so many unique designs out there, choosing the right watch to suit you can occasionally be a challenge, so it is useful to think about what you will be using your watch for and where you are going to wear it before you make a decision. We’ve put together a few useful tips on choosing the right watch for you, as well as some possible options for you to explore.

Watches for Work

If you’re looking for a new watch to wear every day, we recommend looking for a design that is comfortable enough for daily wear but is also sophisticated enough for you to wear for your working week. A leather strap is likely to be best as this classic style is a popular option for everyday wear, and it also adds an elegant touch to your look without being uncomfortable. A traditional Tag Heuer style or a showstopping Cartier design is guaranteed to impress your co-workers and make you feel at your very best.

Sports Watches

When you’re searching for a sports watch that is perfect for the gym or outdoor activities, remember that comfort is key and you should be looking out for a design that features a flexible strap. It is likely that rubber may be the best option when it comes to comfort and movability. You could also choose a watch with added features to assist you with your workouts such as a stopwatch or a tachymeter. Brands such as Omega offer a durable selection of watches featuring a flexible rubber or fabric strap, which ensures that they can easily be worn for long periods of time. Some manufacturers may even offer a watch with the outdoors in mind like the Rolex Explorer.

Formal Watches

For a watch that is perfect for wearing to a special occasion, think elegant and sophisticated. Classic bracelet straps in stainless steel are ideal for those looking for an occasion watch, and high-end brands like Rolex and Cartier are the perfect choices for premium dress watches. Rolex watches in particular offer some of the finest craftsmanship on the market, so their watches are sure to attract attention at any event or function. Ensure that you opt for a metal strap in a luxurious shade such as gold, steel or rose gold to create a suave aesthetic that is truly timeless.

For any buyers who are unsure of where to start when purchasing a designer watch, our luxury watch buying guide is made to offer you expert advice on the basics of watch buying as well as to offer tips on which styles are best for your lifestyle. 

Once you have your watch, you’re going to want to keep it in the best condition possible. By taking a look at our blog post ‘How To Clean A Watch’, you can learn how to keep your watch looking as good as new for years to come.

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