If you want to make an attempt to analyze the style of the man sitting in front of you, do not forget to look for the watch he’s wearing. This of course requires a certain knowledge of the most common watch models, but such knowledge can be acquired within a few months.
Before you even begin to look at a watch, you must know about their three basic movements, since their movement will dictate the quality of the watch, and subsequently it’s price.
Electronic watches: Kept accurate through the steady pulse of a carefully cut quartz crystal, and are powered by battery or an automatic winder.
Automatic watches: One that rewinds the mainspring of a mechanical movement (kinetic energy) by the natural motions of the wearer’s body. When not in movement, the generated energy (operating reserve) keeps the watch running. The operating reserve usually lasts from one to three days.
Mechanical watches: Self-winding – a rotor inside the watch moves freely in line with the user’s arm movements. The power from the rotor pulls up the watch when the watch is in motion. After about 7-9 hours of normal activity, the watch will have a power reserve of over 24 hours. If the timepiece doesn’t reach the required amount of movement, it will affect the timelines and stop when not used.
The decision for or against a particular watch is often determined by the future owner’s requirements and expectations. Those who need a sporty waterproof watch with all the extra gadgets and features will probably end up buying one of the more common and well known models.
However, those who wants to keep track of time and perhaps also with the date, is likely to choose a less conspicuous model.
Anyway, a watch should match the owner’s style. If one accounts for a relatively sporty style, there is nothing wrong in choosing a very sporty watch. For dark clothing it’s best with simple and elegant watches (suit watch).
Whichever watch you decide to acquire, you should choose a model that fits you arm structure. If, for example, one has small and slender wrists, it will seem out of place with a great dive watch.
In addition, one should also consider the buyer’s/wearer’s skin tone. Stainless steel, white gold or platinum, can light up magnificently on some, while it can seem pale and insignificant on others.
The question of what metal you want is not just a question of price. Before one makes a decision, one should also consider other jewellery that comes close to the watch, such as cufflinks or a ring.
The more you know about watches, the more carefully you will notice the watch one’s fellow man has or not. One can have different motives when buying a watch. It could be to impress or simply have a love for watches.
When it comes down to it all, a good watch is a solid and durable product but at the same time, it also is a sign that can be read and interpreted in a line of many other things. Therefore, do not let fashion and trends be the underlying reason when buying a watch, but keep in mind that it shall be used and enjoyed for as long as possible.
Examples of various watches:
The Classic Watch
The Diving Watch
(Breitling Chronomat 44, source:watchalyzer )
The Suit watch
(Omega Seamaster, source: Omega)
The Sports Watch
(Maurice Lacroix Pontos S, source: Maurice Lacroix)