Do you remember when you got your first watch? The first watch I remember owning wasn’t much. It wasn’t really even a wrist watch since it clipped to my belt loop. That first watch only featured a minute hand, a second hand, and a date window but it was a starting point.
These days, few of us absolutely need a wrist watch in order to be able to keep up with time. Electronic devices with clocks and timers are all around us, and cell phones in particular have changed the way we think about men’s wrist watches. Since carrying a watch is no longer a necessity, that frees men to consider other factors when choosing a watch, and not just fashion.
Not that wrist watches don’t have their functional niches – for example, if you work or live in a rural area with poor phone reception, enjoy hiking or other outdoor sports, and particularly if you engage in scuba diving or water sports. In those situations, you may find that the same men’s wrist watch you wear on other occasions will do the trick, or depending on your needs, you might find a special watch (scuba dive watches, chronograph watches…) just for those activities with unusual requirements.
Shopping for Men’s Watches Has Changed
A few years ago, my idea of a good men’s watch was pretty straightforward: I shopped for a watch based only on the name and a need to have a watch that I could be proud to wear. As time progressed and I was earning a little bit more, I started thinking about buying a second watch and I found that internet watch sales have changed everything.
It’s more than just the discounted prices you can find online. You can learn an incredible amount about a watch before you buy, and acquaint yourself with the design and operation of watches online in a way that is just not practical in a store unless you happen to be in the business or a men’s watch collector yourself.
Watch straps or bands are often offered in metal, ceramic, or leather. Look at the quality of the clasp mechanism. Does it look sturdy, like it will stay fastened? Will it fit with room to accommodate your changing wrist size through the years or are replacement bands available?
Movement is the term used to describe the inner workings, whether mechanical or electronic, of a watch. Mechanical movements may be manual, where you wind the watch on a certain interval, or automatic, as with many newer men’ watches, where the normal motions of your wrist wind the watch throughout the day while you wear it. When you are not wearing it, a watch winder will keep the watch running, this video will show you exactly how a watch winder works!
Calendars and timers (or chronometers) are two of the most common features that can be found on the face of a men’s watch. More elaborate watches may also include tachometers, cycles of the moon or other less common functions.
Finding a Watch
The web makes this a great time to find men’s watches online. Without the rushing through the experience in a store where the staff may not even be familiar with every watch, you have the chance to pick a quality watch and take advantage of the lower prices that are offered online.