How to Choose the Perfect Watch

If you're buying a new watch, either to replace an existing watch, or as a gift, then you'll want to make sure you get it right first time. You might already have already decided what features you need, and what style you want, and have perhaps chosen your perfect exact make and model of watch. Alternatively you might not know what you want. Here's what you need to know.

1. What you want the watch for, will help you to narrow down your choices. If you're looking for a sports watch, then your requirements will be different than if you're looking for a dress watch.

2. Perhaps you know what features you need, such as a chronograph, or multiple time zones. You might need your watch to be waterproof, or display the day and date. By deciding what you need, you can make choosing a new watch much easier.

3. The shape and design of the watch you're looking for will be important. You might be looking for a watch to wear everyday for work, or a stylish watch to wear with a suit, or an evening dress. You might want to choose something fashionable that looks fantastic now, but might look a bit out date in a few years. Or, you might want to choose a classic style that will still look just as good in many years time.

4. You might have a specific colour requirement if your watch will be worn with your evening dress, or work suit. If you're looking for a more casual watch then perhaps you won't mind choosing a more colourful or bold design.

5. The strap material might be important to you. Perhaps you have good reasons for wanting either leather or metal. If you're choosing a sports watch, then you might want a waterproof rubber strap.

6. A big metal strapped watch can be quite heavy. If you're not used to wearing a watch, or are changing from a cheap digital watch to a stylish designer watch, then you'll want to check the weight before you buy it.

7. You'll want to make sure the size of the watch is appropriate. A big watch will look silly on a small wrist, and a small watch can be hard to read on a big wrist. If you wear a watch already then perhaps you'll have some idea as to what size of watch you'd like next.

8. The watch you choose needs to be easy to read, so that you don't have to squint to read it. Maybe you'll want numbers, or a big face, or black hands on a white face. If you're choosing a fashionable watch, then the shape or colour might be more important than how easy it is to tell the time.

9. You might have already chosen the brand of watch you want. Perhaps you've seen just the watch you want, or know what brands and styles suit you. If you're not sure, then you'll want to try different brands to see which one will suit you best.

10. The price of your watch may be less important to you than the brand or the style. Alternatively, you might be on a budget, and want to make sure that you get the best value for money. The best watch for you will be the one that has the features you need, is the right colour, and the right size. Surely it's better to spend a bit more on your watch and get what you want and need, rather than buy cheap and not get what you want?

Now you know how to choose the perfect watch, if you're looking for a present for yourself, or a loved one, you'll know how to make sure you get the right one.