A man’s watch says a lot about him. It combines both beauty and functionality and should last a lifetime. It finishes every outfit perfectly, including office attire, formal suit and casual clothing on days off. Every man should own at least one watch, and if you’ve never bought one before, now is the time to start browsing. We’ve written about how to buy high end watches for cheap a while ago. Buying a fine watch doesn’t mean you’ve got to go into debt!
Before buying a used watch
Buying a pre-owned high-end watch from an established dealer is a smart way to buy a watch. You’ve got the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve bought the right (authenticated) watch at the right price. If a fine watch’s price is too good to be true, the watch is probably fake. Start with these steps:
1. Identify the type of watch you want. For example, if you’re after a used Rolex, become educated about all the qualities of the Rolex model you want to own. Learn about any distinguishing marks of an original. You’ll quickly learn about how to buy with confidence.
2. Visit a qualified dealer with a selection of watches that have been traded-in as they trade-up to other watches. Retailers like George Pragnell offer high-end watches that have been fully serviced and fitted with new straps.
3. It’s fine to compare prices online but, because the online environment doesn’t allow for verification of an authentic fine watch, it’s best to take your time in collecting information. A reputable jeweler is often the best deal in the long run, because your watch’s model number-serial number are on record. Older fine watches should also come with documents in the event that repair is ever required.
Before you enter the jewelers, it’s important that you have some idea of what you’re willing to spend. Watches vary hugely in price, and some of the designer names like Marc Jacobs and Gucci are priced more cheaply than established watchmakers like Zenith and Omega. If you have an appropriate budget, it’s always a good idea to choose a Swiss-made timepiece. The Swiss have a long tradition of watchmaking and you can always guarantee the quality of a Swiss-made watch. Consider how often you’re planning to wear your watch and adjust your price range accordingly. A watch that is worn every day will earn its price back over the years.
Leather and metal watch straps can both look wonderful. Metal is more durable and long-lasting, and is better for watches that are worn with suits. Leather straps on watches are popularly seen as more casual, and may need to be replaced over the years. If you do choose a watch with a metal strap, make sure that the metal color matches any jewelery that you already wear.
Personality and Lifestyle
A man’s watch should reflect his personality and how he lives. For example, a sporty man may like the idea of wearing an almost indestructible watch. An artist may prefer to wear a sleek antique wristwatch or even a pocket watch!