Watch

A watch is a timepiece, typically worn either around the wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket.

Terms

  • Movement

  • Crystal

  • Dial

  • Case

  • Crown

  • Bezel

  • Lugs

  • Buckle

  • Vintage
    • Means at least 30 years old
    • Less accurate, require lots of servicing

Style

Occasions to wear a watch:

  • Dress
  • Casual
  • Sport

Kinds

Quartz

  • Basically mean watch runs on a battery
  • Ticking hand indicates a quartz movement

Mechanical

  • More traditional

  • Automatic
    • Fully mechanical movement
    • Metal rotor rotates around movement, winding the watch
    • Rotor will move when watch is in motion
    • Watch will run off various motions of wrist
    • Second hand should move a few times a second
    • “Self winding”

Considerations

  • Size

  • Material

  • Price
    • Less than $300 is something replaceable
      • Should pay over $100.
        • A watch is a man’s only real accessory.
    • More than $2000 is precious enough to maintain

    • Anything else is garbage

    • If needed for utility, spend $30 or less

Brands

  • Low End
    • Timex
    • Casio
    • Swatch
  • Low - to Mid Level
    • Sekio
    • Skagen
    • Citizen
  • High end
    • Rolex
    • IWC
    • Cartier
    • Brietling
  • Recommended
    • Low End
      • Sekio 5
      • Citizen Eco-drive
      • Timex Easy Reader
    • Mid/Low end
      • ETA-based hamiltons
      • Tissots
      • Longines

Tips

  • Avoid replicas

  • Watches are a depreciating asset
    • Luxury watches however will always be worth something
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