Watch Buying Guide

Timepieces have been around for years! Watches have evolved throughout those several years to the stunning timekeepers that they are today. There are several different varieties making the watch buying decision that much harder! Check out our helpful tips below to find that perfect accessory for your wrist!

 

Watch Movements

The movement of the watch is the inner workings of the watch that keeps track of the time. There are mechanical, automatic, and electronic watch movements that keep your watch running. A mechanical movement watch is where the watch is required to be wound up by hand or require wounding to run. An automatic movement watch takes the gravity to wind itself. An electronic watch uses the work of a quartz crystal vibrating to provide the presence of electricity.  This type of watch is powered by a battery.

 

Watch Features

  • Quickset: A feature in some watches that allow you to quickly change the date or day of the week on the watch without having to manually wind the watch by the hour.
  • Bezel: A bezel is the exterior ring that surrounds and holds the crystal in place. Several watches feature calibrated marking on the bezel or allow for unidirectional rotation. The bezel can also have gemstones or diamonds on it to give you some extra sparkle!
  • Dial or Face
  • Crystal: The protective cover of the dial or face of the watch. The most common types of crystals are made out of glass, acrylic, or synthetic sapphire.
  • Chronograph: Chronograph is the function of the watch that allows you to use it as a stopwatch.

 

Watch Care

Watches, just like jewelry, require regular care. We suggest cleaning your watch with a soft cloth to remove dirt and oils. Avoid exposing your watch to extreme heat or cold temperatures. Chemicals such as chlorine or even perfumes could cause damage to your watch. Take off your watch while bathing. If you are sporting a quartz watch, always keep your watch away from magnets to not damage the movement of the watch. When you are not wearing the watch always keep your watch is a protected cased or jewelry box.

 

Now that you've got the basics of watch care, lets take a look at jewelry care or head back to the Education Center