For the purchase of watches, I believe this is a problem that many wicked people who want to be able to watch are confused, especially for watch novices. Below I want to explain to you how to choose the right watch within your budget.
Because it is entry-level knowledge, the main discussion is the “entry-level luxury” watch, the price is above $300 (not capped).
Watches for $300 (including more than $300):
This price range may be wider to watch selection. For some people, the $300 amount is huge, and for others, it may be insignificant. If you belong to the former, the following content will help you.
1, sapphire lenses
The sapphire lens is mounted on the watch case to protect the dial from a transparent crystal. Most of the watches used are such lenses, which are made of mineral glass and are abrasion and scratch-resistant. The better the quality of the watch, the less susceptible the lens is to cracks.
2, a solid metal shell
After getting a watch, watch carefully and you will find that the quality of some cheap watches is not very good. Ordinary Swiss watches generally use 316 steel, and some use 912 steel, and the popular Rolex uses 904 steel. In addition, the case and bracelet links should be made of solid metal sheets instead of other common materials such as plastic or others.
- Swiss movement or Japanese movement (Japanese watch)
Switzerland is the birthplace of high-quality watch movements, and Japan is also strong in this regard. But there is a difference between the two. The movement of most Swiss watches comes from ETA, and the quartz movement comes from Ronda. Japan’s quartz movements perform better, usually from manufacturers such as Seiko, Citizen, and Casio. If the movement of a watch is not Japanese, then its movement is mostly Swiss. Japanese watches with Japanese movements tend to have the highest price/performance ratio, but there are quite a few other brands in the world that use Japanese movements.
- Is the watch component firm?
When you get a watch, you first feel it is solid from the whole. Of course, careful examination is required, including whether the strap and the wrist are attached, and the strap preferably has room for contraction. Put on your watch and see if the buckle is easy to use. If it is a watch with a rotating ring, it is best to twist the lower ring. At the same time, listen to the sound of the watch, do not appear extra noise.
5, watch design
In general, there are two types of people who design watches, one is a watch designer (a watchmaker), and the other is a designer in other industries. The best watches use the most basic watch design principles, and the pursuit of the value function and form design is consistent. At present, many fashion models look good, but the design is not satisfactory, and some watches even have wrong marks on the dial. A watch is a tool for decoration, so be sure to match the size of the wrist when choosing the size of the dial.
Usually, the cheap watch uses a metal bracelet and a single-lock buckle, and the buckle directly snaps into the bracelet. A good watch uses a double or triple lock (folding buckle).
This concept is rather vague, because some people prefer heavy-duty watches, while others prefer lighter ones. The new material that has just appeared is lighter than steel, but at this price, it is most likely not of high-quality titanium. At this price, you can only find a general steel material. The heavier means the use of high-quality steel and the sturdy structure of the watch, so feeling the weight of the watch is also one of the ways to prove that the watch investment is reasonable.
8, signature or logo
Good watches pay great attention to the details, and each watch has been designed with great care. Many watches can see brand signature imprints, which are usually found in four places on the watch: the bottom cover, crown, clasp or strap. The way to “sign” can be different, but at this price level, you should use light laser engraving. High-priced watches have logos and graphics engravings. Cheap watches are usually displayed at the crown, which makes it clearer, but not unique.
9, luminous instructions
Not all watches have a luminous indicator function, but almost all sports watches will have it. The quality of the luminescent coatings varies widely. Early use of radium salts to make luminescent coatings, but due to the dangers caused by the radioactive properties of radium salts, is currently replaced by strontium. Recently, it has been replaced by a super-luminous coating that does not oxidize and is not hazardous to radioactivity.
10, unified pricing
Pricing must be considered when purchasing a watch, as many watch manufacturers indicate that the retail price has a price range. The retail price is only a limit, even if the authorized retailer says they have given you a discount. Some watches have only one or no discounts, but most watches, especially at this price level, will have a relatively low retail price. For example, the retail price of a watch is $500, and most retailers sell for $400. When buying, make sure to shop around for $400 instead of $450. What we mean by unified pricing means that prices do not change much.