A watch is not merely a simple gadget that tells the time as it can actually do a lot of things. Ever since they were created by horologists back in the day, watches have evolved to include many different features and the mechanical nature of some watches has evolved to included LED digital displays.

Obviously, the massive influx of new watch designs and features might make the decision of buying your own watch difficult. Whether you are buying an automatic watch
or quartz, there are certainly plenty of options to choose from.

If you are planning to buy a watch anytime soon, read further to find out some tips on how to choose the perfect one for you.


Watch Movements

If you are buying an analog watch and not those new-age digital watches, then you are going to have to look at the watch movements. There are actually plenty of different watch movements out there but we are only going to focus on two: Automatic and Quartz.

Before anything else, automatic watches are under the umbrella of mechanical watches in that it has a mainspring that makes the entire mechanism turn to tell the time. It is then powered by a rotor to keep the mainspring winded down to ensure continuous operation. Sure, it doesn’t require a battery to operate but instead, it will require kinetic
energy, so you must wear the watch pretty much for the majority of the day so that the spring keeps winded down. You can tell if it is an automatic watch if the second-hand has a smooth sweeping motion. That and some watches include the word “Automatic” on the watch face to indicate such.

Quartz watches, on the other hand, are battery-operated which means that you do not have to worry about wearing the watch for the majority of the day. You do have to change the battery from time to time if it runs out but that is pretty much it. It is characterized by its second-hand having some staggering movements.

Watch Components

Here are some of the components you need to be aware of when buying a watch:

Bezel

This is the outer ring that surrounds the watch. It has three different types: Unidirectional, Rotating, and Fixed. Unidirectional bezels are great for divers to help them tell the time. Rotating Bezels are great for reading elapsed time. And fixed bezels, as their name implies, cannot be turned but are mostly covered in many different decorations instead

Dial

The thing that makes the watch tick. This includes the hour, minute, and second hands are accentuated by numeric markers to help tell the time

Crown

It is a small button that can be used to adjust either the time or the date of the watch

Lug

These are top and bottom protrusions that serve as a locking mechanism for the watch strap

Aperture

Not all watches have this but they usually are those that provide small displays that tell other information

Sub-Dials

Prominently placed in chronograph watches, these are smaller dials that can do different functions.