8 Factors to Consider Before Buying an Expensive Watch

8 Factors to Consider Before Buying an Expensive Watch

QL Classifieds
By QL Classifieds

By Dipti Nair

If you think smartwatches are the future and the smartphone has replaced analog watches, think again. Analog watches have a timeless charm and style that cannot be replaced by their digital counterparts and you don’t have to be a watch enthusiast to appreciate that. Analog watches have meticulous craftsmanship and they are not just a fashion accessory but can also be a financial investment. However, choosing a premium, branded watch for yourself can be a daunting process. Here we bring for you a guide on the factors to consider before you acquire these timeless treasures.

Purpose of Buy

The first thing to consider when buying a new watch is the purpose of buying one. Are you a connoisseur looking to expand your collection or a beginner wanting to start a collection. Or you could be looking for a watch for a special occasion or even for regular use. Once you identify the purpose of a new buy, you can start to narrow down on your options.

Dress vs Sport

Do you prefer the timeless elegance of dress watches or the rugged functionality of sports watches? Dress watches are usually classic and understated and are designed to complement formal attires. These watches are discreet in style and size, and usually feature fine leather straps. Whereas sports watches are crafted for practical purposes like diving or flying and have bold designs, colors and various features like chronograph timers, tachymeters, water resistance etc. Identifying your personal style is crucial to making the right choice.

Size Matters

Consider your wrist size and personal choice when choosing the right watch size. Larger case diameters make a bold statement, have sporty designs and multiple functionalities, and are suitable for larger wrists, while smaller cases are ideal for petite wrists. Watches generally range from 30mm and under, to beyond 44mm. Ultimately, the right size is determined by how the watch looks and feels on your wrist, whether it meets your functional needs, and if it matches your style.

Strap vs Bracelet

Watch brands offer a range of bands, each with its unique features and styles. Choosing between a bracelet or a strap can contribute to the aesthetics and comfort of your watch. You can choose from various options like metal bracelets, leather straps, rubber straps, NATO straps, and bund straps for your wrist. Ultimately, the right band choice comes down to personal preferences, considering factors like daily wear, function, comfort, and the statement you wish to make.

 

Mechanical vs Quartz

Mechanical watches with their intricate craftsmanship are cherished by collectors, and use gears, springs, and various components, while quartz watches, which are more cost-effective rely on a small quartz crystal, offering more accurate timekeeping. The distinction extends to the type of movement within mechanical watches, categorized as manual or automatic (self-winding). Each movement type has its benefits and drawbacks, catering to individual preferences and lifestyles.

 

Price Range

Branded watches come in various price ranges and you don’t really have to break the bank to get a stylish timepiece. You can get affordable brands like high-quality Timex or Seiko under the QAR 2000 bracket. For under QAR 10,000, you can find well-crafted mechanical watches from brands like Autodromo, Longines, Oris, and Hamilton, as well as offerings from fashion designers like Gucci and Tom Ford. The top luxury tier for anything beyond QAR 10,000, is taken up by iconic brands such as Rolex, Omega, and Cartier. These are the watches that become family heirlooms passed down through generations.

 

Shopping Online

Buying watches online offers convenience, as you can order from the comfort of your home with easy delivery. It saves time, enabling online research and comparisons without the need to run from store to store. Online retailers also provide a vast selection with more affordable options. However, be wary that buying from unauthorized sellers can have potential issues in warranty and a difficulty in verifying authenticity with complicated returns process. Exercise caution as you could be dealing with unprofessional sellers and inaccurate product descriptions.

 

Pre-loved Buys

Luxury watches come with a hefty price-tag but if you want to own one of these iconic symbols of status and style, then the pre-owned market is your best option, where you can acquire prestigious timepieces at a fraction of the price of new models. You can also get limited editions or discontinued items. Do your research and ensure the watch comes with the original box and authentication papers.

A wide range of exclusive watches, both new, and pre-owned, are now available on Qatar Living Classifieds. You are sure to find one that suits your individuality, style and budget.

 

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