Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How to Choose the Perfect Watch

The best approach to finding that perfect watch is first understanding the lingo involved. There are 5 key terms you need to know to get started.

1. Complication
Any function of a watch that goes beyond simple timekeeping. Could be an annual or lunar calendar, could be something as basic as a stopwatch.
2. Movement
All those bits and pieces inside that run the thing.
3. Quartz
A movement powered by a battery and regulated by the oscillations of a quartz crystal. It’s way more accurate than other watch types—which isn’t to say we necessarily recommend you buy one.
4. Self-winding
A type of mechanical watch, containing a rotor on a pivot, that’s wound by the day-to-day movements of the wearer’s wrist. It’s also referred to as automatic.
5. Water-resistant
Just because a watch says it’s water-resistant doesn’t mean you should swim or shower with it on. To be safe, only do so if it’s water-resistant up to one hundred meters.

Now that you know the lingo...

The best watch is a classic. Some designs you can't go wrong with include Rolex, Omega and Cartier.

If you want to go with a more laid back vintage look here are some tips:
Buy from a reputable dealer whether you are looking to buy a $500 or a $50,000 watch. The International Watch and Jewelry Guild and Jewelers of America are among the best trade organizations out there.

Ask for papers. If you have the original serial numbers and documentation used they can add enormous value to your new to you watch.

Maybe a classic or vintage just aren't your style. Check out this article from Men.Style.com for more ideas.

One way to tell time while still staying fashionable are these Retro Deco Watch Cufflinks.

Actual working watch cufflinks in a funky art deco design. Shiny rhodium plated silver casing houses a real working clock on a black face.

Cufflinks by Tateossian London and available at www.CuffLinks.com

To shop other watch cufflinks click here.

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