Of the few things that men obsess about, watches are one of them. It is the accessory they really flaunt. Hence, they are willing to spend any amount on a quality purchase. A good time teller makes a great gift option for a man. However, there are a lot of factors that must be considered when purchasing wrist watches for men.
What’s his lifestyle like?
The wrist watch you choose should work well with his lifestyle. Men who handle heavy equipment need a watch that will withstand the wear and tear of their job. Leather band wrist watches for men are among the most durable. Stainless steel straps also last longer. A sports enthusiast will prefer a watch with added functionalities such as measuring distance, digital displays, heart rates monitors, water resistant features etc.
Many men prefer to have separate watches for work and play; a metallic finish for everyday use and a classy leather strap version for formal occasions.
Size of the face
The dial on most wrist watches for men is bigger than that on ladies watches. The size should be in proportion to the size of the wrist. Standard size faces look very feminine. Thus, you should opt for larger ones. A 34-40mm dial works for men with thin wrists while the larger 46mm dials are designed for rugged wrists. How thick the dial is also determines how big it looks.
Quartz or Automatic
There are two mechanisms that drive a watch namely quartz and automatic. The first uses a quartz crystal to regulate the oscillator and is powered by a battery. A wrist watch with quartz movements does not need manually winding. The second is the automatic caliber. The movement of the wearer’s wrist winds the principal spring in the watch and powers it. Quartz watches are more accurate than automatic watches. There are mechanical watches too and you have to wind the pendulum manually.
Analog or Digital
Digital watches have LCD and LED dials; they display the time in a numerical format. Analog wrist watches for men are your traditional watches. They have the hours and minutes hand and with markers in numbers and Roman numerals.
Black, brown and tan are colors that are best suited for men. Silver, gold and platinum-plated watches are masculine in appearance but only dressier. They pair well with dress shirts and slacks. Bright colors such as red, blue, pink do not appeal to men.
There are other features that you can look for. They include:
• Stop watches
• Integrated GPS
• Lap counter
• Heart rate monitor
• Temperature recorders
• Altitude and tidal cycle reporters
The price is also a determining factor in your choice of wrist watches for men. The brand, the material and the design influence the price. Quartz watches are cheaper than automatic models. Vintage watches also cost more.
In addition to factoring in all these aspects, you need to pay special attention to where you buy the wrist watch from. The market is full of fake watches; imitations of high-end brands. Therefore, buy only from a reputable seller.
Above all, buy a good looking, functional watch that you can comfortably afford.