How much should a quality watch cost?
The price of a watch does not determine the quality. There are many watch brands around today that claim to have luxury watches at a lower price point. Then, when you look at the reviews regarding these brands, you can see that this is nothing but trumpery.
On the other hand, there are many luxury watch brands today that have a significant mark up on their watches to ensure that they can maximize the profit of their organizational empires, as well as, having storefronts where you can buy their watches. Even though these companies may sell their watches at ridiculously high prices, this does not necessarily warrant greater quality.
The trickiest task is to find a trustworthy brand that uses great quality materials for their watches and sells them at a reasonable price. At the end of the day, you must like the watch; otherwise you won’t wear it.
The differences between Quartz and Mechanical Movements
If you turn over your watch and look at the back, it will say if the watch is Quartz, Mechanical, or Automatic. This refers to the type of movement that your watch has. The movement is the heart of your watch. It is the piece of art that tells the time.
- Quartz – This movement is battery operated and looks quite different from a mechanical movement. You will usually have to replace the batter every 1-3 years. But it keeps perfect time without having to be wound.
- Mechanical – This movement works without a battery and requires you to wind the watch each day to keep the watch running.
- Automatic – This movement is a piece of art, and is similar to the mechanical movement. However, this movement automatically winds when you wear it. It does this by incorporating a rotor attached to the movement that winds your watch. This watch should only require a service approximately every 5 years to ensure that it is working as it should.
What you need to know about your Watch Crystal
The watch crystal can make a huge difference to the longevity of your watch. Most watch crystals are made of either plastic or mineral glass. Quality watches are usually made with sapphire crystal. Sapphire is extremely strong and scratch resistant – making it the top choice for a fine timepiece.
You can tell if your watch has sapphire crystal in many ways including performing the water drop test. If you place a drop of water on the sapphire glass, the water will flock together, but the water will be divergent on mineral glass.
Understanding the Water Resistance of your watch
Depending on your needs, the water resistance can be pivotal in determining the right watch for you. The water resistance of your watch is measured in ATM; Atmospheric pressure. It is important that you have a watch with enough water resistance to meet your needs. Please see the below chart for information regarding water resistance.