I used to be a person that just looks for the watch that I really like looking at and be
done with it. But, little did I know that that kind of behavior is actually not suited for the
more sophisticated man.

A man should have at least three different watches to suit different occasions. That is
because you have to wear one that will accentuate your attire and not hinder it from
making you look suave.

Although it may seem daunting at first, especially if you have no prior experience and
knowledge, choosing the right men’s watches is actually not that difficult.

This article will serve as your watch buying guide as I will go over some important terms
and details that you should look for when purchasing a watch of your own.

Watch Movements

Have you ever seen a typical analog watch? You might have noticed that some have
their second-hands move in a smooth and sweeping motion and others have a more
staggered movement, Well, that is because not all watches are the same as they have
different mechanisms that will affect its movement.

Two of the most popular watch movements today are the Quartz and Automatic
movements.

A quartz watch (or movement) is one where the mechanism is powered using a small
battery. Quartz watches are inexpensive because their inner workings are not as
complicated to that of mechanical or automatic watches.

Because these timepieces are battery-operated, it is much more accurate in its
timekeeping functionality; making it a perfect accessory to tell the time.

Automatic watches are powered by your kinetic energy. For you to understand how an
automatic watch works, you have to first know how a mechanical watch works because
they are quite similar.

Mechanical watches would require to be manually wounded so that its mechanism will
turn to help tell the time. Unfortunately, the user would have to wind the mechanism
every day for continuous operation- something that is quite cumbersome for the
average user.

To help alleviate this problem, watchmakers have incorporated a self-winding
mechanism that is powered by a person’s kinetic energy. So long as you are wearing
the watch and you move constantly about, the mechanism will work as intended for
prolonged periods of time. As to how long the mechanism works, that will depend on
how the watch was made.
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You can easily tell if it is an automatic watch if its second-hand moves in a smooth
sweeping motion.

The 5 C’s

There are 5 different “C’s” to take note of when buying a watch. They are:

  • Chronograph – This is a watch’s stopwatch functionality. Although it is not required, it does look cool on others.
  • Caliber – A fancy term for watch movement
  • ComplicationWatch complications are just extra features that are added to the watch. Remember that the basic function of a watch is to tell the time. Moon phase calendars and chronograph are essentially called watch complications
  • Chronometer – If a watch has the word Chronometer engraved on its watch face, it just means that the watch has been thoroughly tested for accuracy
  • Crown – This is that little knob on the side that will help you adjust the time of your watch.