In a Timely Fashion: Choosing Your Watch (Guest Post)

A good watch is meant to last the wearer a lifetime. It is both useful and a stunning piece of jewellery in its own right. Many wearers say that their watches make statements about their personal style and even about facets of their character. Your timepiece can be as big and flashy or as slim and discreet as you like, but make sure you know what you want from your watch before you even walk into a jeweller’s. If you’re sporty, pick something with large, easy to read dials, timers, alarms and the appropriate level of water resistance. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a watch purely for its aesthetic value as long as you’ve done some research into the brand. Established names are meaningful when it comes to superior timepieces.

Swiss is best 

‘Swiss made’ means that the watch’s movement (the mechanism that powers the watch) is Swiss, the movement is cased up in Switzerland and the final inspection of the timepiece is carried out in Switzerland. The Swiss have a long tradition of watch-making, beginning in the 16th Century. They are responsible for making the first wristwatch, the first quartz watch, the first water-resistant watch and, unsurprisingly, the most expensive watch in the world. Combine a ‘Swiss made’ with a reputable brand, and you have a quality timepiece, well worth its price.


When looking at watches online, it’s unlikely that the weight of the timepiece will be shown. By all means browse remotely, but go into the shop and try the watch on before you spend any money. A watch that feels heavy or uncomfortable will end up being barely worn. Choose an appropriate size for your wrist! If you want a large face and a more masculine style, Michael Kors has a range of women’s watches that have an attractive chunky look whilst still remaining feminine due to the rose gold plating. 

Don’t rush

Never let sales staff pressure you into a purchase. When investing in a lifetime item such as a watch, you want to deal with staff who are knowledgeable about their products and who will allow you to take the necessary time during the selection process, rather than trying to make a quick sale and moving on to the next customer. This will also save you the hassle of returning it when you realise you’ve made too much of a snap decision. Don’t feel you have to go for the first thing you see. There are so many variations in designs and brands and price ranges that it’s definitely worth doing your research and finding the watch that feels and looks right for you. Try the timepiece on, wander round the shop and see if you can imagine yourself wearing it regularly. If you can, it’s the watch for you. 

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  1. Pam L
    January 5, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    I have 2 old watches…one a face with the moon and sun rotating, maybe from the 80's when they were popular and another from my mom many years ago. They are both Timex.I know Swiss made watches are exceptional, but Timex has always been good to me.

  2. Thomas
    October 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

    But those watches are so expensive for me. I have to win some cash at to afford it. So it's not my choice.

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