If you are in the market for a casual watch (or three) you might be folded into believing that there isn’t quite as much to think about compared to purchasing a luxury timepiece, a dive watch, or a dress watch.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Sure, when you are purchasing a casual men’s watch you probably aren’t going to be spending anywhere close to the same amount of money as a luxury timepiece – but that doesn’t mean that you should be throwing money away.
Here are nine mistakes you’re going to want to make sure that you avoid.
- 1 Buying casual watches out of your price range
- 2 Buying casual watches based entirely off of brand-name recognition
- 3 Buying casual watches that are too big or too small for your wrist
- 4 Buying casual watches that will not appreciate in value
- 5 Buying casual watches that have a reputation for falling apart
- 6 Buying casual watches that you won’t be able to wear with everything
- 7 Buying casual watches with uncomfortable bands
- 8 Buying casual watches with batteries that cannot be easily replaced
- 9 Buying casual watches that do not keep accurate time
- 10 Your turn
Buying casual watches out of your price range
The biggest mistake that most people make when it comes time to purchase a casual men’s watch is dropping a boatload of money on a watch that simply isn’t going to provide enough “return on investment”.
Even though casual watches are almost always less expensive than luxury timepieces, they still aren’t in the “disposable income” category. You should expect to spend up to $1000 on a worthwhile casual watch – but that doesn’t mean that you always have to go to the high-end of the industry.
Set a budget and then stick to it.
Buying casual watches based entirely off of brand-name recognition
Another big problem that people have when it comes time to purchase casual watches is that they do only the bare-bones amount of research on their options, instead choosing to go with anything and everything that has a little bit of brand-name recognition.
Talk about a major mistake!
The name brand timepiece manufacturers out there are almost universally going to focus on their high-end watches as that’s where they make the bulk of their money. Sure, there casual watches aren’t going to be Chinese knock offs – but they aren’t going to be the height of engineering, either.
Do your research and find the right casual watch regardless of brand name.
Buying casual watches that are too big or too small for your wrist
It isn’t all that difficult to find a casual watch that is going to fit your wrist perfectly, which makes it so surprising that so many people struggle with this issue.
The overwhelming majority of men out there tend to go for watches that are too big for their wrist (there’s something about the oversized and chunky look of gigantic men’s watches that has a very masculine appeal about it), only to discover later that they look more than a little bit ridiculous with a grandfather clock hanging off of their wrist.
At the same time, you definitely don’t want to go in the tiny watch direction, either. Small watches are (predominantly) the domain of women, and unless you want to look a little bit foolish you’ll want to make sure that your watch face is appropriately sized and not some thin or skinny piece that looks funny.
Buying casual watches that will not appreciate in value
Though you have most likely heard that only the highest end of the highest end timepieces are going to appreciate in value, that isn’t exactly the whole story.
In fact, some of the most valuable watches in the collector market today were considered casual watches back in the day. But because they saw so much everyday wear and tear many of those casual watches got destroyed, making them quite rare and very attractive – not to mention super valuable.
Your casual watch might not be worth a mint tomorrow, but it may be a handful of years down the road! Look for watches that are going to offer you a reasonable return on investment, though that doesn’t have to be your main focus when you’re going casual.
Buying casual watches that have a reputation for falling apart
Another big problem that people have when purchasing casual watches is that they consider them to be “throwaways” – the kind of watch that you are going to wear until it falls apart, only to replace later down the line.
Though there is nothing wrong with anticipating the almost inevitable destruction of a day to day watch, especially if you are in a busy career field that requires the use of your hands, you aren’t going to want to blow a chunk of money on a watch that is essentially disposable.
Invest in a quality watch with a top-tier reputation and you may still have to replace that watch in a couple of years, but you aren’t going to have to replace it every few months.
Buying casual watches that you won’t be able to wear with everything
A big part of purchasing casual watches is that you are going to be able to wear them with pretty much anything and everything (including a suit if necessary).
The best casual watches can go with a T-shirt and jeans as well as a three-piece suit with a bit of a stylistic twist, which is why you’re going to want to be on the lookout for top-tier casual watches that aren’t going to break your bank.
Versatility is the name of the game when you’re purchasing a casual timepiece, so really zero in on those that go nicely with every style imaginable.
Buying casual watches with uncomfortable bands
Because you are going to be wearing your watch on a regular basis, and because you are going to be wearing it far more frequently than a high-end or luxury timepiece, you’re going to need to be sure that it comes with a tremendously comfortable band that isn’t going to irritate you even in the least.
Most watches come with bands that can be replaced (so this certainly isn’t a deal breaker), but you are still going to want to make sure that you can comfortably wear this watch for 24 hours or longer at a time. That’s the ultimate differentiator between comfortable and uncomfortable watches.
Buying casual watches with batteries that cannot be easily replaced
This goes back to purchasing casual timepieces that are anything but disposable.
A lot of people decide to move forward with cheap casual watches that come with batteries that cannot be replaced, just assuming that by the time the watch battery dies the watch itself would have been dead a long time. This is the wrong kind of attitude, and a consumerist and disposable kind of mentality that is going to almost force you to disrespect the watch that you have strapped to your wrist.
Buy a watch that you can effortlessly maintain yourself and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Buying casual watches that do not keep accurate time
At the end of the day, you are going to be looking for a watch not only for the design and aesthetic features that it brings to the table, but also because it’s supposed to keep accurate time. If your casual watch isn’t able to keep accurate time, what’s the point of keeping it around?
You shouldn’t have to worry about making the wrong decision when it comes time to purchase casual timepieces any longer.
Now that you know the nine most common mistakes people make when it comes time to purchase a timepiece like this you are armed with more than enough inside information to get your hands on a top-quality product that won’t break your bank account – as well as a watch that you are going to be able to depend on day in and day out.