6 Simple Tips to Choosing a Watch

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It can be harder to choose a watch than you might think, especially if you’re buying one as a gift for a friend or family member. Watches have a massive price range and it’s easy to spend thousands on one if you’re looking to get a really fancy or interesting one from a reputable brand.

But with that said, you don’t need to spend four digits on a watch if you don’t want to. There are many reputable brands out there with excellent watches at a low price, but there are a couple of considerations that you need to keep in mind before you buy.

So without further ado, here are a couple of simple tips to help you choose a fantastic watch.

Always have a budget in mind

It’s a good idea to try and keep a budget in mind when buying a watch. As mentioned in the introduction, it’s very easy to get sidetracked and to spend a lot more money than you originally planned because of the huge price range on watches. Try to get an idea of how much you want to spend by restricting your budget and then use that as an upper limit.

Don’t be afraid of buying used watches

The idea of buying a used watch may sound strange to some people, but it’s actually very common in the world of watches. Many people buy used watches before there are some hard-to-find watches that aren’t made anymore, and you can often get a really good deal on a brand name watch if you look hard enough.

Consider the practicality of the watch

Some watches are designed for sports, others are designed to just look nice on your wrist, and some are made to be heavy duty so they can withstand a lot of punishment. Choose a watch depending on what you want to use it for so that you can make the most of its design and features.

Pick from trusted brands that you’ve heard of

There are many watch brands in the world and it’s a good idea to look for one that has a solid reputation. For example, some of the oldest watch brands in the world are also some of the most trusted and you should consider buying from these brands first if possible. However, there are also plenty of newer brands that you could look at as well as long as they have a strong reputation.

What are you buying your watch for?

You should also consider the reason you’re buying your watch. Is it a valentines day gift for a loved one? Is it for yourself? Or is it for an upcoming hiking trip? These kinds of questions are important to consider because it can really change the type of watch that you purchase and the reason for you purchasing it.

What about smart watches?

Lastly, you could also consider smart watches. A smart watch can be a great choice if you’re looking to make use of modern technology, but they’re a very different experience compared to a regular watch.

Got Something to Add?

Share your tips to shopping for a watch in the comments section below.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Helen, Nial, Lewis and Mason.


Welcome to Pikalily, an award-winning food, travel and lifestyle blog. We are Nial and Helen, a happily married couple from Northern Ireland, who share a passion for food and travel among many things. We became parents to our beautiful boy Lewis in 2017. Follow our adventures through the blog.

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