Mens Watches: How To Choose The Right Watch

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I’m not a watch expert, but one of my goals for this year was to learn more about timepieces and continue to build a quality watch collection. I’ve always admired the fact that the right watch can be the perfect finishing touch for an outfit!

Unfortunately, like most guys in this generation, I don’t wear a watch as often as I would like to because I’ve gotten so used to checking the time on my phone.

However, I still believe that a watch is the most important accessory that a man can own. Therefore, I’ve put together a simple guide on how to choose the right watch for you!

A Quality Watch Collection

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Watch by Original Grain

Now before I get started, I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems like a new watch company starts up every day. It’s almost impossible to scroll through Instagram without coming across a new one. It actually reminds me of when all those colorful sock company’s kept popping up a few years ago.

However, since there are so many options on the market, it can seem overwhelming when it’s time to actually make a purchase.

Your First Watch?

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For starters, I think your first watch should be something classic and minimal. Ideally, you want your first watch to be versatile enough for any outfit or situation. This way you can get the most out of your investment, especially if you’re not ready to buy a bunch of different watches.

Style Tip: A nato strap watch can also be the ideal starter piece because you can always swap out the band to match your outfit!

The Proper Size

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When it comes to choosing the right size watch, the proportion on your wrist is key!  If you’re a bigger guy with large wrists, you’ll need a bigger watch face. A small watch face will look feminine and might even seem too formal if you’re wearing it casually.

Conversely, if you’re a slim guy with smaller wrists you should consider a small/thin watch face.

Style Tip: Large watches or those with a complex design don’t pair well with suits!

The Right Movement

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There are several different types of watch movements but each of them basically fall into one of two categories, either quartz or mechanical.

An easy way to differentiate a quartz from a mechanical movement is by looking at the second hand. On a quartz watch, the second hand has the tick-tick motion that moves once per second while mechanical watches have a smooth, sweeping seconds motion. Most luxury watches have a mechanical (or automatic) movement, that’s why it’s usually the preferred movement by watch enthusiasts!

How Much To Spend?

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As you know, watches can get very expensive especially when you start getting into luxury watches. Therefore, you want to get a lot of value for your money. Lastly, in my opinion anything over $500 should be treated as an investment towards improving your personal style or a possible heirloom.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know some of your favorite watch brands in the comments below!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor


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