When thinking about getting a gift for somebody you care for, your mind will often drift towards getting a watch.
With a range of styles and features that are designed to suit most budgets, a watch still remains a firm favorite when it comes to buying gifts
Some people may find the prospect of choosing the right watch for their loved one with so many things to think about to get right (or wrong!) when it comes to finding the ideal timepiece for their loved ones. A watch is not just a gift that will be used for a few months and forgotten about. It is an investment piece that should be enjoyed for many years to come- which is why it is so important to choose the right watch.
Here are some helpful hints to help you along the way.
Consider Your Budget
As watches tend to be an investment piece, then budgets for gifting watches can be a little larger than any standard gift for the rest of the time. The price of a watch will vary as wildly as the design and function from Seiko watches that average at around $80, to FPJourne watches that can cost up to $150,000, you can get a good watch regardless of your budget.
Watches on the higher end of a budget can be considered an heirloom piece that will be passed down the generations, but there are plenty of high-quality watches to suit the smaller budget, too.
Think Classic design
Watches that boast that classic, minimalist style are unlikely to ever go out of fashion. A minimalist watch is also more versatile, as they are more likely to go with any outfit and suit most occasions. Anything too ‘out there’ and ‘high fashion’ is unlikely to end up being that long-term investment that you were looking for.
Are Bigger Watches Always Better?
You’ll need to think about getting the right sized watch for the person receiving the gift of a wristwatch. Proportions are important and are unique to the giftee. If they are more on the slight side, a larger watch may not be appropriate, particularly if they have slimmer wrists. On the contrary, a larger person may not wish to risk having a smaller watch. You don’t want to choose a watch that is disproportionate for the wearer.
Quartz or Mechanical?
Watches come with various types of movement, but the most common categories are mechanical and quartz.
There are some key ways to be able to tell the difference between the two- and that is identified by looking at the second hand. Typically a quartz watch second hand will move once per second in a ‘tick’ motion. A mechanical watch second hand will sweep gently in smooth motions. Neither are better or worse than the other, but the difference can prove annoying to the wearer.
Choosing a watch for a loved one can be daunting- especially if you are going to be parting with a lot of your hard earned cash. The best thing is that a watch is a classic gift that will last throughout the years.