Buying a luxury watch is not as easy as you might have first thought. In fact, buying luxury watches for the first time buyer can prove to be very challenging because there are so many different makes and models to choose from. So in order to help you make a more informed decision with regard to such an important purchase, we will take a look at some of the things to consider before you do.
Tip 1: Size of the watch case
It is important that you select a watch with a case size in which you will feel comfortable wearing. Some people may prefer large watch cases because they want to make a statement. But what is the point of having one if you find it too cumbersome to wear and just end up keeping it in its original box?
Tip 2: Your style
When it comes to selecting luxury watches for the first time buyer, think about the type of individual that you are. It is important to select a watch that will reflect you – the person wearing it. A small and dainty watch is far better if you would like to make an elegant statement rather than something bigger and bulkier. So be sure to think about what kind of statement you want your watch to say about you while you’re choosing it.
Tip 3: What its purpose is
Of course, we buy watches in order to tell the time, but there are many other things that you should take into consideration when it comes to purchasing yours. For example, if you are someone who enjoys a lot of outdoor activities then, of course, you are going to need something that can withstand a little rough handling. Make sure that you purchase a watch that not only has a strong strap but also one that is able to cope with changes in temperature, which is typically waterproof.
Tip 4: What you can afford to spend
This by far is the most important thing to consider when it comes to selecting a luxury watch for the first time buyer. Many people will spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on purchasing such an item to find out that they are too afraid to wear it all the time. Instead, would it not be more advisable to invest your money in a luxury watch that you would not only enjoy wearing but plan to actually use on a regular basis?
Luxury Watches - Questions to Ask When Buying One
As we covered in part one of this article series, many luxury watch manufacturers have rules prohibiting their authorized dealers from selling their products online. Is this rule fair and reasonable? As you may have guessed, the opinion of this author is that this rule is NOT fair. Why? Let's consider a few reasons:
1) The internet -- the future is now.
The internet has become a virtual world encompassing almost all aspects of life; after all, it is known as the "information superhighway" right? People use the internet for social networking, shopping, medical advice, car repair and home improvement info, and much much more. Without the internet, chances are that many, if not most of us would not even know what luxury watch manufacturers exist. What's the point? When it comes to internet sales, many manufacturers need to "get with it." By using authorized online dealers to sell their products, more people would be aware of those products. This leads to the next point:
2) Accessibility to the consumer.
Right now, if I want to shop for many luxury watches from an "authorized" dealer, I have to travel at least 50 miles from where I live and in order to shop some of the more exclusive brands, I'd have to travel some 230 miles to Chicago, Illinois. So, my choice is either to buy from an unauthorized source OR travel significant distance. Some may say,"if you've got the money to buy a luxury watch, travel is no big deal for you." Okay, that may be true enough but what if the closest dealer still doesn't have the watch you want? The internet can allow for much greater choices than one local dealer.
3) Fakes -- fear vs. reality.
One of the reasons watch manufacturers say you shouldn't buy online is because you might unintentionally buy a fake. The concept is that if you buy a watch costing thousands of dollars without seeing it first you might get taken. What's the reality? Some fakes are so well made that you wouldn't know by looking at it that it is a fake until an expert tells you so. The consumer's only hope is to trust the manufacturer to direct direct him to a legitimate dealer and then trust the dealer to sell him a real watch. Why not do the same online?
4) Used market.
There is no authorized way for watch buyers to buy used watches and conversely for people to sell them. As a result, companies that deal in used watches are forced to warranty the products themselves. Consider the automobile market: if you buy a used car within the manufacturer's warranty period, the manufacturer's warranty still carries over to the new owner. Since cars cost tens of thousands of dollars, shouldn't a watch costing thousands also have the same policy?
I hope that after considering these points, you'll support the online watch dealers that have the watch you want to buy. In our next article, we'll consider the perils of buying watches online. Thanks for reading!
It's difficult to determine which watch brand is best since most current watchmakers create truly unique timepieces through complex processes and impressive designs.
This the guide is here to explain a bit about the most important brands and try to set you in the right direction if you're shopping for a luxury watch.
Some well-known brands are considered the best due to intense advertising, so they raised the bar pretty high for their competition.
If you're thinking about starting a watch collection, or just get a truly remarkable timepiece for yourself or as a gift to someone close to you, keep on reading since there are a few things to learn in order to become a watch connoisseur.
When you're done with this guide, then the real research work starts since you'll need to figure out what type of watch you want and what sort of features it should carry, so it best complements who you are and your looks.
Timepieces can be categorized by many things, starting from their unique designs, the dial shape and the watch crystal to the way they work and the features they provide. Another factor to take into account would be their popularity.
Brands popularity indicates superiority among the major competitors in the watch market.
Due to advertising and media, most people know of only overly advertised brands as the best of the best when it comes to watches. They are totally oblivious to the fact that other top brands exist which produce equal if not superior watches when compared to the ones they know of.
The the average individual can recognise a few watch brands they've seen over and over advertised on television and in magazines and can recognise them in order of ascending price tag as Timex, Casio, Seiko or Tag watches.
Most people know only of a few brands from the ones that exist, and thanks to media advertising, they might not be aware of truly superior brands that find their way in some people's collections.
They might not even know what products brands like Alain Silberstein, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Chopard, Fortis, Franck Mueller, IWC, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Patek Phillipe, and Ulysse Nardin actually make if you were not to tell them.
Top brands like Sony or Bose are known globally and that's what makes them be at the top of the market choice for average people.
While these brands are known for top quality, they might not always be the best choice.
If you want to impress average people, you will buy brands that are easily recognizable, even for hefty amounts of money and still get a decent watch that keeps time like a 25$ one with no extra features.
Knowledgeable people and aficionados will buy something that impresses them in the first place. Second-hand recognition is not that important when shopping for a premium watch.