The watch you choose shows off your personality and style. If chosen carefully, it may also convey your wealth, sense of humor and taste. Selecting the right watch can be a bit overwhelming. After all, there are so many factors to consider – from look and style, to watch movement, band type and more. However, while this may be true, having a quality watch for any and all events in your life will help ensure you are always dressing the part, no matter where life may take you.
If you want a bit of advice and guidance regarding watches and what’s right for you, consider the list here. You can browse some of the most common and popular types of watches on the market today. Being informed and knowing what each offers can help you make an educated decision regarding the type(s) of watches you want.
The Analog Watch
When it comes to minimalistic watches, you won’t find one that better fits the description than an analog watch. These have displays that feature a miniaturized clock face, with 12 hours, a minute hand and an hour hand.
You can find analog watches with traditional numbers on the face, as well as ones that feature Roman numerals. The majority of analog watches also have marks that represent the 60 minutes in an hour. Sometimes, you will see analog watches referred to as “analogue watches.”
The Automatic Watch
An automatic watch is a type of watch that will keep operating thanks to the continual motion of the wearer’s wrist. This type of watch does not have to be wound if you wear it every day.
The energy is stored inside of a unique, metal weight, which is called the rotor. This spins whenever you move your arm. The energy collected is then used to power the watch and can help ensure it continues running at night, or any other time you aren’t wearing it.
The energy stored in an automatic wristwatch can actually keep your watch running between 24 and 48 hours. These are also often referred to as self-winding watches.
The Digital Watch
Believe it or not, the very first digital watch was invented in 1972, which was more than 46 years ago. It was introduced by Hamilton and sold for $2,100. To put things in perspective, today it would cost $11,400. However, by the end of the 1970s, these once coveted watches dropped to around $10, and were available virtually everywhere.
With that in mind, these watches are still popular, especially for young people, as they are durable and easy to tell time with. A typical digital watch is one that has the minutes, hours and in some cases the seconds, shown by digits, instead of hands on a dial.
The Chronograph Watch
The word chronograph is actually just a fancy way to say “stopwatch.” Using one of these watches is simple. You just press the start/stop button that is on the side to either start or stop the stopwatch feature. You can push the bottom button to reset the watch.
While the chronograph watch functions as a stopwatch, it’s also a regular wristwatch and will help you keep up with the time, as well. It’s beneficial if you find yourself timing things often.
The Diving Watch
Considered a higher end option, a diving watch (as the name implies) is designed to be used underwater. These watches feature varying water resistance. You need to consider your activities carefully to figure out what type of water resistance you require.
A typical diver’s watch is going to have water resistance of about 200 to 300 meters. However, thanks to modern technology, there are now diver’s watches that can go much deeper.
The Dress Watch
If you want an elegant timepiece, then you need a dress watch. The one purpose this watch has is to let you know what time it is. There are no complicated things or buttons to figure out.
Dress watches are minimal, elegant and simple. They aren’t gaudy and full of diamonds or jewels. They also aren’t extremely large. This type of watch can be worn with virtually any type of attire, from your gym clothes, to a full suit, or even a bowling date. It is versatile and flexible, making it clear that everyone (both men and women) should own at least one dress watch.
The Quartz Watch
You have likely heard of quartz watches. These are powered by a quartz crystal. The electric current that is produced by the electronic oscillator causes the watch’s quartz to pulsate with extremely precise frequency.
The frequency is then broken down by an integrated circuit. This is where the power is released through a small stepping motor that is responsible for causing the hands to move. From time to time, a quartz watch will require you to change batteries.
The Pilot Watch
Designed with (as the name implies) pilots in mind, these are aviation timepieces that are both style and technology innovative. They have reached the apex when it comes to a fusion between durability and style.
If you purchase a pilot watch, there’s no question you’re making an investment in your timepiece. However, these watches are tough and able to handle anything. Sometimes you will find these watches referred to as aviator watches.