There are many different styles of watches available in today’s fine jewelry market. The most common is the wristwatch, though some opt for an antique-style, fashionable pocket watch. Wristwatches feature bands made of leather, nylon or additional plastic materials or links made out of metals, such as gold, silver or platinum.
Unlike many other types of jewelry, choosing a watch is all a matter of personality — there are no style rules about the kind of watch you should wear and when the time is appropriate to wear it. From chunky digital timepieces to dainty, platinum links, watch style varieties are endless. For mix and match options, always keep three to four different looks in your jewelry box to go with any outfit for any occasion.
Choosing a Watch Style
From gold to platinum to leather, the band options seem endless and there is no one style that is better than another is. Choose according to how frequently you plan to wear the watch.
Decide what core watch style works best for you: a mechanical, battery-operated or self-winding.
Search out extra features, such as built-in alarm, heart rate monitor, etc.
Look within your price range so you are not looking at pieces outside of your budget.
Clean and Re-Oiled Your Watch Periodically
The movement of the watch should be cleaned and re-oiled at least every three to five years. During this process, everything inside of the watch is taken apart and thoroughly cleaned. This makes the watch last longer and is in intricate process, so only a certified watch repair specialist or a watchmaker should do this. This can be an expensive process, sometimes running upwards of $400. Most watches can be repaired through this process, with the exception of those older than 30 years.
Even if some of the parts are rusted, it is better the leave in the original parts and have them repaired than have them replaced, which can depreciate the watch’s value. On average, Swiss manufacturers take about four months to complete the cleaning and repair process compared to American repair shops, which usually take a month or two.
Vintage watches stand out among many of the pieces on the market today. According to Edward Faber, who owns the well-known vintage retail Aaron Faber Gallery, vintage watches are those that were made between 1935 and 1985. During this time, Swiss technology had drastically improved features in timekeeping and on the latter end of the time period, the CAD/CAM computer system made it possible to mass manufacture the watch hand, making it easy for many different companies to make timepieces.
Vintage watches are usually very interesting looking and quite rare. They require special care so be sure to get proper instructions from a vintage watch dealer to extend the life of your vintage watch. In addition, if you are going to buy a vintage watch, be sure to do so from a reputable dealer to make sure you are getting a quality, authentic piece.
Different Watch Types
Watch types vary according to style as well as price. Most often, electronic watches with quartz movements are found in the lower price range. Collectible, antique-styles with intricate workmanship that have mechanical movements and move according to springs are found in the higher price ranges.
Mechanical watches are somewhat less accurate than their quartz counterparts are. However, if accuracy is most important, look for a watch with movements that are radio-controlled, similar to radio clocks.