Thinking about upgrading the old Casio G-SHOCK watch you got gifted back in the mid-90s? You know, the one that looks more like a growth on your wrist than a timepiece? We understand its unsightliness is only superceded by its indestructibility and as such, you can never really "get rid" of it and that the inevitable heat death of the universe will give way to a barren nothingness, populated by only G-SHOCK watches and Keith Richards. But you can retire it and upgrade to something a little more stylish. But where to start? How should you go about buying your first real piece of wrist candy? Will you ever find something suitable to replace that G-SHOCK shaped hole in your heart? It'll be a tough task, that's why we've compiled a few handy tips for the man who looking for a proper luxury timepiece.
Think about why you want a luxury watch, how you’re going to wear it, and what you’re going to wear it with. There are three main types of watch: sports watch (self-explanatory, better for gym junkies), a diving watch (same, built for the purpose of deep sea expeditions) or a chronograph (the more traditional dress watch).
Once you’ve figured out the function of your watch, you need to figure out a realistic budget and stick to it. Buying a luxury watch is a lifelong investment – something you can pass down to your children – so it’s going to cost a considerable amount of money. Having said that, don’t go crazy and blow your budget. Figure out what you can afford and always shop to that (we’d say between $3,000 and $10,000 is your best bet).
Consider second-hand. Vintage timepieces can be great value, as the quality isn’t likely to have diminished much, and you’ll get designer pieces at a fraction of the cost. Places like 1stdibs and Vestiaire Collective are good starting points.
Think about automatic vs. quartz. Counter-intuitively, ‘automatic’ actually refers to the manually created watches, which tend to have more intricate detailing and craftsmanship. These are more expensive and can need expensive servicing when they break, as compared to quartz, which are less expensive and more accurate. The question really comes down to how seriously you take your watches. Collectors will opt for automatic, but if you’re not in it for the love of watch-making you can definitely make do with a quartz.
Make sure you’re buying from a reputable location. Fakes and knock-offs are as rife in 2018 as they have ever been – so be sure to get the piece verified or buy direct from a brand to avoid buying a counterfeit. Watch Essentials is a cool app that offers pointers on spotting a fake.