How To Pick the Perfect Watch For Yourself Or A Loved One

June 25, 2020

How To Pick the Perfect Watch For Yourself Or A Loved One

A watch is a timeless accessory that provides you with fashion and function. Even with smartphones in our pockets, most Americans still love to wear a watch and rely on it to keep track of time. That’s why it is essential to select the watch perfectly suits your needs and style — or those of the person you’re buying a watch for.

With dozens of designs and brands to choose from, picking out the right watch can be a daunting task. At Peter Franklin Jewelers, our customer experience professionals have developed three tips for helping both men and women in Northeast Indiana find the ideal timepiece

1. Identify the fit for your lifestyle

When you shop for watches, it is important to find one that fits your lifestyle. If you dress up frequently for business and nights out, a high-end, stylish watch with a metal bracelet band and stainless face, such as a Rolex, could be the perfect fit. At Peter Franklin Jewelers, we carry an array of carefully curated certified pre-owned Rolexes. Some are refined and delicate, while others are rugged and sporty, with larger faces and chunkier bands.

If you lead an active lifestyle, you might opt for a sports watch, including those from Citizens. These watches either have metal bracelet bands, which are highly durable, or fabric or neoprene bands that are light and dry quickly.     

If you prefer something playful or themed, you might like a watch featuring superheroes or your favorite team logo on the face. 

2. What’s your shape and style?

Like most jewelry, watches come in a wide array of shapes and sizes. There are small and large round faces, and even square faces. Some watches are analog, while others are digital. Roman numerals anyone?

When shopping for watches, think about comfort and readability. Some watches also feature a small date display, which some people find indispensable. Once you decide on a face, think about the band. While some watch owners are devoted to metal bracelet bands, other options include leather and fabric bands with traditional or even Velcro closures.

Women’s watches typically have thinner bands and smaller faces, while men’s models feature large and oversized faces and chunkier bands. Some women enjoy wearing a men’s watch, so consider the look and feel that is most comfortable.

3. What’s your plan for the watch? 

How you’ll wear the watch is an important consideration. If you value craftsmanship and style that will last a lifetime, a Rolex is a perfect investment. If you would like a trendier shape or style or want a stylish watch at a more affordable price point, a model from Citizen could be a good fit.

Also, the watch's construction will influence how it wears. A fabric or leather band may need to be replaced, while a metal band may need occasional buffing and cleaning to maintain its luster. Bracelet bands tend to be more expensive, but they’re also more durable.

A watch is a signature accessory and a treasured jewelry item. Whether you’re purchasing a watch for yourself or as a gift, if you follow these tips, it will help you zero in on the ideal watch.

 At Peter Franklin Jewelers, we carry a wide selection of high-quality and stylish watches from Citizen and certified pre-owned Rolex watches. Visit one of our locations in New Haven, Angola or Fort Wayne and ask our customer experience professionals help you select your perfect watch.