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How to Choose a Men's Watch

The type of men's watch you should choose depends on how you plan to use the watch. Before making a purchase, decide whether you need a watch that won't become damaged if you accidentally get it wet, a luxury timepiece, or a chronometer that will keep you punctual.


  • Step 1: Decide on water-resistant watch Decide whether you need a water-resistant watch. These watches will not be damaged if you get them wet.
  • Step 2: Decide on waterproof watch Decide whether you need a waterproof watch. Unlike water-resistant watches, waterproof ones are designed for diving and are rated for how deep you can safely dive with them.
  • Step 3: Choose a band Consider which watch band -- leather, metal, cloth, or plastic -- best meets your needs.
  • TIP: Stainless-steel bands are practical. They can be worn with a business suit but are also casual enough for other occasions; they are also waterproof.
  • Step 4: Consider watch movement Consider the watch movement. Very accurate functional watches have quartz movements; expensive classic watches have mechanical movements; and casual watches tend to have digital movements.
  • Step 5: Consider watch crystal Consider the watch crystal. Mid-range functional watches have scratch-resistant, shatter-prone mineral crystals; expensive classic watches have crystals made of scratch-resistant, but highly shatter-prone, synthetic sapphire; and inexpensive work watches have scratch-prone but relatively shatter-proof Plexiglas crystals.
  • Step 6: Decide on illumination Decide whether you need an illuminated watch face, or whether a glow-in-the-dark face is adequate. Now you're ready to buy the perfect watch!
  • FACT: Sundials are believed to have first appeared around 2000 B.C.E. in the Fertile Crescent.

You Will Need

  • Reason for buying a watch
  • Stainless-steel watch band (optional)

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