Buying a Watch
How to choose the right men's watch for you
There are a few things to consider before buying a wrist watch, such as design, strap, functions, and movement. You should also consider when you will wear the watch. Will it be for day, for evening, for work, for sports? There are many styles of men's watches for men out there, and you may well find yourself owning more than one watch and have something to suit every occasion.
Some of the best and most popular men's watches to buy in UK
Buying a Watch Online
When buying a watch online, always choose to purchase from a well know and reputable retailer, such as John Lewis, Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths or H Samuel for example. Here at Mens Wrist Watches, we only include watches from the UK's most reputable and trustworthy watch retailers. Only ever buy a men's watch from a recognised dealer. This way you can be sure that the watch you are buying is genuine and not a replica or fake. When you buying online, always check that the checkout area is secure (you will see the padlock icon in some browsers, or notice that the address of the web page begins with https:// (the "s" stands for secure), rather than the standard http://
Men's Watch Categories
Many shops and men's wrist watch retailers classify watches into various styles - Dress watches, Sports watches, and Designer watches. There are also those men's watches that can be categorised through their more specific functions, such as a Chronograph watch, Digital watch and Divers watches. Finally, there are men's watches categorised by their movement - the way the the working parts of the watch are powered - such as mechanical or wind-up watches, kinetic, automatic watches, solar watches and quartz watches. There are also radio controlled watches, where the time is kept precise by radio signals sent to the watch.
Men's Watch Styles - Dress Watches, Designer Watches and Sports Watches
Men's Dress Watches
A dress watch is often suited to evening wear, but if you choose a classic design, a dress watch can also be ideal for day wear. Men's dress watches will often have a simple, elegant design, more subtle than a sports watch. Dress watches come with a variety of straps, often in leather or bracelet style. Classic names in men's watches, such as Longines, Frederique Constant, Maurice Lacroix, Hamilton and Dreyfuss & Co make some stunning men's dress watches.
Men's Designer Watches
These days fashion designers and fashion houses, such as Armani, have realized that an outfit isnít complete without the perfect wrist watch. Thatís why you see so many beautiful (and affordable) watches from top designers. A designer watch can be more than just keeping up with the trends. It can be about choosing a watch from a classic fashion designer that makes the right statement. Classic designers such as Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Gucci and Burberry all offer watches that fit perfectly with their fashion lines Ė effortlessly stylish and elegant. With a more funky and cutting edge look, there are fashion labels such as Diesel, D&G, DKNY and Guess offering wonderfully cool wrist watches. These watches often include thick and chunky straps, and wide, often square or rectangular dials, and many have a retro feel to them, with inspiration from wrist watch classics from the 20s, 50s and 70s.
Men's Sports Watches
A sports watch has to be tough, but also offer the right functions. But this doesnít mean it canít look stylish. Divers watches for example, have become one of the design classics of the 20th and 21st centuries. Who can deny that the Omega Seamaster range has it all. Itís no surprise that the Seamaster is James Bondís watch of choice. Sports watches often include chronographs or a tachymeter, with extra tough exteriors and a high level of water resistance. Just as sports clothing has become fashionable, likewise sports watches - men's watches that were designed with a particular sport in mind - have become fashionable and worn by many as an every day watch.
Men's Watch Functions - Chronograph, Tachymeter, Moonphase and more...
You might approach your search for the perfect watch by considering the functions your require from your watch. Divers, for example, like to have a chronograph function - a watch that tells the time and acts as a stopwatch. Other such sport like watch functions include altimeter (measure altitude) and tachymeter (measures speed). Or you may prefer something a little more peaceful, perhaps a moon phase, or perpetual calendar. There are dozens of different functions offered by watches. Find out more about watch functions here.
Men's Watch Movements - Mechanical, Quartz, Kinetic, Solar, Radio...
Maybe you have a specific watch movement in mind. Some watch owners prefer the old fashioned, mechanical or wind-up watches for example. After all, there's something very satisfying about winding a watch, and wearing a watch knowing it has been made using centuries old techniques. But perhaps it's something more modern you're after, such as a watch with a precise quartz movement, or the new technologies such as kinetic or solar powered (light powered), or even radio controlled, where your watch is set according to the radio signals it picks up. See this page for more about men's watch movements.
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