A First-Time Watch Buyer’s Guide

First-Time Watch

Do you want a new watch? Maybe it’s your first ever wristwatch, and you want something special, or maybe: do you want an investment piece you can always rely on? Or this: it’s your first time buying a watch.

So what’s the big idea behind choosing a watch for myself the first time? The big idea is that there are many things to consider when buying your first watch.


The first thing you should look at is the watch movement. A mainspring powers the mechanical watch. In turn, it powers a series of gears and the balance wheel. If your watch’s mainspring is long or even longer, then it means that it has a longer power reserve.

The power reserve will also be directly proportional to how long you get before you wind the mainspring up again.

In the world of watches, it is a widely known truth that mechanical movements are superior. Owning a great watch is also about owning a piece of exquisite engineering that reflects centuries-old tradition, intricate craftsmanship, and ground-breaking technology.

To others, quartz movement may tell the time better, but a mechanical watch tells it with more style and efficiency.

On the other hand, if you aim to save some, you can try your luck with quartz watches. These kinds of watches are affordable, accessible – and offer precision. However, on the downside, you may get less smooth movement because of the electrical pulsing.

You can always go right, though – with a watch from the line of Seiko Presage. Quality, price, and smooth movements are some of the things Seiko is best known for.


The next thing you must watch for is the materials from which the watch case and watch itself are made. Some of the most popular ones are made from the following materials:

  • Stainless steel – Stainless steel is very lightweight and corrosion-resistant, making for comfortable wear. Stainless steel is available in gold-tone or silver tones. In addition, it isn’t too expensive either.
  • Ceramic – Ceramic is durable. In addition, it is hypoallergenic and scratch-resistant, making it a long-lasting choice. It is also very lightweight.
  • Gold – Gold isn’t the cheapest option on the market, but it holds its value and has the aesthetic appeal of luxury, so you could consider it an investment. However, gold can be vulnerable to scratches and tarnishing. It is often used in and best suited to dress watches rather than field watches.


Style is a more general thing. However, it still pays to know about it because it can help pair your watches with your ensemble better.

Watches are most broadly broken into dress and sport, and the types of watches can be based on traditional purposes (dive, pilot, field, etc.).


The perfect and ideal watch size for you falls and largely depends on your wrist size and how bold a look you prefer.

When traditionally measuring watch sizes, it is usually done horizontally in millimeters and excludes the crown.

Moreover, other factors affect how big the watch will look and feel. They include the case thickness, its length lug-t0-lug, its color, and the size of the dial.

Wrapping Up

For the first-time watch buyer, it can be overwhelming diving in. However, our guide has all that you need to help.

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