Beginner’s Guide – How to Choose a Man’s Watch

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A man wants a Man’s watch – A watch should be durable. You should be able to leave it on all night, wake up, take a shower, and not see the crystal face of your timepiece all steamed over. Because here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter how disciplined you are. It doesn’t matter how rigidly you stick to a routine. There are going to be times when you forget you’ve got a watch on, and a shower.

Water will destroy an electrical appliance that isn’t built to handle it. Even a non-electrical watch can be spoiled by water if its interior mechanisms are susceptible to rust. And can be dampened owing to tiny openings in the design of the timepiece. A man doesn’t want to spend $1,000 on a watch and see it break the first time he forgets to take it off in the shower.

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It’s not just showers that are an issue, though. If you’re working at a construction job site, or in a coal mine, or repairing a road, or building equipment in an industrial setting, there are multiple incidents wherein you could accidentally break your watch. Your hand might get caught, you might swing your arm into something or trip and fall—many things could happen.

Men get dirty. They get busy. They work hard. They make smart decisions, and they make dumb decisions. The “hold my beer” stereotype just wouldn’t work with a lady. Regardless of your skill, strength, or intellect, as a man, you need a man’s watch. Here we’ll briefly explore a few things you should consider as you find the best wearable timepiece for you.

1. Durability, Reliability, and Convenience

Most men want a watch for practical reasons. It’s not practical to whip out your smartphone as a means of checking the time when you can just glance at one of your wrists. A watch is supposed to be something that’s convenient, and accurate. It gives you greater precision in time management. As such, it must be reliable.

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A basic Timex can be reliable and precise, but it functions from a battery you’ll have to change. That requires a chore. You’ve got to go buy batteries. Some watches are built so that you can’t even replace the battery if it runs out, because they’re cheap. If you’re going the cheap route, it can make more sense to buy watches in bulk and just switch them out. Or, you can buy extra batteries. But these things are neither durable nor convenient. It can be worthwhile to seek waterproof watches that use kinetic energy to charge. Kinetic energy is basically what your body generates through movement. You’ll never have to replace the batteries, and the watch keeps on ticking. Kinetic watches are pricier, though.

2. Style, Status, and Statements

A man who wears a good watch may very well be making a stylistic statement. A Rolex has functioned as a masculine status symbol for several generations at this point. It’s also a stylish watch that says something about a man. However, Rolex is no longer the only game in town. High-dollar options from many prominent watchmakers are now available.

There’s a plethora of information pertaining to wristwatches, and which fit the lifestyle of a man best, at My Watch Den. Informing your choice makes a lot of sense. For some men, a “good watch” is less practical and more communicative. In that case, you want the stylistic choice best fits you. Other men have different preferences.

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3. Budget

One thing men understand is the value of a day’s wages. If you can get a decent watch without spending a thousand dollars, that’s wise. As a matter of fact, most of the options briefly examined here can be acquired for $100 or less, if you shop carefully. A watch can be a financial investment, and that’s worthwhile. Still, you can acquire sturdy reliability affordably.

Also, read the best and stylish women’s wristwatches here.

Finding The Best Watch For You

As a man, you want a durable, reliable, convenient, practical, stylish, affordable timepiece. However, style and statements can be reliable and durable, and pricey watches can represent an investment that’s practical through day-to-day use as well. Watches are often passed down as heirlooms, so though you may be budgeting, spending more isn’t always bad.

Consider these variables and shop around to find the best possible watch for you. If you’re not a man, but you’re shopping for one, remember he’s going to be interested in utility over visual appeal—but guys like something that looks good, too. If you are a man, then you already know: it’s the utility of a tool that makes it worthwhile, rather than how shiny it is.


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  1. Maine to kabhi itna socha hi nahi 😊
    Brand n design dekha aur le liya , kyunki sabki choice mujhe pata hi hai
    Per aapke points notice karne chaiye 👍👍

  2. I love watches especially steel ones and I have a couple of them. This guide was useful.

    1. Thank you, Atul ji. I also like steel ones over gold or glitter. 2nd love is strap ones. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  3. Watches is whole territory in themselves. Some people can be very personal about watches. For men, watches are the only jewellery they wear and they have to fulfill many conditions: emotional, (some people just like some brands, let’s say Tag Heur), looks (big dial, small, round or square, leather, resin or steel bracelet etc), functions (complications, as they are called, perpetual calendars, weather and temperature data etc), and collectors watches, like Vintage Omega Speedmasters or Seiko Alpiners. For a man into watches he will probably have a few in his collection and may be wanting to add more, like maybe he has a kinetic but wants to add an automatic, maybe he has a divers and wants a chrono… it can be tough…

    1. I am glad you have shared all these details and insights about the men’s watches with me. Thank you so much.

  4. Wow you had said it all . indeed a great guide to select a good watch for men. yes, I agree that your choice should be a combination of multiple factors ( as you mentioned style, durability, budget etc.)..if we keep all these factors in mind, then I am sure we would be able to make a great purchase without having any regret.

  5. Like we choose accessories for us, watches are equally important. It is like the style statement they carry. Every man has different preferences when it comes to watches. Your lost is detailed and well crafted that I’m sure it would help men and women alike. As you said for different man watches communicate a different idea. Loved the post

  6. I haven’t really thought of getting watches according to the profession. As you said, the example of construction sites, it is important to consider a man’s profession before continuing with watch purchase. Much helpful and indeed thought provoking.

  7. Watches and men go a long way. And their preferences too vary drastically. My father loves the ones with leather straps. But my husband likes the chain ones. He cannot wear the chain ones though because it creates skin allergy. And he is working in a circumstance that the watches tend to break. Now he has different watches for different occasions. So as you said different factors need to be considered

    1. Thank you, glad you like it

  8. It’s always a tough call for me to select a right watch for my husband but your pointers are so right that it now motivates me to get one for his upcoming special day!!

  9. I always love wearing a good watch and I like thse suggestions. My husband’s birthday is coming up next, so will definitely follow these to find a good one for him.

  10. Watches are much beyond being just time pieces now. They are more of a style statement. In buying a watch for a guy, his personal preferences should be the most important, I believe.

  11. When it comes to gifting men, I can only think of two best options. That is watches and perfumes. Watches are more classy and one cannot have enough according to the styles that are available these days. Loved your watch styling details.

  12. What a fab guide to pick a man’s watch. This will definitely help me select the right time piece for my husband as his birthday approaches.

  13. This is such a helpful guide to buying a perfect men’s watch. It’s my wedding anniversary next month & I was thinking of gifting a watch for my husband. I will keep these points in mind while picking up a watch for him.

  14. Wow.. These are some wonderful tips for selecting man’s watches. It is the most difficult task to select anything for my man.. Haha.. But these tips will be of great help Dipika.. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I’ve grown up seeing my father fuss over his watch. He still hasn’t changed while my husband doesn’t like watches at all. It’s a personal thing. Good pointers for buying men’s watches.

  16. Wow I really never paid so much attention to such amazing details while selecting men’s watches. Now I know how to be a careful shopper while buying a man’s watch

  17. I was looking for a watch to gift my husband as his birthday is next month . Now your pointers are very much helpful for me to choose a right watch for him .

  18. Now isn’t this a perfect guide on how to select men’s watch. This post is so insightful Dipika, I am sure I can refer to these pointers whenever I am planning to gift a watch to the men in my life. I usually look for good style and bigger dial in my budget before selecting one.

  19. This is a great guide to watch aficionados. I used to buy watches for my husband. But never bought one after his demise. Somehow I like the ethnic, traditional, pocket watches with a chain. I find them really chic.

  20. Yea watches are cliché yet perfect gifts for men. Its not only about the design or looks but durability and features too. But i had definitely not given it such a deep thought before buying one for my husband 😅

  21. My husband loves his watches and has a lovely collection of high end watches and as you said rightly he also has got his fathers watches passed to him as a heirloom. A watch talks a lot about a man’s personality and status.

  22. Watches are an absolute must have and I love how they are a big stylish comment that a man makes. It is such a difficult gift to choose but I like your idea of investing in something that could be a family heirloom.

  23. My husband’s birthday is approaching next month and I was planning to gift him a watch. You have made it easy for me on how to pick the best one. 😊

  24. Watches do state the personality of a person your post surey guides me to buy one for my fav men in life , my father and my husband.

  25. Thanks for these pointers to keep in mind while buying watch for men. My husband loves a gizmo kind of watch but just for collection he doesnt wear one of those really. For usual days, he likes to wear a simple watch or doesnt wear one at all.

  26. Even though I am not a beginner when it comes to buying men’s watch, I really like the points you shared here. They are really practical tips.
    I really feel that a watch is the most easiest choice of gift for men. Even I don’t get any ideas, I simply buy a watch.

  27. Watches are essential to being a man. They let men be a thousand miles from home, let them show off their world traveler side, but be able to get back to their home town. There really isn’t much better than a watch, and getting the right one is definitely important, not just because it’s such a fashion statement, but also because it can make a big difference in a guy’s life.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, glad you like it.

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