6 Factors to Consider When Buying A Watch as a Gift
The holidays are coming up and you’re probably thinking about what gifts you can give to your loved ones. One option on the table is a watch, which is an excellent choice for just about anyone! The watch market is massive, though, and sometimes confusing. This is true even when you’re buying for yourself. When purchasing for someone else, it is even more difficult. Luckily, you can narrow your search down by considering the factors below.
One of the best ways to simplify the process is choosing a price point. The following are some standard prices ranges and what you’ll typically get from them.
- Under $100: A well-made watch with quartz movement and conventional materials.
- $100 to $500: High-quality quartz pieces, some basic automatic movements, and the potential for advanced features.
- $500 to $2,000: Automatic movement or an incredibly high-quality Swiss quartz watch.
- $2,000 to $10,000: Automatic movement with incredible craftsmanship.
- $10,000 or More: The top of the line. These pieces will be well made, crafted from the best materials, and have a highly respected brand behind them.
Ultimately, your best bet is getting a watch that is fantastic but makes sense for your budget. Whoever you’re giving a gift to will not want you breaking the bank for a timepiece if you don’t have the money for it. Whether that means sticking to an affordable price point or splurging on a luxury piece is up to you.
We talked a lot about movements in the section above. If you aren’t sure what that means, the term refers to how the watch functions. The three basic watch movement types are as follows.
- Quartz – This movement relies on the combination of a tiny quartz crystal and a battery to make it move. Watches that use it are the most affordable on the market.
- Automatic – If you’ve ever seen a watch with an open dial that shows the inner workings of the machine, that was probably an automatic piece. Not all of them display their insides, though. This movement is essentially a tiny ticking machine that is powered by the motion of you wearing it, hence the name “automatic.”
- Manual – The least common type of movement is manual. It is nearly the same as automatic, but rather than it being self-winding, you must wind it up by manually.
Personality & Function
Different watches come with a variety of functions. They can be water resistant up to hundreds of meters, sense the temperature, track fitness data, and much more.
When you’re buying one as a gift, assess the personality and lifestyle of the person you’re giving it to. Are they a big fan of the outdoors? Do they wear business attire often? Answering these questions can guide you in your choice. One example would be buying a Fitbit for a fitness buff. Another is getting a rugged, feature-heavy outdoor watch for someone that goes camping frequently.
Where It Will Be Worn
This issue is similar to the previous section. The reason it is important is that you want to get someone a watch your gift receiver will actually use. The following are a few typical settings they might wear a watch for and what kinds of pieces to consider for each.
- Daily – If your gift receiver is someone that wears watches every day, you will want to choose one that has a versatile aesthetic and fits in just about anywhere.
- Formal Occasions – A small, elegant dress watch.
- During Exercise – A comfortable piece that won’t break down when exposed to sweat and other forms of moisture. Fitness tracking software is a bonus.
- Underwater – A rugged watch that is water resistant to a reasonable depth. You can either go with a metal dive watch or a plastic piece built for pure function.
The size of a watch is more important than most people would initially think. Pay attention to how many millimeters the dial is on your potential gift watches. The three factors to consider are setting, wrist size, and personal style. Generally, smaller wrists, more subtle fashion, and formal events call for smaller pieces. The opposite of each of those attributes calls for a larger dial.
The four materials you can choose from are metal, leather, rubber, and nylon. Each has a distinct look and makes sense in different settings. Metal and leather are the most common, and they work in almost all situations. Rubber and nylon straps are best known for rugged conditions or people going for a unique look.
The truth about giving gifts is that your loved one will likely appreciate whatever you give them. Still, putting some thought into purchasing a product that fits their personality well is worth your time and energy. If you decide that a watch makes sense for your next gift, you now know which factors to consider and how to make the perfect pick.