How to Buy a Timeless Watch

In this day and age, cell phones have taken over the world of time, leaving wrist watches to be less of a tool and more of a fashion statement.  But one thing’s for sure: No one wants to be caught with a naked wrist.

Now, buying a watch can be tricky. Knowing what works, what looks stylish, and what will last is complicated — and you definitely want to make your purchase worth the investment. Don’t worry, here are three things to keep in mind when looking for a watch:

1. Band

The first is the band. Judging by Jeremy Kirkland’s top picks on Esquire.com, leather bands certainly take priority, adding a sleek look to any man’s wrist. However, you shouldn’t rule out metallic bands. Jeremy highlights the Omega Speedster and its silver-toned band. And if you’re not quite sure about this watch, just remember it’s good enough for George Clooney and NASA.

omega speedster watch

With its exceptional quality and good looks, the Omega Speedster hasn’t drastically changed since it was first released in 1957.

2. Face

Secondly, be sure to take into consideration the face. With all the advances wristwatches have made, there are many faces and dials to choose from. One thing to avoid is too many dials. Over dialing on watches can be a problem, and it can leave the watch looking more chaotic than suave. Also, know what each dial measures. You don’t want to be the guy at the party saying, “I don’t really know what it means, but it sure looks cool.” A simple, one-dial watch, such as the IWC Pilot’s Mark XVII, may be all you need.

 IWC’s Pilot Mark XVI

Originally made for pilots, IWC’s Pilot Mark XVI is built to withstand high altitudes and strong magnetic fields.

3. Life

Finally, a watch must last to establish itself as a truly timeless piece. Many watches now-a-days are self-sustainable, not needing a battery to keep them ticking. Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology uses solar power to run the dial. Another way to make batteries obsolete is movement technology. Watches that employ this technology wind themselves as you move your wrist.One movement technology watch is the Hamilton Khaki Field. Jeremy from Esquire says, “Change the straps as you wear them out, as the ETA Swiss movement will likely outlast the bracelet — and may outlive you too.”

Hamilton Khaki Field watch

The official watch of Indiana Jones, the Hamilton Khaki Field is made for “the field.”

With these details, the only thing left is to quit using your phone to keep you in sync with the world. You’re now ready to buy a watch that will add to your style and keep you on time.

Watch photos from Esquire.com.

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