Buyer’s Guide to Fine Wristwatches
Man has always been fascinated with time – ever since ancient civilizations began marking time by watching the sun, the moon and the stars. The Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Mayan pyramids – these great monuments; and thousands just like them, were built around the concept of time.
As craftsmen and artisans began to design elegant pieces that were worn, first around the neck, then on the wrists, prestige and elegance became associated with the fine timekeeping pieces that were created. Precision timepieces valued for their significance in travel and communication.
Finely crafted timepieces are now perceived more as jewellery and accessories rather than time keepers.
How much should you spend In Wristwatches?
Don’t try to justify spending a lot of money on a wristwatches – an inexpensive quartz watch will looks great and is quite accurate; there is no need to pay more. The value of a watch is what you perceive it to be. If you desire a collectible time keeper that has mechanical in nature ,a casing quality detailing, precious metals, or designer hallmarks, these are values that you perceive as important – you have vested your emotions. Any watch over $200 is purely more jewellery.
Mechanical vs. quartz Wristwatches
Quartz is far more accurate. Mechanical watch enthusiasts see benefits and pleasures of ownership that others many not.
There are several ways to do many things in life – the process you choose may produce more satisfaction or gratification, depending on you. So too it goes with watches. Although quartz is far more accurate than a mechanical piece, unless it is of the highest calibre, it clearly becomes a matter of personal preference. The personal interaction with a classic mechanical watch is what some people value – newer timepieces require little or no interaction – they are boring.
There are many interesting components to compare on mechanical pieces, for example, the finishing, the movements, types of certifications, adjustment level, performance and other obscurities of mechanical watches.
If all you need is something that is efficient, choose quartz. If looking for something more interesting and more intricate, go mechanical.
Why mechanical Wristwatches cost more?
Mechanical watches cost significantly more than quartz models. In some instances, depending on the manufacturer, you may have the option of quartz or mechanical movement in the same model. Here are some of the basic reasons for cost differences:
- Manufacturing cost –Quality quartz is only slightly cheaper than mechanical. The cost of the movement accounts for < 5% of the cost
- Warranty Service:Warranty claims for quartz watches
- Distribution:Mechanical movement watches don’t sell as quickly
- Exclusivity:You pay a premium for precious stones and metals, precision mechanical parts etc
What is “Collectible” Wristwatches?
There is a wide misconception that if something is label ledas “collectible” it is a good investments– however, that is the furthest thing from the truth. The collectability craze began in the 70’s when buyers of nostalgia surfaced, creating a gold-rush way of thinking.
A whole new breed of people created; who spent incredible amounts of money buying stuff, both old and new; in hopes that some of would become valuable in the future. Sellers associate the term “collectible” with just about anything–knowing; that it people would mindlessly attach greater value without question.
NEVER buy something because someone tells you it is collectible. Buy what appeals to you regardless. The bottom line is: It is only collectible if an individual collects it.