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The Only Watch-Buying Guide for Men that You Need

If you do not study horology, it will be difficult for you to find a watch that is really the best one for you. Fortunately, I happen to know a lot of things about watches and this article will serve as your guide to buying the right men’s watch out there.

Watch Movements

One of the most important aspects that you need to think about when choosing a men’s watch is its movement. There are two prominent watch movements that are found in most wristwatches today: Quartz and Automatic.

A quartz watch movement is characterized by its staggered motion that produces that familiar “tick-tock” sound. It is powered by a battery and it should last you anywhere between 12-36 months depending on the watch complications (or additional features, if any).

That being said, a true man should only consider wearing a mechanical watch. But no, I do not recommend that you buy the manual version, I am talking about the automatic watch.

The automatic watch is defined by its smooth sweeping hand movements. Believe it or not, the watch doesn’t actually need a battery. To help power the entire watch, your natural movements will create the much-needed energy to help activate its oscillating rotor, otherwise known as its self-winding mechanism.

Why do men prefer automatic watch? Well, the rationale is akin to men preferring sports cars than your run-of-the-mill Buick.


Now that you are aware of the different watch movements, I am now going to talk about the different genres. There are specific watches that are made for specific use-cases. In this section, I will go over the most common ones that you can find today.

1. Dress Watch

Think of a dress watch as a rather simple timepiece that is devoid of any additional embellishments. They are simple as to not keep the onlooker’s attention away from the suit you are wearing.

2. Driving Watch

This watch is perfect for racers or racecar enthusiasts. Its main feature is the tachymeter which helps them measure the car’s speed, distance, among other things. It also has extra buttons that provide additional functionalities when needed.

3. Aviation Watch

Also known as the aviator watch, these timepieces were pioneered by Cartier, especially since they made the first one for Alberto Santos Dumont.

This watch typically has a bezel and slide rule and can help provide some much-needed information to pilots, especially when they are going to different time zones.

4. The Minimalist

Available in both Quartz and Automatic movements, minimalist watches are true to their namesake mainly because, like dress watches, they do not come with additional watch complications. Instead, they are rather simple and can be used in formal or casual events.

5. Diving Watch

The last genre of watches that you need to know about is the diving watch. They are designed in a way that makes them more water-resistant than other watch types. It comes with luminous dials so that everything is still legible even if you are underwater and it also has a rotating bezel as well that will help divers know how long they’ve been submerged underwater.