A Guide to Men’s Wristwatches

watchesIf you read our previous entry, you may be an expert in choosing the right jewelry for the special women in your life. But, now it’s time to learn a thing or two about how to choose the perfect wristwatch for yourself! A man’s watch can say a lot about him, and finding the perfect look and fit can be tricky. These tips will help you find the style that best fits your needs.

One of the first questions to ask yourself is: “When will I wear it?” Obviously the deep-sea diver and the Wall Street executive will require different functions and designs from their wristwatches! But beyond the obvious, you may want to consider more subtle factors. Do you work a lot with your hands? Do you hit the gym every day after work? Or do you prefer to only wear jewelry on the weekends for a big night out? Determining exactly what you’ll be using your watch for will help you navigate through the many functions and features of the watches available to you.

Another basic question to consider early on in your decision process is: “Digital, analog or both?” An analog watch may look more formal and is usually appropriate for business or formal events. A digital watch tends to be more casual, or even sporty depending on how you plan to use it. Either way, there are a variety of styles between both these extremes to help you find the perfect fit.

Next, consider the more technical detail of how your watch will run. Not many people know how their watch keeps accurate time. The quartz crystal inside the watch is responsible for this. The current from the battery is sent through the crystal which causes it to vibrate. Quartz is used because of its unique piezoelectric properties. When voltage is applied to a quartz crystal, the crystal “tuning fork” will vibrate at over 30,000 times per second, and when shaped like a bar or tuning fork it will hum at a certain frequency, depending on shape and size of the crystal and voltage applied. Quartz does this well because it absorbs almost no energy, making a stable frequency. The watch will then have little “amplified mics” so to say, to pick up the hum of the crystal, when the watch circuit knows the size and shape of the crystal and the voltage applied, it can translate that into minutes, seconds, so on. Also, quartz crystal properties are not affected by extreme temperatures, at least those that humans can survive in. By contrast, mechanical watches have a complex set of gears that require manual winding to keep accurate time. Each type has its own appeal, and the experts at Smoke Tree can help walk you through the pros and cons of each.

The last series of questions to ask yourself should be the easiest, and most fun. Determine your style! Do you prefer larger, flashy jewelry or more subtle pieces? Do you want to impress everyone at the big board meeting, or document your next personal record on your daily run? Have some fun, explore your options and take a risk! And if you have any questions, our experts are here to walk you through the entire process to make sure you find a watch that’s as unique as you are.