Part 1: Entry Level Watch Buying Guide ($1,000 and below)

So you finally did your due diligence, no longer wanting that off-the-rack $8 ‘watch’ and ready to join us at the adult table. No longer are you going to rock a plastic piece that looks like it came from a kid’s meal, and off into the land of horology.

We at Gracious Watch would love to join you in this adventure into the land of ticking greatness, and we are here every step of the way to walk you through all the lingo and make sure that you’re comfortable with the piece that will be there with you for many years to come.

Whatever your price range, we are here to guide you and ensure you make a timely decision (see what we did there?)

First up, the entry-level pieces under $1000! Here are some tips and advice to choose on would be great starter watches and how to choose wisely, considering pieces that won’t break the bank too much and has value later on.


Invicta Men's 8928OB Pro Diver Gold Stainless Steel Two-Tone Automatic WatchInvicta Men’s 8928OB Pro Diver Two-Tone Automatic Watch

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In the world of timepieces, there are many different watches to choose from. If your budget is under $1000, you can have something that is simple and functional to something with more class and elegance.

Searching for the perfect watch has become as easy as ever, with more companies selling on the internet. It is important to note that you should buy from a reputable dealer.

When you do, you will typically have the ability to return a watch that isn’t quite how you expected and you can also get the manufacturer’s warranty when you go this route.

If you buy a more expensive brand name, you can be assured you’re getting the real thing and not some imitation.

Invicta Women's 1646 Angel Jelly Fish Crystal Accented White Dial Watch
Invicta Women’s 1646 Angel Jelly Fish Crystal Accented White Dial Watch

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There are a few things to consider when you are looking at watches over the price of $300. Watch crystals are typically made of two main types: synthetic sapphire crystals or mineral glass.

Sapphire crystals tend to be more scratch resistant while mineral glass is less expensive and tends to not shatter. When searching for a watch, you should also consider the metal used.

Good, solid watches have solid metal links, whereas cheaper versions use metal links that are hollow. To see what kind you are looking at, look at the links from a side view. If you see the hollow center, you are not getting solid metal. There should also be no, or very minimal, plastic used.

The overall feel of the watch should be solid. Test out the clasp or buckle to make sure they seem sturdy as they will be used often. Swiss watches tend to outrank others in this area.

Movement – Swiss or Japanese?

Switzerland has long been known for its watches, although Japanese makers are not far behind. The movements in a Swiss watch generally come from either Ronda or ETA, while Japanese watches have movements from companies such as Citizen, Casio, and Seiko.

If possible, get a watch from one of the above mentioned makers as you will have reliable movement for years to come.

Who Made the Watch?

There are two types of companies that make watches: those who care about their product and take pride in it, and those who just want to make something they think will look good on a person.

To know how the company feels about their product, you merely need to look the watch over. A company that takes pride in what they do and the timepieces they produce will have their signature emblem or name on the clasp, the face, the caseback, and the crown, or a combination of these locations.

Look for these insignia to be engraved and not somehow ‘attached’ with some type of adhesive.

Heaviness and Lumination

Although more expensive watches tend to be lighter because they use more expensive, lighter metal, many people prefer heavier watches.

This is strictly a personal preference, so if you prefer a heavier watch, don’t worry so much about the type or grade of metal. When it comes to lumination, there are many kinds but it can be hard to distinguish what any particular watch may have.

Watches from Japan tend to have the best luminant and you can check for either LumiNova or SuperLumiNova, which tend to be the best. Some use tritium gas tubes which can last for many years and come from Switzerland.

When searching for a watch that luminates, make sure the luminant is thick enough so you can see it raised.

Price Point

When you’ve decided on the watch you want, it’s important to shop around. Different stores can vary greatly in pricing and doing a simple search on the internet can sometimes save you hundreds of dollars.

You can often find the watch you want for under retail price as competition can be fierce on the internet. When you have found the best price, make sure the company selling it is reputable and that they offer a warranty.

When you receive your watch, make sure to look it over to make sure there are no flaws or problems with the workmanship, but know that true watchmakers will stand by their product as they take great pride in the timepieces they produce.

Part 2: Mid Range Watch Buying Guide ($1,000 to $15,000)

Part 3: High-End Watch Buying Guide ($15,000 and Above)

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