Buying better watches for him

Looking for a special gift for your partner, father, son or friend? Find out how to choose better watches to buy for him.

When it comes to gifts to show your appreciation for the man in your life, there are few that are as well-received as a good watch. It feels like a status upgrade, it heightens a man’s sense of prestige and is a great versatile tool he’ll be glad to wear with a range of outfits.

However, choosing a watch isn’t always easy. You need to make sure that you’re choosing well, which means answering a few questions.

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Is he more sporty or classic?

There are two major trends in watch styling. There are those that look a little more formal and timeless, and those that look more active and fitness-based. If you get a sporty watch for a man who is a bit more of an academic, it can make it feel like you don’t know him at all.

However, if your guy is a fitness lover or is simply always on the move, a good Seiko Chronograph might be much more up his alley. There are other types of watches, such as driving and diving watches, but the two categories mentioned above cover the majority of styles

How ostentatious is he?

Regardless of what kind of watch you choose for him, there is going to be a very wide variety, all with different levels of detail. Get to know the different complications (a term for the additional functions) that watches have. If your man is the kind who appreciates fine detail and artistry, then he might like watches with a lot of complications to show off. If he’s the more no-nonsense, casual kind of man, then you might just want to keep it as simple as possible.

What are his practical needs?

Watches aren’t just a fashion accessory. They also have a very real and practical role to play in a man’s day-to-day life. As such, when you’re looking at watches, consider the difference in how they operate. For instance, compare the Rolex Daytona to the Submariner and what kind of environments they operate better in. While the Submariner is still a fine watch, it’s clear that it’s most suited to those that operate in water or wet environments.

What size does he wear?

This is where a lot of people inadvertently mess up. The size of the watch does matter. A lot of guys don’t want to wear a watch that feels too bulky, though most like one that has some sense of weight on their hand.

There are guides that can help you get an idea of a man’s watch size, based on the circumference of his wrist. If you’re lucky, however, he will have previous watches that you can quickly find the size of when he’s in the shower or not wearing them for one reason or another.

The tips above hopefully have you thinking a little more seriously about the kind of gift you should give the man that you care for. A little extra effort can heighten the impact of a gift way more, so take your time.

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