Watch collecting can be daunting. Where to start? How are you going to afford a masterpiece watch? What do you need to do on the movement you are not familiar with? In this article, we’ve listed down three categories to which most people who want to start a collection fall into. In every category, we’ve put in the best watches, no matter its movement. Read up and enjoy it!
For the working professionals
The working force is one of the biggest markets for watches. Whether it’s quartz, mechanical, automatic, even smartwatches, people on the 20-65 demographic are the ones that buy watches in hordes. If you belong in this category, then we assume that you have some disposable income, but you also have expenses to pay. You would need something to reward yourself and possibly show off, but not really drain your savings altogether.
If you’re leaning towards mechanical movements, there are a couple of great watches that you can look into. Gaga Milano watches are one of them. This young Italian brand is a breath of fresh air on an industry that’s seemingly obsessed with classic styling and presentation. The Slimline from the brand screams a modern take on classic wristwatches. It’s hyper chic, and you can pair it up with any office outfit!
Smartwatches are also a great choice to ponder. We are living in a world of smartphones. As more than half of the population is connected to the Internet, more and more people want to have their notifications integrated into something they wear, and smartwatches are the purveyor of that trend. If you have an iPhone, the latest Apple Watch SE should be quite enough. It has all the techy features of a smartwatch but without the ridiculous price.
If you’re leaning towards an Android smartwatch, the Huawei GT 2 watch is as good as any that’s crowding the market these days. A Timex Expedition is a solid choice on the quartz front, but if you want something more substantial, a Tag Heuer Formula One should do the trick. A Longine Conquest is a great choice if you want to be fancy, but overall, you can work your way into owning these watches, and your collection should be great!
For those who earn more than the average Joes
If you have a substantial income and you can justify buying luxury timepieces or at least ones that won’t seriously put a dent towards your riches, then, by all means, indulge. You belong in this category when a couple-thousand dollar watch isn’t something you think about how to pay. Or that who you brush elbows with have luxury Swiss-made watches on their wrists.
Let’s start with mechanical watches. You have the world as your oyster, so to speak, but go for the ones which will last you a long time. You earned that money, might as well put it to good use. IWC’s Ingenieur is a no-brainer for a dress watch, then get an Omega Seamaster for a diver’s, and a Rolex Daytona just because. If you’re into more exclusive watches, look out for special editions. A. Lange and Söhne Lange 1 series will get you nods from enthusiasts and connoisseurs.
To make your collection more robust, get non-Swiss brands as well. Grand Seiko, which is Seiko’s luxury arm, has some really excellent Spring Drive watches that will blow you away. Top-tier Citizen pieces are also worth your time. If you have to get just on Grand Seiko, get the legendary Snowflake dial. If you want to go the more niche route, check out the Heritage collection from the same brand.
In terms of smartwatches, the best you can buy right now is the Apple Watch Series 6. The company has added an ECG monitor on the watch, which can read blood oxygen levels. You can use it extensively for monitoring your health stats as well. On the Android front, the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is the smartwatch to beat in terms of features and integration. It doesn’t hurt that it looks and feels like a luxury timepiece as well!
Quartz watches may get a bad rap from some people in the industry, but most people fail to consider that this movement is the most accurate. Most luxury fashion brands that go into watchmaking will use quartz for their movement, and the Bvlgari Serpenti line is a testament to this. A Casio G-Shock may seem like a pedestrian choice for someone who has money, but it’s not the toughest watch in the market for nothing!
For the person who’s budget-conscious
Who doesn’t want a good bargain? There is a budget-conscious person in all of us, and since the watch industry has such a depth and range, you can get really great deals on watches worldwide!
A good choice for a watch you can use every day is Timex Waterbury. It has a right look, powered by a decent quartz movement, and it will last you a long time. Citizen’s Eco-Drive line also has excellent options! Even Seiko, which was the first brand to introduce the quartz movement, has great automatic watches as an alternative. The Seiko 5 line can be had for less than $100 if you know where to look – and that’s brand new!
In A Nutshell
Start your collection now! Don’t wait for you to have wads of cash lying around before you do. You don’t need to be a millionaire to start a collection!