Picking a new watch can be an overwhelming experience.Before deciding, think about when and where you plan on wearing the watch. Some important attributes to consider include the size, weight, water resistance, and the band material. Consider what is more important to you, and browse around. If you have any questions, let us know.
A watch marked as water resistant with no specific depth can handle light exposure to water, such as accidental splashes. This type of watch is not meant to be submerged in water. If the watch has a measured depth on the dial, then it can withstand exposure to water up till the depth indicated on the watch. Some watches, specifically divers, have a screw-in crown that seals the watch from water. Please make sure this type of watch is properly sealed in order to prevent water damage.
0-30 Meters- Can withstand splashing, rain, and accidental water exposure. Should not be used to swim.
50 Meters- Can be worn in a shower or while swimming in shallow waters.
100 Meters- Can be used for Snorkeling and Swimming. We recommend 100 Meters as a minimum for swimming.
200 Meters- Skin Diving. If it is a Diver's 200, then it meets ISO standards for Scuba Diving.
Please be aware that if the band is made out of canvas or leather, it may sustain water damage even if the watch case is resistant. For swimming, a stainless steel, titanium, or rubber band is a more resilient choice.
The crystal of the watch seals the dial and hands. Watch manufacturers typically use these three materials, which vary in their protective qualities.Acrylic Plastic Crystal is the least durable of the crystal. This material can easily scratch from normal use. This crystal can be polished to remove scratches that may appear over time.
Mineral Crystal(like Hardlex used by Seiko) is made of several minerals that are processed and hardened using heat, creating a durable crystal that is highly resistant to scratches and damage. The Mohs hardness scale measures this crystal at 7.
Sapphire crystal is the most durable and scratch resistant material. The Mohrs Hardness Scale measures Sapphire as a 9. This crystal is typically used on Swiss watches and some Japanese watches.
Automatic and Quartz Movements
Automatic- These are typically Swiss Made or Japenese. The movement is mechanical and has not electronic parts. Nowadays, automatic watches are typically self winding. That means that simply wearing the watch and moving around will fill the power reserve. Some automatic watches also include "hand winding" function. By twisting the crown of the watch repeatedly, the power reserve is increased, and the watch begins to wind and function. Watches may either be entirely self-winding, hand-winding, or combined. Please keep in mind that these watches may need to be serviced after a few years in order to keep accurate time.
Quartz- This movement is considered to be the most reliable way of telling time. The quartz movement is powered by a battery. The battery typically lasts a year and a half, and is very cheap to replace. Quartz refers to the quartz crystal in the movement. The battery sends electricity through the integrated circuit to the crystal. The electricity causes the crystal to vibrate. The vibrations or electrical pulses are then sent to the Stepping Motor via the circuit. The Stepping motor sends a pulse at set intervals to the dial train. The dial train moves the hand.
Shock proofing helps protect the function of the watch against wear and tear. If you plan to wear the watch while participating in sports or heavy activity. Consider buying a shock resistant watch if you have an active job or engage in sports. The most famous producer of Shock Resistant watches is Casio. Consider the G-Shock or Baby-G line if you are interested in a shock resistant watch.
Canvas-Typically made of cotton or synthetic materials. Comfortable for daily use.
Rubber- Synthetic Rubber or Polyurethane. Great for use in water.
Leather-Typically Calf leather. Sometimes Synthetic.
Resin- Similar to plastic, but much more durable.
Titanium- Lighter and Stronger then Stainless Steel.
Stainless Steel- A light, durable material.
Keep in mind, that you can buy different bands for many of the watches, and change them on your own if you like variety.
Most of the watches we sell are typically made of Stainless Steel. Some of the stainless steel watches are coated with a polish. Watches with a colored bezel or case are typically made out of stainless steel, but coated or plated with the color. Stainless steel watches are durable and is widely used by watch manufacturers.
If a watch is marked "Gold Tone," then the watch is merely gold colored. This means there is no gold on the watch. If the watch is Gold plated, then thin layer of gold is plated around the case.If the watch is made out of gold, sterling, silver,or platinum is used, a Karat is used to measure the ratio of the precious metal to the additives.
Titanium is also used for new watches because of its light weight and superior durability.
For most watches, we include a two year warranty. Please look over our warranty page for more details.