Buying a luxury timepiece

When it comes to being luxury watches because of their huge range there are a lot of questions that can be asked. This guide will inform you on some of the most trickiest areas when it comes to choosing your new luxury watch. Because many have high resale values it is important to choose smartly by taking your time and doing plenty of research.

Many of you might have heard of The Geneva Seal. This was established in 1886 and is used as a clarification for watchmakers for their timepiece’s movements. The certification is based on the finishing and aesthetic decoration of the watch movement. The precision can also be tested but is considered an option of The Geneva Seal. If you are looking to buy a watch and it happens to have this accolade then rest assured that you are purchasing something of the highest quality. Many of the top watchmakers regularly submit their pieces to be rigorously¬†and critically tested and examined.

Every sport watch from a cheap plastic one to a high end model will be labelled with either waterproof or water resistant. It might come to you as common knowledge the meaning behind these two labels but the difference between these two classifications is often mistaken and thought to be interchangeable. A water resistant watch will be able to resist any water that is splashed or mistakenly put under water for a brief period of time. It however won’t be suitable for swimming. Water proof watches have a classification system that informs the wearer what depth the watch can resist. A 10bar (100m) watch would be suitable for swimming it is highly recommended if you want to dive that you use a watch with a 20bar resistance (200m).

The relationship between the number of jewels in a watch movement and the quality of the same movement is something that often confuses first time luxury watch buyers. Jewels are used in watches for two specific reasons. Firstly they are very hard and therefore do not wear easily. Secondly they are also able to be worked into a very smooth finish allowing for watchmakers to create finer pieces. Both these advantages allow for a lower amount of friction between moving parts inside the watch. It would be wrong to advise someone that more jewels in a watch would make it a better timepiece. There can be a such a range of moving parts and jewel components can range from a part that moves once every 31 days to another part that moves multiple times every second. Therefore it is hard to compare the amount of jewels in a timepiece unless you know their exact location and purpose within a timepiece. The more moving-part features a watch has the more jewels it should require as more moving parts equals more friction.

Buying a luxury watch has to be a personal decision but all these things must be taken into consideration as they can insure you are buying something that will give you a lasting timepiece.


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