The Total Novice's Watch Buying Guide

Watch making has been an artisan trade for several millennia. Dating back to the Greeks and Egyptians who used sun dials to work out the time. Nowadays time-keeping is a combination of intricate technology and artisan finesse. Before you invest in a watch for your loved ones, here's a guide to what works for men, women and children for the complete watch buying novice.

For Men 

It's become increasingly popular for men to choose a watch made from either stainless steel or titanium. Titanium is significantly lighter than stainless steel, although the latter is hardier and can withstand tarnish and discolouration better than other materials. So it's worth weighing up what you consider the most important aspect. Diesel watches are a popular choice and come in a diverse range of styles and materials making them an ideal gift for any guy.

For Women 

For the woman who loves to look glamorous, a gold watch with a finely crafted bracelet band can exude a sense of elegance and luxury, more so than the standard leather strap watch. Gold watch faces can come in 14k, 18k or 22k gold with yellow, rose and white hues all popular choices.

For Children

Children and those who adore the outdoors and sports will get a great amount of durability from a sports-style watch. These feature either a nylon or rubber strap; and they are usually water-resistant or water-proof to a certain depth. Sports watches are great for handling the typical wear and tear expected from an active lifestyle.

When selecting a watch for a loved one, think in terms of functionality, the person's personality and their lifestyle and you can't go wrong!

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