How to Find the Perfect Affordable Starter Watch

One accessory that can upgrade a man’s style instantly is a good watch. But a good watch can be hard to find, especially if you’re a novice to the industry. So what does a good watch entail? To cover the most basic aspects of a dependable timepiece, it needs to be convenient, fashionable, and well-fitting among other things.

But I have so many questions! For one, what does it mean for a watch to be convenient?

Good question. We’ll be covering everything you need to know when it comes to buying your first watch. Here at Jargon Fashion, we believe that watches are a must in the accessory world. But in order to buy the best possible starter watch, you’re going to need to know what makes a timepiece great.

Convenience

Convenience means many things. When it comes to clothing, convenience means that your fit can adapt to many different environment and conditions. When it comes to watches, convenience means it’s durable, easy-to-use, and is worth every cent you pay.

You first have to determine what you need a watch for. Do you need it for daily wear, a dinner, work? Before you can buy a watch, there needs to be a good reason behind it.

If you’re looking for a watch that is for looks, then you want to invest in a dress watch. They stand out in all the perfect ways.

Dress watches aren’t too flashy but they can catch everyone’s eye once you walk into the room. Plus, the movement of a good dress watch is almost always top-tier if you know where to buy from.

Dress watches also tend to be on leather straps but there can be exceptions to this trend such as a bracelet-fitted Omega Speedmaster or a Rolex Oyster Perpetual.

If you want to check off all the boxes, a perfect affordable starter  watch that certainly won’t break the bank is the Seiko Presage SSA346J1.

It has near-perfect movement, is clean-cut with a beautiful dual, and won’t break on you due to the extreme care that goes into making every watch under the Seiko brand.

If you’re frequently near water, then a diver watch is definitely the way to go.  Diver watches are not only water-proof. They can also function under high pressure.

Some diver watches can endure pressures and water leakage of up to 400 meters and always have some type of thick bezel that can tell you how long you’ve been underwater. These bezels are also common for aviator watches such as the IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph Watch which pilots and passengers alike use to tell the time that they’ve been in the air

For dive watches, you won’t usually see leather straps since leather straps are more prone to damage when exposed to both fresh and salt water. Instead, most dive watches come with either a bracelet, NATO strap, or polyurethane strap.

These make dive watches much more robust and handy for work. On the downside, this means that it’ll be tricky to dress with compared to something such as the Seiko Presage lineup. There are exceptions, though. The Rolex Submariner line has quickly gone from a work watch to a watch that can be used for both occupations.

A good starter for a dive watch would definitely be the Seiko SKX007 hands down. At a price range of $200-300, you’re getting more than your money’s worth. This watch has some of the smoothest movement in the game for a $200-300 timepiece and it has the build and quality of a Submariner.

It can be a bit big on the wrists but they have many different variations that you can choose from. Furthermore, with a 200-meter capacity, you’re free to roam the waters with this trusty piece by your side.

If you want a mix of both, then try for a casual watch. These are usually the watches that you can wear day in and day out and they have aspects of both a diver and a dress watch. There are some variations that have a band as well as a bezel and there are some which have water resistance and a crisp, clean dial.

The purpose of a casual watch is to wear it wherever life calls you to go. The convenience of a casual watch comes from its hybrid composition of aspects from both diver and dress watches as well as its dependable design.

A good starter for a casual watch would be the Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Men’s Watch. For starters, it looks great on a polyurethane strap, a NATO strap, and a leather strap. A bracelet wouldn’t fit the style as much but with the Timex Expedition fitting three out of the four main watchband options, it’s still a great option.

Furthermore, its chronograph dial and date window give you full access to the time throughout the day down to the very second and it is water-resistant up to 330 feet. However, it’s important to note that while you can swim with this watch, you can’t use this for diving purposes since it will easily contaminate and hurt your body.

There are many other great options out there for casual watches that are sub-500 but it’s really hard to pass up Timex’s affordable price tag and wide range of benefits when you buy their Expedition Field Chronograph Men’s Watch.

Fashionable

Convenience is probably the biggest part when it comes to choosing your watch but no matter what you choose, the watch needs to be fashionable. It doesn’t matter if it’s a work watch or a dress watch, you need to learn how to make it fashionable. Simply put, you need to learn how to style the piece.

Styling your piece comes down to what you wear and what type of watch you’re wearing. For example, a dress watch goes perfectly with a suit but might look a little faulty whenever you wear it with track pants and a t-shirt.

But a fashionable watch also has to meet several of its own requirements. For one, it can’t stand out too much. A good watch is meant to catch your eye but nothing more than that. A watch that tries to get the attention of others is a watch that is never worth buying.

In today’s fashion world, a great watch that is considered fashionable is usually anywhere from 35mm-40mm in length, uses mostly neutral tones, and focuses more on the dial’s design than anything else.

There are hundreds of affordable starter watches out there that fit these requirements. In fact, the Timex Expedition Field Chronograph, Seiko SKX007, and Seiko Presage are all qualified choices if you grade them by these standards.

Well-Fitting

The final component to a great starter watch is how it fits and this ultimately comes down to your wrist size. Each wrist size has its own watch measurements. A 6-inch wrist can work with a 38mm watch dial while a 7.5-inch wrist can work with a 45mm watch dial.

If the watch dial is too big, then your wrist will feel clunky and the watch itself will have a negative flair. If the watch dial is too small, then the entire purpose of a watch–besides keeping time–is now gone.

To find a well-fitting watch, you can either go the rigorous route by measuring your wrist and finding the perfect watch via your wrist size or you can settle for a watch with a diameter between 36-42mm.

The 36-42mm watches are considered to be the best range of watches when it comes to fit. 36mm is just perfect when you’re looking for a low-key watch and 42mm is the threshold for sizing before the watch itself starts to look too big on your wrist.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a good fashion sense or if you’re watch is a $10 pick-me-up from your local thrift store. As long as its well-fitting, your wrist game will instantly be ten times better.

Conclusion

If you haven’t bought a watch yet, then we highly recommend that you do so. One common misconception is that you have to spend big bucks in order to get a good watch but that couldn’t be more false.

A good watch can be picked up at any price range and an affordable starter watch can be a better companion than your typical Rolex if you use it well. Furthermore, a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s convenient, fashionable, and well-fitting.

Sometimes, a higher price tag means that you’re willing to pay more for an “exclusive” piece when, in reality, an affordable starter watch can serve every purpose you would ever need.

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Tristan

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