The Best Wristwatch for A Man – 3 Rules to choose a wristwatch.

Men are such unfortunate beings. We don’t go far when it comes to fashion. How many ways can you fashion a white button down shirt? And how many ways can you wear khaki pants? Or that faded coduroy blazer you got hanging in your ward-robe?

And we can’t wear make-up. Though I’ve seen some metro-sexual friends attempt nail-polish but I just don’t dig that style.

Now, the one accessory that would truly show your status among men is the humble wristwatch. Trust me, a good wristwatch says a lot about you; just ask James Bond. How many times has his wristwatch saved his back? And wristwatches come in several flavors, though you may want to put some thought into it before splashing out serious money for one.

So here I lay down my watch inspired rules to choosing the best wristwatch a man can have (if you don’t agree, shoot me).

Rule 1: Go for function
Watches tell more than just time, they can come with a lot of dials and tell you stuff from dates to temperature, to altitude and tidal cycles. So ask yourself, What would I primarily use my watch for?

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph

A favourite watch to have is a chronograph and almost all watch brands have a version of this form of watch.

A chronograph is basically a stop watch and on some models, you can tell how fast your car is moving by reading the chronograph. Now, chronographs are great watches to have (I have two of these) yet, when would you actually use one? After a while, you’ll realize you have dished out serious money for a function, you only used the first few days of owning your watch. The rest of the time, you’re just looking at your watch to, well, tell time. So buying a chronograph may not be real value for your bucks, unless you fly a small aircraft every other day.

So what do you get, in terms of function?


Seiko Premier Perpectual Calendar

Here’s my suggestion – a perpectual calendar wristwatch. I own two of these watches and boy do I love them. Why? You only have to set the date once and the watch will take care of the rest. And it even count leap years. Most brands carry a version of this type of watch and it makes more sense then buying a chronograph. I currently own the Seiko Premier Perpectual Calendar and its a time-less elegant watch. I purposely went around looking for the above model, it was release in 2007 and is the first model of this kind in the Premier line, making it a collector’s item of sorts.

Rule 2: Go Automatic
Seiko was the culprit that broke the backs of most european wristwatch makers when they introduced quartz technology back in the 1969. Basically, it meant that watches can now run little batteries, making them more realiable and durable. And cheaper to produce. This revolutionized the watch industry and the wristwatch became standard issued apparel (much like underwear). Heck, James Bond wore a Seiko in four movies and I think it was Sean Connery who wore a digital Seiko in Never Say Never Again.

I own several quartz, yet any chance I get; I’ll but automatic. Why? Better resale value. Collectors love automatics and they are willing to pay for it. So if ever you feel like off-loading a watch, automatics will get buyers.

Quartz watches do have resale value but unless you own the following quartz watches, selling them would be hard.

Seiko Holo – only 2000 sold, can fetch USD1000 on eBay

Seiko 7a28 – worn by Lt. Ripley in Alien. Extremely rare.
This one sold for USD410

So in short, buy automatic. They sell well and you can pass it down to your grand-children.

Rule 3 : Buy metal bracelet and leather
Wristwatches come in metal bracelets and leather bands. Have both. Why? A metal bracelet watch can be your ever-day watch. A leather band is for those moments you need a subtle touch, like going for a dinner or meeting.

Switching watches around can be fun and it shows off your character as someone who’s not monotonous.

There you have it, three (3) rules you can apply to choosing a wristwatch. I did not mention brand nor size (wristwatch normally come in 3 sizes) or shape. These factors are very subjective and really depends on individual taste.

If you have any more rules we all can apply to buying a wristwatch (especially for men) do drop me a comment.

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9 Responses to The Best Wristwatch for A Man – 3 Rules to choose a wristwatch.

  1. Coupon Mole says:

    Great article. I’m a huge watch fan. I usually get some good deals when I use World of Watches coupon codes whenever possible to save some money

  2. sd, says:

    Seiko Arctura Kinetic Chronograph

    This Watch from Seiko has been beautifully designed, the rugged armband with the polished details looks awesome and the case design is just fantastic. The watch has a modern look to it by the continuous shape the armband and case follow and even the buttons in the right side of it mimic/follow this design.

    The case also has a modern look to it with some of the details making it look classy. The chronometer sub dial has a tiny blue touch to it that looks fantastic in a rather general silver dial and the fact that it doesn’t need to change batteries is definitely a plus (it uses the natural movement from your hand to charge itself).

    While the crystal is made of Sapphire (in other words it won’t scratch as other types of crystal) the band and case are made of stainless steel, and even if it looks fantastic it does get easily scratched which is the only complaint I would have. Also to notice is that the watch is kind of heavy, but to me it’s not a con, it’s rather a plus, so I can feel I actually carry the watch in my hand without it being annoying.

    Bottom line: if you like a modern, excellent made, great looking and classy watch even if it’s a little heavy then this watch is for you

  3. Dennis Wood says:

    I own 12 watches, have owned a dozen more. While some are expensive, a few of the “best” are actually pretty dirt cheap. The way I figure it, a watch has several primary/necessary functions (not all would agree on just which functions, I agree).
    —it must tell time accurately, why else own it? There’s nothing like a radio-controlled watch to always be spot on, provided you live in a region where such signals are accessible.
    —it should tell you the day and date (the older I get the more often I forget which day it is!!!!)
    —it should tell you the time and day/date quite LEGIBLY; this rules out those fancy watches with a tiny little number hidden in a well that you can’t see; it also means luminous hands. My most useful watch has luminous hands, PLUS an LED backlight so that you can see the time in the dark and also in those times of the evening/early morning, when the glowing hands just aren’t quite bright enough
    —-it should have a perpetual calendar (or in the case of radio controlled watch, have a “smart” calendar function
    —-it should self adjust for daylight savings time—again, radio controlled
    —-it should need batteries either very infrequently (and be user replaceable!), OR be solar, essentially never needing batteries; I don’t mind the expense of buying batteries, but I very much mind having a jeweler replace the battery and finding out that the watch has lost its water repellancy because the seals haven’t been replaced properly. I also resent having to send a watch back to the factory and paying $35-50 to have a battery changed out, and being without it for a week or two
    —if you are a traveler, then it must EASILY provide for changes of time zones as you cross them

    Finally, if function alone doesn’t float your boat, then it must be of a size/shape/weight/design you find pleasing.

    The best watch I own is a Casio Tough Solar, Analog-Digital—-it meets all of the above criteria and costs about $90 at street prices. Not as elegant as my Citizen watches, but none of the latter have ALL of the features I’ve listed above. In practice, you find your time zone the first time you put it on, and from that moment onward, you NEVER have to adjust it again! Every time I look at it, I KNOW it’s accurate to the second, and that the day and date are “on.” I wish Casio made the same watch with a more elegant case and band—-but until then, it’s still the “best” watch I own…..


  4. Liam Lynch says:

    Seiko automatics are a great choice. The watch movements are both reliable and durable. They are just as good quality–if not better–than the brand-name watches owned by Swatch Group that come bundled with an ETA movement. (Very few people know that Omega, Tissot, Longines & Hamilton are all owned by the same corporation.) If you want that something-extra, go for one of the Seiko models available for the Japanese-market-only. There are several reputable Seiko dealers who sell the Japanese models outside of Japan: Higuchi Inc. and Seiya Japan both carry the Seiko Mechanical line and are well respected dealers.

  5. ruchi says:

    i am buying a watch for my boyfriend. However I have no idea about the weight of a watch. i am looking for a watch that is light in weight. what is an approximate weight i should be looking for while buying a watch.
    please help

    thank you

    • Ryan Asher says:

      Hi,well there are no real estimates.But real men watches are heavy and I personally believe its ok for men to have heavy watches.Gives men that manly vibe.The light watches are normally those associated with sports and often times built using some form of hard plastic.If you are buying a watch for your boyfriend,its ok if its heavy.I am sure he will like it.My everyday watch is a Seiko Diver nicknamed The Seiko Stargate.It heavy and big and all rounder manly watch.:)

  6. I would go for the function in a wrist watch. Most of the time I don’t wear a watch but I may consider wearing it for suits. I would not actually spend to much for a watch but I would make sure it looked nice.

  7. cpfisme says:

    Hello, I saw your post about the Seiko Premier Perpetual Calendar watch, it is very very nice. May I ask what model is this? I would really love to get one

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