Five Common Mistakes Watch Rookies Make… and How To Avoid Them

Categories Watches

About to embark on the world of watch-owning? Here are some things you should know beforehand.

Thinking price equals quality

“Price means more complications, and more complications means a better watch” — many brands will advertise their timepiece’s parts count, but more complications makes things, well, more complicated when a string of service bills start stacking up. And don’t expect admirers to fawn over your watch just because it had a whopping big price tag attached to it — buy a piece that’s right for you.


Settling for something too small

On the other end of the scale, don’t try and save money by purchasing a watch that’s too small for you — you’re forking out your hard-earned so make sure you’re buying something you’ll absolutely fall in love with. A case diameter of 38mm is too small for many Australian men and veers into jewellery territory, so save a little more and go for a 40 or 42mm. Of course, there are plenty of muscular options up to 46mm and even 48mm but you need the wrist to wear it… and avoid looking like 50 Cent in a circa 2003 music video.


Sneer at big spenders

Speaking of money, don’t dismiss owners of mega-luxury watches as investors who never actually wear and enjoy their timepieces. If they spend hours researching their passion then shell out serious coin at auction for a collector’s item, they’re genuine watch people who know what they’re doing. And don’t assume every big bidder is a brand adding to their private collection or museum — this isn’t that common, because brands only go out of their way to secure historically significant pieces.


Dissing Rolex

Even people who know nothing about watches know Rolex, like how non-soccer fans know David Beckham and non-car aficionados know Ferrari. When you learn a little more, though, you realise there are more way more expensive watches than a Rolex . . . but if the repair bills start rolling in or you sell your piece for a fraction of what you paid for it, you realise a good old reliable Rolex isn’t so bad after all. Rolex has its reputation for a reason: their pieces have been built to last for more than a century.


Calling it a ‘deployment’ buckle

. . . rather than a ‘deployant’ buckle. Google and it you’ll see dozens of online arguments over the correct way to spell this style of clasp. Trust us, it’s deployant buckle — a translation of the French ‘boucle déployante’, meaning folding clasp.