When you're just starting your watch collection, you may be prone to some common mistakes. I'm going to provide some simple practical tips to make it easier to avoid the mistakes you make when collecting your watch.
- #1 Don't just follow trends
Just because a particular watch is a hit on Instagram or is on the wrist of your favourite celebrity, doesn't mean it's the one for you. Being influenced by fellow collectors or watch enthusiasts is natural but remember to purchase a watch because you truly desire it, not because someone else thinks you should. Whether it's a Rolex or a lesser-known brand, choose a timepiece that you love and will enjoy wearing. Always remember, you're buying a watch for yourself, not for social media.
- #2 Resist the impulse to buy too many, too quickly
Starting your watch collection can be incredibly exciting, and with a little money to spend, it's easy to quickly accumulate a box full of watches. However, a collection without a clear theme or direction can lead to regret. Consider your interests and what draws you to a particular watch, and refrain from making impulsive purchases. A good practice is to wait a couple of days after trying a watch on - if you still find yourself thinking about it, then it's likely a worthy addition to your collection.
- #3 Don't overlook the Quartz movement
While many consider the movement to be the soul of a watch, it's not the be-all and end-all. Both mechanical and quartz movements have their place. While quartz watches feature a tick-second movement and mechanical watches use a sweeping movement, both are captivating in their own right. Don't disregard quartz watches; their steady ticking is a reminder of the passage of every precious second.
- #4 Pay attention to the type of strap
Straps can dramatically alter the appearance and feel of a watch. They can add weight, contribute to the style, or even change the overall vibe of the timepiece. Common types include leather, stainless steel, rubber, and flip straps, each providing a unique look and experience. Experiment with different straps to find what suits you and your watch best.
- #5 Don't underestimate niche and lesser-known watch brands
Prominent watch brands often capture the spotlight with their high-budget advertising and celebrity endorsements. However, don't let this deter you from exploring lesser-known brands, such as ADDIESDIVE. Boasting quality on par with some major Swiss brands, these lesser-known manufacturers offer excellent design and build quality, often at a fraction of the price.
In conclusion, whether you're buying your first or tenth watch, choose wisely. Wear it with confidence and regularity. Stay true to yourself and remember that you wear the watch; it doesn't wear you. Apart from the points highlighted above, if you have other mistakes to share from your watch-collecting journey, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below.