The democratization of watch enthusiasm is something we are keen to promote on a regular basis. As you can imagine aBlogtoWatch receives a lot of questions each week and we do our best to answer the salient ones in our Ask Us Anything section. Recently, the magazine, Men's Health, asked us for help with a section they were producing on style tips and hacks in regard to a range of things related to guys. Watches were among those things, so we were asked to make a simple list of tips for more novice watch lovers that should be of interest to enough aBlogtoWatch readers. So...
Men's Health asks:
What are some [watch] secrets or tips that you've picked up that every man should know?
1. Get a beater watch. Depending on your budget you could spend $10 to $10,000 on something you'll wear when working on the house, being in nature, or playing with the kids. It should match your style, but be something you aren't worried about abusing. It helps you experiment with a range of sport watches and appreciate the true nature of a "tool watch" while keeping your nicer timepieces in good condition.
2. Swapping straps can instantly bring new life into an old watch. It is amazing how different some watches can look on a new strap. Consider swapping out an old or boring strap or bracelet for something in a different color to make it fresh. Just measure the width of the strap in millimeters (assuming it isn't something proprietary) and shop for a replacement.
3. Use watch winders to keep your automatic watch collection in check. Have a larger collection? Don't waste your time winding them all each day when you can place them on watch winders so that they are ready to wear anytime.
4. Cleaning your watch is as simple as using a little bit of mild soap and gently warm water. Sonic jewelry cleaners and very hot water can damage them.
5. Want to extent the life of a watch strap? Consider one with a deployant clasp or adding one. It will prevent you from bending the ends of the strap as much when putting it on and off which will in turn lengthen its life.
6. Size does matter when shopping for a watch. How do you know if a timepiece is too large or small for your wrist? The lugs or end of a watch case should never extend beyond the edge of your wrist. No matter how large the watch is, it should not appear to be larger in diameter than your own wrist. Comparatively, a watch is too small if the lugs or end of the case done come close to reaching the end of your wrist. That will make it look petite and feminine.
7. Legibility is the main reason you'll wear a watch on a regular basis. When shopping for a new timepiece you need to make sure you can read it well. First, you need to make sure the hands are the right length, often times even trusted names make watches with hands that are too short. Also make sure that the hands contrast very well with the dial so that you can see them easily in many lighting situations and angles. Otherwise you'll find yourself keeping the watch in a drawer before long.
8. Invest in a timepiece for various occasions. Timepieces are a lot like shoes, and no one expects you to have just one pair for all situations. Think of a watch in that way and it makes sense that you'll need one for formal occasions, with jeans, outdoors in nature, and for sports.
9. Good watches are expensive and it can be tough to decide how much you want to spend. Don't think of a timepiece as a financial investment, but as a personal one. The more money you spend on a watch, the more useful it should be for you. Want something hip and stylish to wear once-in-a-while? Get something less expensive to fulfill that need. Interested in a more timeless design that you'll want to wear this year and a decade from now? Consider that you'll be wearing it for years to come so a more substantial investment may be merited.