Selecting a first luxury watch to buy can be a long and difficult decision. Poring over several details to find the best watch that fits your budget and working out the exact specifications you want takes time.
With so much to research, knowing where to even begin can be a challenge in itself. Luxury watches have been in production for centuries, and this can understandably make it an intimidating field to invest your time and money into.
Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on, there are always things to consider before making that first leap into the world of luxury watches. Things that can ensure that when you make the plunge, you know you’re buying a watch you’ll love for years and years to come.
Why Buy a Luxury Watch
Owning a luxury watch is, for some, a lifelong obsession. People will save up for years to buy that luxury timepiece they’ve had their eye on. For many it is an expression of oneself, a way to show a sense of style and panache to the surrounding world. But why invest so much into one?
Well, a high-end watch conveys style and a measure of success. It’s a way to invite conversation, for people to see that you have a taste for the finer things, and aren’t afraid to flaunt it.
For others it is about appreciation; the artistry, quality, and engineering that goes into creating complex and intricate pieces. Luxury watches are crafted by master watchmakers using the finest materials known to man. They are meticulously designed to be perfect in every minute detail, regulated for precision that will last for decades.
How Much to Spend on Your First Luxury Watch
An important thing to remember when deciding which luxury watch to buy first is that you don’t need to spend thousands on your first just for the name value. Regardless of the price, make sure you choose your first luxury watch to buy because you truly admire it; settling for something that you didn’t have in mind or simply picking a well-known brand can lead to buyer’s remorse.
Your budget is entirely up to you. How much you should spend on a first luxury watch depends on what you are willing to spend. Go into the purchasing process with an understanding of the top end of your budget and don’t exceed it.
Buying a watch you can’t afford because it has a certain name value or prestige might seem like a good idea at the time, but if you aren’t careful it could get you in hot water.
Watches can be a great investment, but that doesn’t mean that they will always retain value. Going above your means could quickly lead you to owning a watch worth half what you paid that needs hundreds of pounds of servicing.
Don’t get into a hole on a first watch because you have your heart set on the most high-end of luxury watches. Set an amount that you’re comfortable with and stick to it.
How to Decide What Luxury Watch to Buy First
Once you’ve overcome the initial question of ‘why buy a luxury watch’, you then need to decide which to one buy. There are a few things to consider before you splash out on a watch that might not suit your needs — how often you plan to wear it, where you’ll wear it etc.
Many luxury watches are designed for different purposes. If you plan to wear your watch in a certain setting it might not be suitable for, it could get damaged; lowering the value and quality. Consider these factors first before making the plunge.
Work Out How Hands-On you Expect to Be
The world of luxury timepieces is so versatile that there are watches perfect for everybody. But if you want to wear your watch every day without a care in the world for its inner workings, a mechanical timepiece may not be for you. Mechanical watchers require routine winding every day or so to keep them in working order.
On the contrary, an automatic or quartz watch will require no winding, and very little maintenance in general. However, they both have their own upsides and drawbacks to consider; from accuracy, to hand-stutter, and price.
Consider its Function
A key point to ask yourself when working out how to decide which luxury watch to buy first is to work out what you want your watch for. Will it be adorning your wrist every day or are you buying it for special occasions? Are you planning on wearing it in or around water? In hot climates? Looking for one you can leave on for sports?
Selecting a luxury watch is about more than just picking the one that tells the time and looks the best; all luxury watches are designed for different purposes, for different circumstances, and for different environments.
Carry out some research into what your activities require from a watch. For example, if your watch will be reserved for formal occasions, a smart dress watch may be the one for you. If you happen to work on a boat or near water, a watch with high water resistance would be the optimal choice. Work out where you’ll be wearing it and choose accordingly.
What Should be Your First Luxury Watch?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this is never truer than with luxury watches. Which is right for you is dictated by your situation — what constitutes a luxury watch in the first place depends entirely on your tastes and budget. Nobody can tell you what your ideal first luxury watch to buy is.
No matter which timepiece you have your eye on, Blowers can provide quality advice based on years of experience working with some of the most exclusive and luxurious watches in the world.
Our range of Omega watches starts around £1000, including the timeless Omega Seamaster and Spacemaster. We also offer a great selection of Tag Heuers, an excellent choice to start any luxury watch collection.
For a slightly larger budget, you can never truly go wrong with a Rolex. The make attracts attention in any room, and as one of the most recognisable watch brands in the world, everybody you meet will know exactly what you’re wearing.
For a slightly larger budget, we offer a range of stunning luxury watches from established brands such as Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, two of the fabled ‘Big Three’ Swiss watchmakers. A timepiece from either of these stalwarts of the industry would be sure to turn heads.
No matter what your taste, we will help find the perfect piece for you.
Why Buy Your First Luxury Watch from Blowers Jewellers
In many cases, the value of a new watch will depreciate in value after you put it on your wrist due to it then becoming ‘preowned’. If you buy your first luxury watch pre-owned in the first place, you skip the depreciation step entirely.
Opting to go second hand when choosing your first luxury watch to buy also gives you a much wider choice. Instead of limiting yourself to more recent models, you have years of history and prestige to browse to find the right watch for you at the perfect price.
If you’re looking for a first luxury watch to buy, Blowers Jewellers is here to help. Our family-run business has decades of experience in second hand luxury watches and are totally committed to helping you get the watch of your dreams, at the best price available.
To find out more about how Blowers Jewellers can help you in finding your dream first luxury watch, and how we can assist you in purchasing it through our finance scheme, contact a member of our team today, or book an appointment at one of our stores.