Posted on February 29, 2016
If the watch is a gift you want to be remembered by, consider a mechanical watch. Its likely to retain its value, certainly if its a big name and one day, it may be handed on to another generation. Watches are jewellery too and can have a lot of meaning to those who receive and own them.
Who knows, you may be remembered one day by the watch you buy today.
Basically, a Sport chronograph watch, is a watch with additional timing functions. Many sports have the competitor completing a task in a set time. Any watch can tell you roughly how fast the competitor is going. A chronograph watch has separate functions to precisely measure the elapsed time. Check how many timing features your watch has. Your additional dial means you can start, stop and cancel a sequence. Two additional dials usually means you can stop and zero one timer, while the other continues. This gives you elapsed time and individual lap times.
Many waterproof watches have a screw down winder function. Like divers watches. This improves their waterproofness. If you want a watch to go diving with, you must check whether the watch is just "splash proof" or is OK to dive as deep as you can.
This means that the timer part of your watch can be zero'd after a timing event, i.e. the timer hand "flys" back to zero.
The "movement" is the driving component inside your watch case. You can get basically 3 types of movement.
These date back 100's of years to when timepieces were first made. Huge strides have been made in the manufacture of mechanical watches. The metals used, the techniques and the functions of mechanical watches are amazing and delicate. Mechanical watches, are the most collectible.
Many modern watches now have no moving parts. Except for a vibrating crystal. A battery powers the crystal, which oscillates at a constant frequency. This gives the watch its amazing time keeping qualities. They are easy to own and manufacture. So you can often get very good value, with a lot of functionality and good looks. They don't need winding, but its a good idea to replace the batteries every three years.
Timekeepingis accurate and maintenance almost zero. So you will always know the time, without any effort.
New methods of driving a watch have recently come on the market. Seiko, produced a kinetic watch that is powered by your movement. Citizen have created a light powered watch called an "Eco-Drive." This uses sunlight to run it and can store as much power as is needed to run the watch for up to 5 years.
Wear your watch only where it is appropriate. If you are going rock climbing or mixing concrete, its a good idea to not wear your watch. Never leave your watch in direct sunlight. The sun can overheat your watch and damage its function.
Thermal shock can also damage a watch. Heating in the sun then plunging into cold water can affect your watch. Best to avoid.
The battery in your quartz watch is affected by extreme heat and extreme cold. Keep your watch at temperatures you live in. Don't expose to extremes.
Leather straps can be damaged with household cleaners or any chemicals. Keep your watch away from chemicals. Clean your watch strap, as per the manufacturer instructions. Metal straps can be affected by sand and grit. Keep them clean or clean after exposure.
If your watch is exposed to sea water and is waterproof, rinse it off with fresh water. Otherwise wipe with a damp cloth to remove any corrosive salt.