Business Travel Gadgets is not without a sense of nostalgia and we absolutely understand the importance of keeping the classic watch alive and well, as the advent of the smartphone and the smartwatch take hold. We offer the following reviews as evidence that we are not all about electronics and technology and quite honestly we prefer a good looking watch for both men and women.
After a quick round of research, we were able to determine that most millennial’s (people reaching adulthood in the early 21st century) are going to prefer the digital smartwatch over the classic wristwatch, but you may be surprised that the classic timepiece may be holding strong and even primed for a true resurgence.
As we begin to look into Business Travel Watches we are going to put an emphasis on style and the aesthetic aspects of today’s timekeeping wearable. We will, however, give you an idea of the various aspect that might impact your decision when buying an analog watch.
The Number one Buying Parameter: Style
Watches come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. As we mentioned, the style of watch you are looking for will be one of the more important aspects of your buying decision. Perhaps you are in the market for a luxury watch for a formal occasion or you could be an active person who prefers a sporty style of watch.
A collector might be interested in a vintage timepiece, a pocket watch or something that reminds them of a watch their father used to wear. The bottom line here is that style can be a very personal thing and you will need to sort through the myriad of styles and pick one that suits you and the places you plan to wear your watch.
Analog or Digital?
For the purposes of this review, we have made this decision for you, but as you shop, you may find that the call of technology is just too great and you find that a digital or smartwatch is best for your needs. Keep in mind, we are gadget people after all and we have not forgotten those who need that 21st Century tech fix.
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So the term “analog” has been used to describe a clock or watch that uses hands to indicate time. The “hands” on an analog watch move slowly and constantly which denotes an “analog quantity” in mathematics.
Analog watches use mechanisms that create a “ticking” motion and are intricately designed to move on a very precise interval. This motion generally drives a series of gears that ultimately turn the hands of the clock or watch and keep extremely accurate time.
Analog clocks are often powered by electricity, while watches are either wound and powered by stored energy such as a spring or they are powered by quartz. According to www.explainthatstuff.com, a lot happens inside of a quartz powder watch. The “how things work” website states that a battery sends an electrical charge through a single piece of quartz, which causes the mineral to oscillate at an exact frequency.
Digital, on the other hand (pun intended), suggests that the clock or watch uses digits to display the time. Digital clocks and watches have come a long way, from a spinning wheel to flipping tiles to the LED displays that are common today.
Bands and Construction Material
Once again, style comes into play, as do the types of activities you plan to use your watch for. Plastic, canvas, gold, silver, leather, and rubber are all materials that are used to make an analog watch.
Ninetynine percent of the time when you purchase a watch you use the band that comes with the watch, but there are those rare occasions when you like the watch but not the band. If you are going to choose to change the band or you ever need to replace a damaged band, keep the following in mind:
- Make sure the band fits your watch. Bands will typically have a spring-loaded shaft that attaches the band to the watch. Make sure the shaft and width of the band are correct for your watch.
- Make sure the band fits your wrist. Some bands are adjustable, in that you can remove links to shorten the band, while others are not, so check to make sure.
- Choose a material that suits your personal preference and matches your watches style.
Decide what you’ll be using the watch for. This ties into the style and type of the watch as well.
Even if you’ve decided that you need more than a basic timepiece, how much more do you need?
Most sports watches feature a timer and stopwatch, but perhaps you’re looking for GPS, a speed calculator (tachymeter), or multiple alarms.
If you’re buying a watch for camping purposes, erring on the side of too many features is probably a good idea.
On the other hand, the metal materials all look amazing, but gold and silver watches get expensive fast.
As far as the band goes, leather is less durable, but is lightweight, and adds a traditional look to the watch.
Water Resistant versus Waterproof
Moisture is the mortal enemy of most electronics and I’m sure many of our readers can remember when moisture in your cellphone or watch was a death sentence for the device. But it might surprise you to know that even though cellphones were slow to the party, several watches have been produced with water resistance since the early part of the twentieth century.
Today many watches such as sports watches are manufactured to be water-resistant if not waterproof/splashproof or suitable for swimming and diving. When a watchmaker makes a waterproof claim they have generally gone to great lengths to seal and protect the inner workings from moisture.
Water-resistance is measured by pressure generally the pressure created by water depth. As you go deeper the weight of the water above you creates pressure and this pressure will help the water to penetrate the seal on your watch.
3 ATM or 30 m watches are manufactured for everyday use: They are often called splash resistant or rain resistant. They are not suitable for swimming, washing hands, boating or diving.
5 ATM or 50 m watches are manufactured to be submerged: They can handle being in shallow water for short periods of time. They can be worn while swimming, boating, showering, working close to water or washing the car.
10 ATM or 100 m watches are manufactured for water-related activities: These watches are often purchased by recreational surfers, swimmers, those who snorkel, sail or participate in water sports. But because they are still limited to 10m they are not suitable for diving.
20 ATM or 200 m watches are manufactured for agressive water activities: professional marine activity, serious surface water sports and skin diving. Suitable for skin diving.
Diver’s 100 m Minimum ISO standard (ISO 6425) for scuba diving at depths NOT suitable for saturation diving. Diver’s 100 m and 150 m watches are generally old(er) watches.
Diver’s 200 m or 300 m Suitable for scuba diving at depths NOT suitable for saturation diving. Typical ratings for contemporary diver’s watches.
Diver’s 300+ m for mixed-gas diving Suitable for saturation diving (helium enriched environment). Watches designed for mixed-gas diving will have the DIVER’S WATCH L M FOR MIXED-GAS DIVING additional marking to point this out.
If you’re buying a watch for style reasons, perhaps to show off a bit at work, brand matters. A cheap Rolex has more brand appeal than a top-of-the-line Timex watch. Brands like Rolex, Omega, and Seiko have great reputations and brand recognition.
|Product Image||Product Description||Product Rating||Price Ranking|
|MVMT Men's Chronograph Watch with Analog Date|
4.6 out of 5 stars
|Swarovski Era Journey Watch||$$|
|JBW Women's Three Sub-Dial Chronograph Diamond Watch||$$|
|Nixon 51-30 Chrono. 100m Water Resistant Men’s Watch||$$$$|
I’m not an expert in fashion, but I can tell you a few things about watches and your clothing.
First, gold watches typically look great with dark, earthy colors like brown, grey, and green. They look best during the day.
On the other hand, silver and titanium watches look great at night. They go well with black, blue, and even grey.
Without getting into all the complexities, there are 4 types of power sources for common watches:
Mechanical: you have to wind these once every day or so.
Automatic: these wind themselves as you move your wrist around.
Quartz: these contain a battery that needs to be replaced every few years.
Solar: Powered by the sun. As long as everything is functional, you neither have to wind or replace anything.
One more less-common feature is a light-up face. If you expect to use your watch at night a lot, an illuminating face helps a lot. Additionally, it’s just fun to play with once in a while.
One final factor to consider is the weight of the watch. Some watches barely feel like they’re on your wrist, while others feel like a brick. Find something that feels comfortable. If you like a watch but want a lighter version, see if you can find a similar model with a leather strap instead of a metal band.