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How to Recognize a Quality Watch - Complete Guide

Hear us out: Choosing the right men’s watch doesn’t need to be complicated. 

At some point, newcomers and veterans of men’s watches have probably wondered how to recognize a quality watch. No matter who you are, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.

Below, we’ll highlight some things you should consider when choosing a quality watch. We’ll also cover some information on whether or not the cost is important. 

What Makes a High Quality Watch?

Here are four things you’ll need to consider when choosing your next timepiece.

Case Materials

The materials used in the watch case are one of the most important considerations when choosing a quality watch. Watches are an investment, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re choosing the right material since it directly impacts watch durability. 

For luxury watches, a high-end material like gold is a dead giveaway for a quality watch. However, gold watches also come with price tags that are likely to break the bank. 

One of the most common materials used in watches today is stainless steel. Don’t worry, though—stainless steel watches can still be high-quality! In fact, they’ve become the go-to material for cost-effective watches that don’t sacrifice quality. 

This Gold Bracelet Watch from Joseph Abboud is the perfect example of why you don’t need solid gold to have a quality watch. It features a stainless steel case that replicates a gold watch's look and adds subtle flair to your outfit.

Gold Bracelet Watch from Joseph Abboud

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If possible, you’ll want to look for 316L stainless steel. This is highly durable stainless steel that can stand up to heat, resist corrosion, and is safe for those with allergies. The kind of stainless steel is often not marked on the watches, but you can usually inquire with the manufacturer to find out. 

Water Resistance 

Unfortunately, watches and water don’t mix well. A high-quality watch should have some resistance to water—this helps the watch last longer and also protects your investment, no matter how much you’re comfortable spending on a watch. 

In general, a watch's water resistance is measured using a unit called ATMs. For example, a watch with an ATM rating of 5 ATMs can withstand water pressure equal to 50 meters, or 164 feet, underwater. 

Quality watches will have a water resistance of at least 3 ATMs—like this Gunmetal Grey Bracelet Watch from Joseph Abboud. It features water resistance up to 100 feet while offering unmatched style and affordability.

Gunmetal Grey Bracelet Watch from Joseph Abboud

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When looking for a quality watch, pay attention to the level of water resistance. You’ll be happy that you chose a durable timepiece that will last you for years to come. 

Strap Materials

The watch face might be the star of the show, but a poor strap can ruin the look and feel of a great watch. 

Look for watches with straps that suit the watch face well. Generally, you’ve got three strap options:

  1. Metal
  2. Leather
  3. Fabric

Quality strap materials are especially important with leather straps—we love the look of a quality leather strap that works with both formal and casual outfits. You’ll want to look for smooth leather straps free of distress or excessive creasing. However, designs in the leather are fine, as long as that’s what you’re looking for. 

For example, this Multi-Function Croco-Grain Strap Watch from Joseph Abboud—the croco-grain leather strap adds a tasteful design that helps the watch stand out.

Multi-Function Croco-Grain Strap Watch from Joseph Abboud

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Solid links are a good quality indicator for metal straps. They also won’t pull on your arm or wrist hairs much, which can make you uncomfortable with lower-quality links.

Our new Park Place watch collection is an excellent example of solid link bracelets. This gold version is a great start for those who want a high-quality metal strap watch that is sure to turn heads.

Park Place gold watch from Joseph Abboud

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Watch Finish

The watch's finish is a great indicator of quality. You can tell if you’re holding a quality timepiece by simply feeling the watch in your hands—is it free of unusual bumps or defects? If not, you’ve likely got a case of poor workmanship. 

A quality watch will feel nicely finished and comfortable when worn. Any detailing in the watch should add to the overall look and aesthetic rather than take away.

Are All High-Quality Watches Expensive? 

It’s a common belief that price is an indicator of watch quality. 

Is this true?

Well, it’s not that simple. In most cases, and as a rule of thumb, you get what you pay for. However, you don’t need to break the bank to get a quality watch that looks great with top-notch durability. 

Price is usually just a starting point. Until you look at the above factors, you never really know if you’re getting a quality timepiece. 

Work within a budget that is comfortable for you. It’s possible to find some amazing watches for under $100 if you know where to look!

Just look at this Smooth Strap Watch—it provides effortless, timeless style for just $85. 

Smooth Strap Watch from Joseph Abboud

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Of course, if you have the cash, you can look to pay thousands of dollars for watches. However, at that price point, don’t let the cost dictate whether or not you’re buying a quality watch. Be sure to examine the watch and make the determination yourself. Otherwise, you’ll be out of a lot of money with a watch that isn’t worth your time. 

Get Quality Watches From Joseph Abboud

Luckily, you don’t have to go far to find quality watches at affordable prices.

Joseph Abboud’s watch collection has all your favorites, including leather straps, metal straps, unique designs, subtle faces, and more. Our collection lets you pick up a quality timepiece without breaking the bank, too.

Don’t wait—get your forever watch from Joseph Abboud today!

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