How to choose a watch

Jak vybrat hodinkyChoosing a watch is something most of us don't do every day. On average, a person buys a new watch once every 3 to 5 years. To make choosing a new watch as easy as possible, we should answer a few basic questions before choosing.

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For whom

A well-chosen watch should express a person's personality. If we buy a watch for someone else, we have to think about his character, status and lifestyle. A wife or girlfriend with an eye for detail and a fondness for quality materials will not be too impressed with a plastic case and stopwatch. For some, the weight and size of the watch or the material of the glass may be important. For individuals with narrow wrists, it is generally better to choose a watch with a smaller case diameter. On the contrary, extravagant people tend to reach for distinctive and imaginative watches.

Therefore, always try to empathize with the person for whom you are choosing a watch. What does he like, what accessories does he wear, is he more of a technical, social or sporty type?


When we are clear about who will wear the watch and where, we can be interested in the types of watches and the associated features.

Social watch (classic, business)

A representative watch suitable for company. Since this is one of the few men's accessories, it should match the others (ring, tie, etc.). Emphasis is placed on detail, simple design and quality workmanship. Mineral glass and a lower degree of waterproofing will suffice. We should choose between a leather strap or a steel pull. We recommend only a leather version of the strap for the suit.

Sports watch

Fishermen, divers, active athletes, trainers, but also people who often move in demanding, wet and dusty environments. Such users need to buy a properly equipped watch. A high degree of water resistance (200m and more) and a sapphire crystal should be a matter of course. We can choose from a wide range of strap materials, but we do not recommend a leather strap for frequent contact with water. For individuals who work with time, a stopwatch (chronograph) and a rotating bezel are nice additions. A compass may come in handy for hikers.

We can recommend the Wenger Sea Force watch to water lovers and the Traser watch to all soldiers.

Designer watch

A watch that is something interesting, distinctive and complements our appearance. Different materials, color combinations and shapes. We often come across watches with larger diameters (more than 50mm) or with multiple dials. They are definitely not for everyone and are more often sought after by women. It then serves more than an accessory and the functions go by the wayside.

All-day watch (universal)

Lately, we have been seeing our clients looking for a watch that can accompany them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So we usually recommend at least a mineral glass with a sapphire finish to resist the ever-present possibility of scratches. Watches with a water resistance of 50m or more are best able to withstand daily contact with water (hand washing, showering, rain).

Among the very popular models is the  Wenger Commando.

Limited edition watch (unique)

Do you want a unique watch that no one around you will have? Then consider limited edition watches. Their big advantage is also the fact that they increase in price over time.

Price range

Here we would dare to use the slogan "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things". As mentioned at the beginning of this article, buying a watch is not an everyday affair. Watches range in price at different levels. A compromise is usually the best way out, but don't count on paying a little extra for a higher model. Especially with watches for more demanding conditions, it pays off. After all, this is a watch that you will wear for several years.

Apparent details

Mineral vs. Sapphire crystal

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When choosing a slide, it is important to think about the environment in which we move. Mineral glass reaches approximately the sixth degree of hardness on the Mohs scale. It is therefore absolutely sufficient for the office or a suit. The sapphire crystal is at position nine, so it can only be scratched by a mineral of the same hardness and harder, which is just a diamond. The sought-after compromise is a mineral glass with a sapphire finish. It is mineral glass supplemented with a layer of synthetic sapphire.

But if you know that the watch will be exposed to frequent impacts (at work, sports or in nature), then we recommend choosing a mineral glass. It is more resistant to shattering than sapphire, and the only thing that detracts from its beauty is the occasional scratch.


We always advise our customers not to underestimate the water resistance of watches. There is nothing more annoying than finding a fogged up or completely soaked watch. If you want to swim with the watch occasionally, look for a watch with a water resistance of 100m. If you will be diving with the watch, you must choose models with 200m and above. Watches with a lower level of water resistance (30m and 50m) should not come into contact with water much.

Types of straps

A leather belt is a classic. At first it may seem too hard and inflexible, but over time it adapts to each hand. It is not advisable to soak it often and to preserve its properties it is good to take care of it. A classic is a leather strip. At first it may seem too hard and inflexible, but over time it adapts to each hand. It is not advisable to soak it often and to preserve its properties it is good to take care of it. On the contrary, you can go anywhere with a steel pull. Shortening to the required length is a matter of a few minutes. For some, its weight can be a problem. The textile belt is very light, but not very resistant to mechanical damage.

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Another option is rubber, silicone and rubber bands. They are suitable for water, light and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, you won't do much good with them in your chosen company. Although many brands already combine silicone straps (in black) with social watches.

So the same applies here – choose a strap according to the intended use of the watch (sport, company, casual wear).


Otočná lunetaA watch is not only a time indicator, but can also offer other functions. The basic one is the date, in some cases also showing the day of the week. We can measure time with a stopwatch (chronograph) and speed with a tachymeter. Many users will appreciate the alarm clock and additional compass.

Watch movement

In the case of a mechanical watch drive, we can choose between manual and automatic winding. More common, and in many ways better, is the battery drive - i.e. quartz. There is no need to wind the watch, you only need to replace the battery once every 4 years. The movement is more resistant to damage, more accurate and cheaper.

But that does not change the fact that real connoisseurs will suffer for the soul of the watch. Only a mechanical/automatic movement is a true watch worth admiring. So if you belong to this group, be sure to look in the automatic and mechanical watches section.

Where to shop

Definitely only at authorized dealers. You can recognize them by being listed on the dealer list at an authorized distributor of a specific brand. Only such a seller can guarantee you the originality, the required quality of the watch and a guarantee associated with customer service. The company Helveti s.r.o. is an authorized dealer and can thus provide you with maximum service and quality services.



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