RS Recommends: The Best Watches for Men – Rolling Stone

RS Recommends: The Best Watches for Men – Rolling Stone

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A great watch can be one of the most rewarding purchases you’ll ever make. Sure, it can also take a lot of shopping around, but that work pays off. The right watch is something you (and maybe even your kids) can enjoy every day — not to mention it’s also a fashion statement. In an effort to reduce the work of shopping, we’ve rounded up some of the best watches for men to pick up right now.

Related: The Best Watches Under $200

We should note that determining the best watches for men is highly subjective. Watch buying is an intimate experience — that’s part of the reason why it’s so fun. However, compare favorite watch lists from enthusiasts and you’re bound to see overlap: some brands and models just do it better.

What to Know Before Buying a Men’s Watch Online

Whether you’re spending $100 or $100,000 on your new time-keeper, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with some key specifications. Below are a few things to think about while shopping for the best watches for men online.

Style: You should want to wear your watch — accuracy and prestige don’t matter if you think it’s ugly. Before making a purchase, assess your personal look to see if you want something dressy or casual, classic or modern. If possible, try on any friends’ or coworkers’ watches to get a better sense of size, materials and different watch styles (I.e. diver, chronograph, sport, dress, etc).

Brand: Brand names carry real weight when it comes to watches (similar to the auto industry). With many of the best timepieces, that little badge on the dial indicates decades of quality. However, not all great brands are as famous as Rolex, for example, which is why we’ve found a few under-the-radar watchmakers with stellar reputations in the enthusiast community.

Movement: A watch’s time-keeping functionality, referred to as the movement, comes in one of three forms: mechanical, automatic or quartz. Mechanical watches are old-school, requiring hand-winding from the owner every day or every second day. With automatic watches, that winding happens, well, automatically by harnessing the kinetic energy of the wearer’s wrist motion. Considered the gold standard by enthusiasts, automatic watches will need to be reset if they’re left sitting for a couple of days.

Quartz movements, typically found in cheaper watches, use a battery to keep the watch running (quartz batteries last around two years). Although sometimes less desirable, quartz is actually the most accurate type of movement.

Water-resistance: Almost all watches are labeled as water-resistant, but that can be misleading. Thiry meters water resistance means the watch shouldn’t get wet at all. If you want to swim or shower with your watch, make sure it’s rated at 50 meters water resistance or more. For any kind of diving (or just serious moisture protection), opt for a watch with at least 100 meters …….