A watch is not just there to complete an outfit. It is essential to consider if the watch you own is practical and well-suited to your lifestyle. Yet with so many different brands and styles of watches available in the market, there are a number of things to consider before deciding on what to purchase. For instance, do you need a watch that will help keep track of your schedule? Do your hobbies include physical activities like diving or running? Do you regularly attend social events and need a piece to go with your business attire or a tuxedo?
Hence, before splurging on a timepiece, you should know just how different watches can be. Because while exterior details are definitely important, having one that fits your lifestyle is more important than you think! To help you find the perfect one, we discuss the seven styles of watches to narrow down your list:
Different Types of Watches for Men
1. Analog Watch
An analog watch's display is a clock-face with 12 hours, an hour hand, and a minute hand. They appear in traditional numbers or Roman numerals, and most analog watches have marks representing the 60 minutes in an hour. This kind of watch is best for everyday use, being the easiest to decode and operate.
Artelier Chronometer Date, price unavailable, ORIS, Washington Watches and Jeweries, Shangri-La Plaza
Carrera Calbre 5, price unavailable, TAG HEUER, TriNoma
2. Digital-Display Watch
A digital watch indicates the hours, minutes, and sometimes even the seconds using actual digits, rather than the hands seen on typical watch dials. Digital display watches are particularly helpful for those who are always on-the-go or those who engage in active sports and need to check time with just a glance.
T-Touch Expert Solar II, price unavailable, TISSOT, SM Makati
Limited Ed Digital B650WB-1B, P3995, CASIO, Zalora.com.ph
3. Dress Watch
A dress watch is a classic, elegant style that's best for special occasions or social events. While it is often also an analog watch, a dress watch often has a leather or metal strap with a simpler, more minimalistlook. Its subtle elegance is intended to be worn with a business suit, formal barong, or even a tuxedo.
Master Ultra Thin Date, price unavailable, JAEGER LECOULTRE, Greenbelt 5
Patrimony Self-Winding, price unavailable, VACHERON CONSTANTIN, Rustan’s
4. Chronograph Watch
A chronograph is a more technical term for a stopwatch, because it incorporates the latter with the time display. This type of timepiece is one you can use to time any kind of event with precision. An independent second hand can be started or stopped using a button on the side of the watch, there is also a push button at the bottom to reset the timer back to zero. Its dial shows the usual 12-hour clock-face, but it also has three small sub-dials to time seconds, minutes, and hours.
Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph, price unavailable, AUDEMARS PIGUET, Lucerne, Shangri-La Plaza
Cosmograph Daytona Watch in 18-carat white gold, price unavailable, ROLEX, TriNoma
5. Diving Watch
A diving watch, as its name suggests, is designed for those who enjoy underwater activities, such as diving. A typical diver's watch will have a water resistance of around 200 meters to 300 meters. However, with the advancement of modern technology, some diving watches can now go much deeper than 300 meters and still tell time with precision. A movable bezel also serves to help you take note of the elapsed time spent underwater. That said, you don't have to be a diver to wear one. You can still sport a diver's watch for everyday use because of its sturdiness and functionality.
Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial Master Chronometer, price unavailable, OMEGA, Greenbelt 5
Prospex SLA023J1, P180,000, SEIKO, SM North Edsa
6. Pilot Watch
Pilot watches were made sturdy and designed for pilots' use during World War II to make in-flight calculations. Yet for today's more commonplace usage, the perks of wearing a pilot watch come in the form of an easy to read face that is generally large, with an equally large-sized crown that's made to protect the face of the watch.
Navitimer 1959 Edition Platinum Blue, price unavailable, BREITLING, Greenbelt 5
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire, price unavailable, IWC, Central Square Mall
7. Smart Watch
A smart watch is designed just like a traditional watch but enhanced by modern technology. It usually has a touch screen and is supported by apps, that can help you keep track of your health, play music, and access your phone's messages and calls.
Apple Watch Series 5, P28,500, APPLE, Power Mac Center
Summit 2 Black Steel and Steel Bracelet, price unavailable, MONTBLANC, Rustan’s Shangri-La