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What to Look for in a High-Quality Watch

Purchasing a wristwatch can be tricky. With so many brands and models available, how do you know which ones are reliable and worth the investment? To help you get it right, here are a few qualities watch buyers should look for when shopping for a quality timepiece.
What to Look for in a High-Quality Watch


1. Heavy Weight
Watch buyers should beware of models that feel light and thin, as it’s typically a sign of inauthenticity or poor craftsmanship. When a watch is made from high-quality materials such as stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic, it will feel solid, hefty, and heavy on your wrist.


2. Sapphire Glass
The transparent glass that covers the face of a watch can also indicate its quality. High-end models typically feature glass made from sapphire crystals, which are extremely durable and resistant to cracks. Lower-end watches, on the other hand, tend to use mineral glass crystals, which are less resilient and can sometimes be scratched. Plastic glass covers are the lowest quality and a sign of a cheaply made watch.


3. Smooth Movement
 
There are two categories of movement in wristwatches—quartz and mechanical. Quartz movement is the least advanced of the two and can be detected by the choppy, stiff motion of the second hand. Mechanical movement involves a more intricate motor design that moves the second hand in a smooth, sweeping motion. While there are well-made watches that feature both kinds of movement, watch buyers can be sure they’re looking at a quality piece when it features certified mechanical movement.
4. A Nice Finish
To find a quality timepiece, it’s also important for a watch buyer to consider its overall finish. Does the watch look smooth and seamlessly crafted, or do you spot odd bumps, loose pieces, or other signs of sloppy workmanship? Is the watch treated with PVD coating? Make sure to ask the seller, as this process prevents discoloration and is another sign that a watch is well-made.

When you need help determining the quality of a watch, visit the experts at Pawn America in Burnsville, MN. For close to 30 years, this pawn shop has been buying and selling a variety of goods, including watches, jewelry, electronics, and musical instruments. They provide accurate appraisals and know how to identify high-end watches from counterfeits. Check out their website to learn more about their practices, and call (952) 435-7296 to speak with an experienced staff member. You can also visit their Facebook page for more information.

This blog was written by our friends at Vival for our NearSay page!