Buying a watch in Singapore? From department stores such as Takashimaya to online marketplaces, second hand dealers to standalone luxury watch boutiques, you have plenty of options on where to get a timepiece.
Here’s what you’ll need to consider before buying a watch in Singapore.
One of the most important things to consider when buying a watch is your budget.
If you are not too fussed, you can get an affordable timepieces of good quality for under $250. For a statement quality watch, you’ll be looking at the region of under $1,000. And of course for watch investors or watch enthusiasts, there is a wide range of luxury watches above $1,000 that come with exquisite craftsmanship.
What’s your purpose for buying the watch?
If it’s for investment or if the watch is meant to be a legacy timepiece that you want to leave behind for your loved ones, then consider a luxury watch with a unique design, impeccable craftsmanship and complex mechanism.
If you intend to wear the watch for work, formal events, or a cocktail party, go for a watch that is classic in design.
If you need a watch that you can wear for sports, then choose a digital watch with stopwatch features, heart rate monitoring and other fitness trackers.
Other features you can look out for when choosing a watch include alarm settings, calendar functions, bluetooth functions and GPS.
It is important to check whether your watch has a warranty and how long the warranty lasts. This will save you a lot of trouble if something goes wrong with your watch and you need to get it fixed.
Traditionally, watch warranties cover manufacturer defects which affect the reliability and performance of the watch. They usually exclude damage caused by the wearer such as scratches. Some brands or retailers also offer extended warranties beyond the standard warranty period.
Remember to keep the receipt as proof of purchase.
You should consider the reputation of the brand and the dealer or retailer selling the timepiece. You want assurance that you are getting a genuine watch from a trusted seller or brand. Department stores such as Takashimaya have a wide selection of brands covering all budgets and there are also flagship watch boutiques run by the watch brands themselves.
The advantage of buying from a physical store is you can try the watches on, compare different models and brands, examine the features and designs, and ask questions. Talk to the sales personnel to find out more about the watch features. Ask them about return policies or warranties. A reliable seller or retailer will be able to act as a storehouse of knowledge and offer you all the information you need to make an informed purchase.
A watch movement is the internal mechanism of a timepiece that moves the hands and controls functions such as the calendar, dual time zone or chronograph work.
A quartz movement is powered by a battery synchronised with a quartz crystal. If you’re looking for something that is low on maintenance, then choose a watch with a quartz movement, where all you need to do is change the battery when it runs out. Quartz movements are usually found in entry-level watches.
Luxury timepieces usually have a mechanical movement, which gets its energy from a wound spring. It takes great skill and impeccable craftsmanship to create these kind of watches. An intricate series of tiny components such as gears and wheels function together to run the watch. A mechanical watch can be self-winding or automatic.
A watch is an expression of your personal style.
Do you prefer a leather strap, a metal clasp or a bracelet? How about a big or small watch face, or a round or rectangular one? Do you prefer classic designs or something more futuristic? Does your personality scream bling and bold or classy and understated? You should enjoy wearing your watch, so go with something that suits your personality and lifestyle.