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Watches For Sale

There are thousands of choices when it comes to choosing a watch, and the selection can be overwhelming. In the end your choice may simply come down to what catches your eye, but there are a number of points that should be seriously considered when choosing any second hand watch.

To begin with, ask yourself why you want one at all. Apart from telling the time, most buyers have at least one secondary motivation. Watches at their best are a form of jewellery, and there are some stunning pieces available inlaid with gems. You may be looking for a precision Tool, perhaps a telemeter or split-second chronograph. Or perhaps you're after an heirloom, something to leave to your grandchildren, and in that case certain classic, well-established Swiss brands have proven track records for timeless designs and value appreciation. As a status symbol you'd want something that shows off your taste, class and success.

Money is always a consideration, but there is no formula for determining how much you should spend. Consider both value and quality: it can be more economical to buy a good watch that will last for years rather than several cheap disposable watches. In fashion accessorizing, on the other hand, it may make sense to buy a larger number of less expensive watches if you think that some of those fashions and styles may only last a few years anyway.

Case materials vary. Quality sport watches are usually cased in steel or titanium. Prices of gold-plated watches vary depending upon the thickness of the plating, which is measured in microns. Gold plating can range from 2-microns thick to 30-microns and more. Precious metals used on watch cases include 14K or 18K gold, sterling silver and, in some very high-end watches, platinum.

The crystal, which is the glass-like covering designed to protect the dial of the watch, is either plastic, mineral glass, or synthetic sapphire. Plastic is mostly used in lower-priced, mass-market watches, while mineral glass is sturdier and clearer. Sapphire crystals, more expensive than mineral glass, are not only sturdy, but also highly scratch-resistant.

Watch measurement functions (in addition to the hours, minutes and seconds) are referred to as 'complications'. The best-known complication watches are calendar watches, the most common of which display only the date. There are also chronographs with a centre second hand which can be started, stopped and brought back to zero using one or two push-buttons on the side of the watch. Avoid buying features you won't use. You may think they have status appeal, but no one's going to be impressed by features you can't even explain.

No matter how carefully you pick your watch, things do occasionally go wrong. Buying a watch from Watchfinder.co.uk ensures that the manufacturer's warranty is valid. Watchfinder also may offer an extended warranty in the near future. Only expert watch jewellers will be able to give you sound advice or legitimate repair estimates.