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Few accessories can elevate an outfit quite like a statement watch. Known for being timeless and traditional, these functional timepieces pair well with everything from business suits to shorts and a T-shirt. While these can easily cost several thousand dollars, you can also opt for a less-expensive version that is just as elegant. Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re trying to figure out how to choose a statement watch.

1. Start with the Case

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Since the case (the outer covering of the watch, meant to protect the inner pieces) is one of the most-noticeable parts of a watch at first glance, start by deciding which material you want the case to be made out of. Solid gold has long been the standard, but it’s expensive, which means many budget-minded people often opt for gold-plated varieties instead. Stainless steel is a common option for high-caliber watches, since it is generally resistant to tarnishes and discoloration. Titanium is another popular option; it’s as durable as stainless steel but much lighter. For a more-rustic, outdoorsy look, you can even opt for a wood watch.

2. Decide on the Movement

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The movement refers to the inner workings of a watch. Three of the most-common kinds are quartz, automatic, and mechanical. A mechanical movement is wound by hand, while automatic movements run on their own (although you may need to reset them occasionally  since they sometimes gain or lose a few minutes here and there). A quartz watch uses a quartz crystal that vibrates at certain frequencies when electricity passes across it. Quartz watches are also battery-powered, which means they are very accurate. There’s really no right or wrong choice; it all depends on which you prefer. (This gold-colored quartz watch is one of our favorites).

3. Pick Out the Band

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One important thing to keep in mind is the types of clothes you will most likely be wearing with the watch. Gold or silver bands are a good option for a black-tie event, while metal bands are often worn with business casual attire. Leather straps are incredibly versatile and can be worn with everything from jeans to dresses to shorts.

4. Choose the Dial

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There are lots of things to take into consideration when picking out what kind of dial you want. First, do you prefer regular numbers, Roman numerals, or markers? Next, do you want a decorative dial with gemstones, jewels, or crystals, or would you rather keep it simple? Finally, do you want a watch with lots of complications (like chronographs, calendars, or moon phases)? If you’re not sure, do some online research or talk with a watch specialist to figure out which dials you want your watch to have. You can even choose a dial that matches a hobby, such as traveling or bicycling.

By following these simple steps, you can find a statement watch that matches your style while it stands the test of time.

Shop the Looks:

  1. Wood Watch
  2. Quartz Watch
  3. Leather Strap
  4. Gold-Tone Stainless Steel
  5. Travel Dial Watch
  6. Bicycle Dial Watch

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.

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