Watch Buying Guide – Part One

Nov 22, 2010

As we approach the holiday season, you may be considering a special watch for a special person in your life. If you’re not sure what to look for, we’ll be highlighting different features to consider in our weekly Watch Buying Guide.

When choosing a watch, functionality and style are two of the most important aspects to take into consideration.

To begin your education on How to Buy a Watch, consideration should be given to the choice of an authorized watch retailer. Look for an authorized watch retailer who has earned a distinguished reputation. A retailer should have the proper selection of quality timepieces to choose from, knowledgeable and experienced salespeople, and a service department that has trained personnel capable of handling maintenance and repair, using genuine replacement parts and watch bands, for years after your purchase.

Established in 1912, King Jewelers has proudly styled jewelry and timepiece aficionados from around the world. A pioneer among independent couture jewelers, King Jewelers has built an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value and first-class customer service. King Jewelers features exclusive jewelry designers, offers in-house custom designs, private label jewelry collections, and is an authorized dealer for over forty luxury Swiss watch brands including AlpinaBell & RossBulgariBreitlingCartierChanelChopardConcordDunhillEbelHarry WinstonHublotIWCJaeger-LeCoultreJaquet DrozMontblancRoger DubuisSwiss ArmyTAG Heuer, and TechnoMarine. With two store locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, King Jewelers has won numerous awards as the Southeast’s top jewelry store and diamond wholesaler. With a diamond office located in Antwerp, Belgium since 1961, King Jewelers is able to offer Nashville and Miami custom diamond bridal designs and loose diamonds at prices. King Jewelers is a member of the Jewelers of America, American Watch Guild, and the American Society of Appraisers. King Jewelers has GIA Certified Gemologists and offers expert jewelry and watch repairs.

This week, we will focus on the different types of power available in timepieces:

Quartz watches – Battery life has an average of 1-2 years. Watch does not require winding and is very accurate.
Solar-Powered watches – Watches with panels that capture light and convert it to electricity to power the quartz movement.
Kinetic/Autoquartz watches – The weighted rotor, activated by the movement of your arm, turns a mini-generator to generate electricity, which is stored in the watch battery.
Mechanical watches – Require daily winding. Experience has shown that this becomes second nature, usually wound in the morning as you start your day.
Automatic watches – Also known as self-winding, have a rotor which is activated by movement of your arm winding the main spring. Can also be hand-wound. For those who wish to keep the watch running when not being worn, you can purchase a winding box.

Next week, we’ll feature the different types of protection to look for.

For more information about Nashville watches and Miami watches that are available at King Jewelers, please visit our locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN or visit our website at


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