A watch is more than an instrument to tell time. It can be a conversation piece, a status symbol, and even a family heirloom passed from generation to generation. You can tell alot about a man by his watch. There are watches specifically for running, diving and aviation. Your watch should combine function and style while displaying the current time. Each watch will display the time but all time pieces are not created equal.
When shopping for a watch do your research. Use the same discretion that you used when you purchased your last suit, car or piece of real estate. A good watch should be an investment that you know will hold it’s value. Each watch has a heritage!
When shopping for a watch consider the tried and true watch makers such as Tag Heuer, Rolex, Breitling, Ebel and Omega, remember you are making an investment. When you begin your search you will be surprise by how affordable a good timepiece can be. Take a moment to go into a jeweler and ask for their watch specialist. Ask as many questions as you can, then look for the best price for the timepiece you want. Many watch retailers also act as consignment shops for owners of vintage time pieces wishing to sell them. These watches are appraised and serviced to assure satisfactory condition before being put up for sale, many times at reasonable prices.
The Watch Snob, from Askmen.com, provides some additional information on this topic.