Purchasing a new watch or any type of jewelry online can be a bit risky, especially if you are shopping online at small websites that could easily be selling you items that are just replicas and not the real deal. But there are some steps you can take to make sure as much as possible that you are not getting ripped off when purchasing watches online.
Decide on What to Spend First
There are just too many timepieces available for sale online that fall into various categories and various styles. It is very likely that as you look around you will probably be drawn to several models but there is little use in giving any certain watch any attention when it is way over your budget. So at the onset you need to decide on your budget and this can reduce the amount of time searching. It is advised to have a price range instead of just a fixed number so that if you find some that you are really attracted too with the specifications that you have but priced a bit higher than your budget, you can still consider this option. When purchasing a watch online there are numerous sites that will allow you to search within a certain price range.
Determine Preferred Features
When deciding on the price range for the watch you want to look at, you need to also decide on what additional features you wish to have on this watch. A watch that has more sophisticated features is known as “complications.” And a watch’s complications can impact on both the price as well as the watch itself. When buying online these are features that are usually listed in the “product specifications”. Knowing beforehand the essentials you absolutely must have might make shopping for an expensive watch online easier. Some of these common features that come with a high quality watch can include: chronograph; world time/dual time zone; phases of the moon indicator; star chart; and power reserve displaying the remaining stored energy.
All pictures of an expensive brand named watch come from the manufacture set at the time 10:10 – and so do all the marketing pieces. You are buying an expensive watch with a retailer online and you want to see the watch that you will actually be buying. It should not be showing 10:10 in the picture that the retailer will be sending you. And it also should have the URL of their website included in the picture – not simply written on the picture. This is one way to safeguard against buying a very expensive replica of the real thing.
Battery or Self-Wind
You need to be certain the watch actually works. This really means get a watch that has Swiss, quartz, Japanese, or has analog movement. The Japanese, Swiss and quartz – all three – use a battery while the last one is spring wind. Some of the analog models that are newer wind automatically or with kinetic movements and also story energy when the watch is worn. Movement of the wrist “winds” the watch. But you need to know that a watch that is self-wind will need to be daily worn to make sure that the battery stays charged.
Be familiar with the various collections of the watch brand that you wish to purchase. Every expensive watch in a collection will have at least one element that is referred to as a “signature element” on it and cannot be duplicated; if you ID that element, you will always be able to tell when you are buying knockoff watches or ones that are real.