Everyone should own at least one quality watch. But you might have a problem: you’re on a very tight budget. That’s understandable—not everyone can afford to just drop the money on an expensive watch without some serious consideration. However, there are some great watches to be found at reasonable prices. You just have to know how to find them. When you’re buying a watch on a budget, consider these tips:
Pre-owned watches tend to be significantly less expensive than brand new timepieces. And buying brand new isn’t always the most practical choice. You’ll be able to find a pre-owned watch in great condition, and you’ll more than likely find it at a fraction of the price. If you’re on a budget, definitely consider buying pre-owned.
Try Buying Vintage
A vintage watch is a great option if you’re on a budget. Not only are vintage watches big on style and story, it’s not hard to find an interesting piece for a great price. Plus, vintage watches never really go out of style. If you’re willing to do a little research (and maybe even consult some forums), going for a vintage watch would be a smart move to keep your budget in check.
Stay Away from Trendy
Watches made by fashion designers are likely to be less expensive, which might be tempting. But if you want a watch that will last you a long time, we’d suggest you steer clear. Fashion watches tend to be, well, fashionable, and their designs are beholden to trends of the day. And trends constantly change, so the fashion watch that’s “in” right now won’t be a few months or years from now. It’s best to stick to the classics—that way, you won’t have to buy another watch for a while.
Don’t Sacrifice Quality
If you’re getting the itch to buy a luxury watch but don’t yet have the means, wait a little longer and give yourself time to save up more money. If you rush into it, you might end up with a lower-quality watch that won’t last as long as you would like or a watch that doesn’t make you 100% happy. While a watch is a significant financial investment, it’s also a personal one. Don’t settle. And don’t sacrifice quality.
When you’re shopping on a budget, it can be daunting to find the right watch at the right price. Stick to these tips, and you’ll end up with a great watch within your budget.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 24, 2015. It has since been updated for clarity.