Congratulations on having more than just a few anniversaries under your belt—it’s truly something to celebrate. There’s just one problem: the more anniversaries you’ve experienced, the more likely it is that you’re running out of gift ideas for your spouse. You’ve already done the expensive dinners, the weekend getaways, even the jewelry. Now, the anniversary is rolling around again and you’re at your wit’s end.
“Okay,” you say. “But should I really buy a watch? I don’t know anything about watches, and I’m afraid I’ll buy something they won’t like.”
No need to worry: when it comes to watches, the inner workings are complicated, but knowing what’s on the outside is just as important—and much easier to learn.
First Things First: Deciding Your Budget
The “perfect” watch doesn’t necessarily also mean the “most expensive.” Sure, if you have some money to spend, you could spring for the most high-end, gorgeous watch you come across…but where’s the thoughtfulness in that? Sometimes, your limited budget can be a good thing: it forces you to really take some time and consider which watch might be the best value.
When it comes to jewelry budgets, there are generally three different ranges customers like yourself fall into:
- Frugal: You aren’t looking to spend more than $50-100 because you still have bills to pay.
- Mid-range: You’re okay with a word like “several” and one or two more zeroes, as long as you find the right gift at the right price.
- High-end: Money is no object, and in fact you would prefer something a little on the fancy side.
Your budget will define your purchase, plain and simple. But the choices don’t end there:
Distinguishing One Watch From Another
Although there are generally five categories of watches: dress, pilot, military, dive, and sport, we’ll keep our focus limited to two types here for the sake of simplicity:
Dress Watches: A “dress” watch like this Seiko is something you might pair with a suit at the office. The chronograph itself is usually minimal (think dashes instead of numbers, and minimal frills) and the focus is often on a band, which generally appears as a gold or silver alloy. Expect these types of watches to figure into the mid-range or high-end budgets.
Performance Watches: Diver and sport watches are generally the types of watches that offer more features based on performance. Looks are still important with performance watches, but you can generally throw away the “minimalist” look here. Consider this different kind of Seiko, the SSC275 and you’ll find all sorts of additional features from a date calendar to LumiBrite hands.
The type of watch you purchase will, of course, depend on your spouse. Do they need something for the office or something for the outdoors? Browse our list of available watches for more gift purchase ideas and you’ll spot the perfect item for your anniversary present. And do it soon: life, after all, is all about timing.