Diamond Watch Buyer’s Guide
When shopping for a diamond watch, you should keep a few key details in mind. Depending on how much you’re likely to spend, you’ll need to know you’re getting a great deal. For many people it comes down to how the watch looks and feels, which in turn, depends on the quality of the materials used in the manufacturing process.
When going through the process of buying a watch, yes you want it to look good and feel good, but you also have to look at it as doing more than just telling time. The right diamond watch is a sign of status and wealth. Diamond watches are also pieces that can be handed down from generation to generation. Those watches can be a sign of family lineage.
The reliability of any watch, especially a diamond watch is also a highly important factor. You want to be sure your diamond watch can withstand the rigors of your life and the world. We’re going to explore the details you need to look for when buying your diamond watch.
Obviously the size, quality and quantity of the diamonds will impact the cost and look of a diamond watch. These characteristics range from decently sized diamonds of impeccable quality, cut, and clarity to smaller stones with less shine and shimmer. So if you can afford it, go for the watch with larger diamonds. The ratio between the number of diamonds and tcw (total carat weight of diamonds) is a preliminary indication of the quality of the diamonds.
More expensive diamond watches will have a smaller number of diamonds, but have an impressive tcw. Diamond watches usually come in different combinations to suit your budget and style:
- Diamond bezel watches (with diamonds only on the bezel and sometimes on the lugs)
- Diamonds on the dial/face only
- Diamonds on the bezel and sides of the case
- Fully iced out watches. These watches have diamonds on the bezel, sides, lugs and even on the band for the ultimate luxury look.
The most common material you will find in the watch industry is stainless steel. It is strong, versatile, and can accommodate any type of finish...polished, brushed, etc. It can also be plated with precious metals like yellow and rose gold, or it can be coated with any color pvd (physical vapor deposition) like black.
But not all cases are created equal. For the best quality cases, make sure the watch describes the material as “all stainless steel”. This means that the full case was forged from stainless steel. This enhances the durability and overall structure of the watch, as opposed to "stainless steel back," which means that only the back of the case was made from stainless steel.
This gives the watch a lighter, cheaper feel on the wrist and will reduce the quality of the watch, as well as the plating might start having a problems only after a few times the watch is worn. Unless you’re dealing with light quality materials like titanium, you’ll want your watch to have some heft.
The movement is the heart and soul of a watch. The most sought after and prestigious movements come with the “Swiss” label. These are very expensive and are usually found in high end brands like Rolex, Chopard, and Audemars Piguet.
Quartz watches are battery powered, extremely reliable, and are accurate within milliseconds per day! The quality of a movement determines how resistant they are to damage and defects.
Chinese quartz movements are the cheapest and least reliable on the market; these are not recommended. Watches with the label “Swiss quartz” or "Swiss movement" on the dial and/or back means that the movement was manufactured by a Swiss company, usually Isa or Ronda; they are some of the best in the industry.
Japanese quartz movements are comparable in quality and reliability, since the quartz movement was invented in Japan. While Swiss companies adhere to traditional methods of building these movements and refining them to be better without losing its historical value, their Japanese counterparts have moved forward, toward more modern and technological functionalities.
They each have their own merits, pros, and cons, but both are excellent when it comes to watch making. If you are looking for a quality diamond watch under $3,000, we recommend Joe Rodeo or Luxurman watch brands. These watches are quality made, all stainless steel constructions, and feature either Swiss or Japan movements.
For many watch collectors, the dial design of a watch makes or breaks the deal. It’s the part of a timepiece most people are familiar with, both in name and in knowledge, and it’s the first part people see. It’s called the “face” of a watch for a reason!
The most common watch dial material is brass. The softness of this metal allows a watchmaker to achieve incredibly detailed dial patterns, which is highly desirable in dress watches. Furthermore, exotic materials include genuine mother-of-pearl, which has a beautiful iridescent sheen.
It has been said that in modern watch collecting, it’s all about the design of the dial. Watch specialists have even said that a watch’s value lies in the dial. If you think about it, the dial is right in the center of the watch, and is one of the first things noticed by a potential buyer.
With watch collecting, the seemingly only thing that matters is the face. This conclusion goes against everything we know about being superficial right? “Never judge a person by their face,” or “never judge a book by it’s cover.” Those are all sayings we’ve heard when it comes to first impressions.
Well when it comes to watch collecting and dial design, you can throw all of that out the window. A watch must have a pretty face. People will buy a watch with a great dial, even though the case is in bad shape. That’s because it’s much easier to get a case repaired and restored to look like new. It’s virtually impossible to restore a dial to its original luster without leaving marks to show for it, and we have to remember with watches...being superficial is key...it’s all about having that pretty face.
Pretty faces are definitely something we have here at ItsHot.com! From the cases to the dial design and straps, we are here to satisfy your watch shopping needs. Feel free to browse our luxurious watches.
Dial Design History
Here’s a quick little dial design history tip: In the early 1930s, when the wristwatch was in high demand, manufacturers didn’t always stamp all the watches they made for their clients. Instead, watch dials began to get signed with the jewelers name. During that time, the jeweler’s name was more known than the actual brand name of the watch. This method later changed, and all wristwatches had the brand name on the dial, versus the jeweler name.
Finally you have to look at the strap. Many consider the strap to be a minute detail because they can be swapped out, but the default strap of a timepiece is very important! It speaks volumes about what the original designer and manufacturer intended for the watch.
Leather strap with alligator emboss is most likely to be a dress watch. A silicone rubber strap can be identified as a casual or sports watch. Lastly, a genuine alligator or other exotic material strap, can be classified as a specialty timepiece, deserving of the finest and most expensive materials.
Currently, watches with metal straps are most popular as they proved to be the most versatile and durable, but a lot of people love wearing leather bands as well. Several diamond watches we sell include two extra leather or polyester bands in different colors. These watches have quick release pins so you can easily switch bands from stainless steel to different color leather bands right at your home without going to a watch shop.
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