Buy It For Looks? OR Buy It For Life?
If there is on facet of a wrist watch you should pay attention to besides the size of the watch face, it needs to be the watch crystal – also known watch window, is the material that makes up the face of the watch.
Basically when it comes to watch crystals they fall in only a few select categories (ranked in descending order of quality):
- Mineral Glass
Sapphire: Next to diamond, sapphire is the second hardest mineral that naturally exists in the world according to the Mohs scale.
Sapphire is naturally scratch resistant, which makes it not only great for daily wear, but also for long term heirlooms as well. Therefore, if you plan on handing down your next time piece to your son, you will want to be sure to get a wrist watch that relies on this crystal.
But there’s a small catch:
Scratch resistant isn’t the same as scratch proof. Therefore, you still of course want to exercise some caution during your daily wear (i.e. if you are rebuilding a car, you don’t want to be wearing your watch…but would you really be anyways?!).
But the fact remains:
You simply can’t get any better than this material when it comes to watch crystals.
Mineral Glass: Next up under sapphire will be mineral crystal. In short, the mineral found in watch crystals is basically glass. Therefore, like glass, it’s susceptible to cracks, scratches, etc.
However, unlike acrylic (which we will get to in a minute), it does fair rather well in more rugged conditions.
So if you are a man on a budget, or simply want a wrist watch for occasional daily or formal wear, mineral glass makes for a great alternative.
Acrylic: The poorest performing watch crystal that you can purchase will be one that has an acrylic face.
Acrylic performs incredibly poor, especially in rugged conditions. The slightest scuff can leave white marks and blemishes on the face of your watch.
So why get this watch crystal then?
Seriously, if you are looking for a sub $20 wrist watch or simply a novelty watch that you plan on wearing for a special occasion (i.e. a red, white, and blue watch for July 4th), then it makes sense.
However, if you have the budget, you will be much happier in a higher quality crystal like mineral or sapphire that we outlined above.
Finding The Perfect Size Watch For Your Wrist
As we eluded to earlier, if you go too big or too small, your watch will look out of place and not uniform with your overall look.
Secondly, if you plan on picking up your watch from an online retailer (after all who goes to the mall anymore), guessing really isn’t an option.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to order 5 different watches and have to make a trip to the Post Office to return 4 of them because they didn’t fit.
Therefore, to make things as easy as possible for all the men out there, we went ahead and put together this handy watch sizing chart.
Here we list out watch faces in a true-to-size format (assuming you are printing on 8.5” x 11” paper at 100% original size).
In the template you will find watch face sizes at 50mm, 54mm, 56mm, and 60mm along with a few band sizes to give you an idea on different widths.
The goal here with this template is to print out diagram and then cut out the watch faces.
You want to find a watch face that doesn’t pour over the edges of your wrist. Instead you will want to find one that rests comfortably in the center of where you would normally wear a watch.