Many people would love to have an automatic watch but they mistakenly believe that automatics cost a lot of money. In reality however, there are many really good cheap automatic watches out there that are of excellent quality. These are watches you will be able to rely on for years and years.
Why Buy an Automatic Watch?
Why would you want to have an automatic watch? Well, the most obvious reason is simply because they are really neat, but there are other reasons as well.
You will never again have to worry about forgetting to wind up your watch.
You will never have to worry about buying a new battery for your watch.
You will be helping to protect the environment because the lithium used in batteries is a really nasty substance.
I agree, a single small lithium ion watch battery is not really going to cause much environmental damage, but let us not forget that there are millions, if not billions of lithium ion batteries discarded worldwide every year. Lithium ion batteries are used in everything these days! Just Google lithium and you will quickly discover just how nasty it actually is.
Rising Popularity of Automatic Watches
These days most of the top watch manufacturers offer a range of automatics to suit all tastes, but of course many of these cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, automating a watch doesn’t require a lot of costly technology, which in turn means that many manufacturers are able to offer good quality automatics at really good prices.
Buying Watches Online
It’s no secret that countless products are way cheaper if you can find them online, and watches are no exception to the rule. Online retailers don’t have the same sort of overhead costs that regular store owners do, and these savings can of course be passed onto consumers.
Some online merchants also have special arrangements in place with many different watch manufacturers. This essentially allows them to offer their watches at prices which are well below those you will find in regular stores. You might see a really nice Orient, Citizen or Seiko watch selling for $560 at your local jewelry store, but if you were to go online, the chances are you would be able to find the exact same watch being sold for a fraction of the price.
Many people think that the watches being sold by discount watch stores on the internet must surely be defective because of their low prices. Seriously, this could not be any further from the truth. If a well known brand name tried to flog their rejects via online discount stores, they would risk destroying their reputation altogether.
From one end of the watch making industry to the other, approximately 2% of all watches being sold are defective. This includes all brands, hence the reason why manufacturers issue warranties. Providing you buy your watch from a reputable online store, the chances of you receiving a defective watch are no greater than they would be if you were to buy one from your local jewelry store.
Fun Facts about Watches
The first true self-winding watch was developed in 1948 by Swiss watch maker Eterna.
Prior to World War One, wristwatches were seen as being unmanly, and virtually no men were willing to wear them. They only became popular because they proved to be far more practical than pocket watches in the trenches during the war.
Illuminated dials were incorporated into watch making to allow soldiers to see the time in the dark.
The first commercially available digital watch went on sale in 1974 with a price tag of $2,100.
The most accurate watch in the world has an accuracy level of one second per one thousand years.
People have been attracted to timepieces ever since they were invented, and regardless of what comes along, people will continue to wear watches for many years to come.