Choosing Analog vs. Digital
One of the most basic decisions you need to make when choosing a watch is figuring out whether you prefer one with an analog or digital face. Analog watches have hour, minute, and second hands that revolve around the face, while digital watches display numbers to show the time. As long as you know how to tell time using an analog watch, then the decision between these two types comes down to a personal preference. You might find that digital watches look sporty while analog watches are a little more sophisticated, but there are exceptions to those generalizations. There's also the option of a digital/analog hybrid watch that displays the time digitally in addition to having hands.
You'll want to figure out when and where you plan on wearing your watch when you choose the type of material you prefer for the watchband. Sports watches often have plastic or rubber bands that are sweatproof and waterproof so they can be worn to the gym or the pool. Fashion watches, on the other hand, might have a metal or leather band in a number of different colors.
Other Features to Consider
Many modern watches have several features beyond simply telling the time, and you might choose a watch based on its capabilities. Common features may include a stopwatch function, a digital timer, and/or an alarm. Certain sports watches have specific features, such as being waterproof up to a certain depth or being shock-resistant. More advanced watches actually incorporate some of the features of a smartphone, and they can be used for functions like text messaging, GPS, fitness tracking, and more.
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