Chapelle watch buying guide

Watch Buying Guide

Whether you choose your watches based on fashion or functionality, what you wear is a statement and a reflection of your personality. Of course, there are different watches which are suitable for different occasions and it is more than likely that you will have several timepieces. Whether you are buying a watch as a gift or adding to your own collection, we have a wide variety of styles to choose from in our stores as well as online. .

Watch Movements

An important thing to think about when purchasing a watch is the way it is powered, this is known as the movement or the mechanism. There are many different watch movements to choose from and deciding on this is very much down to personal preference however there are several factors you may want to take into consideration.

  • Quartz: A very popular movement, quartz is most commonly used due to its accurate timekeeping. Here at Chapelle we stock a vast range of quartz powered watches. This type of movement is often cheaper to manufacture as it is easier to produce than an automatic or mechanical watch, for example. Quartz watches do require battery changes over time on average this is usually between 1-2 years. Here at Chapelle we offer a battery guarantee for the first 6 months of your purchase.
  • Solar Powered: The solar powered movement is another popular option as you never need to change the battery in your watch. This movement is equally as accurate as a quartz powered watch. Powered by light, you can charge this type of watch in direct sunlight or under a bright artificial light such as a desk lamp from the comfort of your own home. Our most popular brand of solar powered watch is undoubtedly the Citizen Eco Drive however we also supply other solar powered watches from our other designer brands. These watches can convert natural or artificial light into energy which can power a watch for up to five years.
  • Mechanical: If you are looking for a more traditional style movement, a mechanical watch may be perfectly suited to you. Powered by the movement of a coiled spring, this classic movement is often sought after for the craftsmanship and the nostalgia of a watch making era gone by. A mechanical watch requires hand winding to the correct time. Usually a mechanical watch will require rewinding daily and often watch wearers enjoy this interaction with their timepiece.
  • Automatic: Automatic watches harness the power of movement of the wearers wrist. Similarly to mechanical watches the movement in an automatic watch involves a spring, however these watches do not require hand winding. This type of watch is ideal if being worn everyday as continually wearing it will maintain the power reserve. You can also keep your watch in a watch winding machine to ensure the watch is still moving and therefore keeping the correct time. This type of movement can gain or lose a few minutes each month so it is always recommended that you regularly reset the watch to ensure it is as accurate as possible.
  • Kinetic: Kinetic energy is generated in a similar way to an automatic movement. Our Seiko collection features several kinetic powered watches and Seiko have their own patented kinetic movement. Their technology generates electricity and reacts to the wearers wrist movements and stores energy to maintain accurate timekeeping. Kinetic movement is made by a rotor spinning at high speed. These watches can store energy for up to six months when they haven’t been worn.
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Once you've selected the right movement for your watch and lifestyle, it's now time to consider the various functions and features that are often included in the designs

Water Resistance

Keeping one eye on the water resistance of your watch is important. Some watches are especially designed with divers and water sports in mind. Others, a little splash while you're doing the washing up is fine. Consider when you will be wearing your watch before you make your decision. For a holiday watch, a 50m water resistance is ideal. For deep sea diving and water sports, a watch that can withstand heavier water pressures should be chosen. The table below is a handy guide to help you choose the right watch for teh activities you do.

Although the water resistancy of your watch is an important factor to consider when selecting your new timepiece, it isn't the only feature or benefit. The information below covers the main features that are regularly found in watches.

The date window is commonly found on traditional and modern styles of watches.

From a classic small rectangular date window at the 6 or 3 o'clock positions, to an elaborate date wheel, it will all depend on the design and brand of the watches you are choosing between.

Typically found on quartz analogue models, the chronograph function is a version of a stopwatch. Two or three small analogue dials will be located on the face of the watch and there will be one button above and one button below the crown. Pressing the buttons will start the chronograph function, one button will stop it and pressing both together generally resets the stopwatch. The way these work varies by model and brand so do read the instructions included with your particular watch to ensure it runs accurately for you.

With a wide range of both analogue and digital watches on offer, it is important to understand the differences, the limitations and the style choice that selecting either an analogue or digital display will have. Analogue watches typically feature three hands that show the hours, minutes and seconds ticking by. From very traditional displays to contemporary minimalist styles, analogue watches can suit a wide range of tastes and styles. Digital displays are often designed with a whole host of features in mind that allow you to record lap data, check times for a number of worldwide locations and these displays are clear and easy to read. Digital displays and sports watches go hand in hand. Of course, if you can't decide there are some styles that have both display types. 

Countdown timer does exactly what it says! It counts down the time you specify and then sounds an alarm to let you know the time is up. Found on digital watches.

A perpetual calendar takes into account the number of days in each month and the time changes due to Daylight saving. This handy feature means you don't need to think about changing the time and date manually.

The World Time function allows you to keep up with friends, families and colleagues around the world by displaying your local time as the default time and scrolling through a number of locations world wide at the push of a button.

Similar to world time, but limited to only two locations. This function is often found on a watch with dual display allowing you to set one to one time and the second display to the second time zone.

Countdown timer does exactly what it says! It counts down the time you specify and then sounds an alarm to let you know the time is up. Found on digital watches.