Every now & then, when someone I know becomes aware that I’m a watch enthusiast, they’ll look at whatever’s on their wrist and say something like
‘Yeah, I wanna nice watch but I don’t know what to get. What’s a good watch?’
The stock response is ‘How much do you want to spend?’ Seems to me that this is the most sensible question because it really narrows down the search parameters. However, the normal response to that question is a shrug of the shoulders followed by, ‘I dunno, how much is a good one?’
It made me wonder, what’s the least amount of questions you’d have to ask someone in order to determine the right type of watch for them? It isn't easy. Asking most people if they prefer automatic, kinetic or standard quartz is as useful as asking Donald Trump for a solution to the middle-east problem. Are they patient enough to maintain an expensive automatic? Is lume going to be an issue? Strap or bracelet?
Similarly, lots of people use these forums to ask What’s the right watch for me? - type questions. It’s not always easy to give a good, quick answer. Just narrowing it down to a type of watch is a good start. Do they swim a lot? Yes? Ok maybe they need a diver; do they have more money than sense? Ok, a vintage Blancpain might be in order...etc
So, if you could narrow it down to no more than three simple questions, what would they be?
1. Do you want to wear it for work or play?
2. How much do you want to spend?
3. Will you want to swim with it?