Now that you can check the time on any smartphone or digital display, you don’t really need a watch to get by. If you have decided to buy a watch, apart from the convenience of telling time with a glance at your wrist, you are probably looking for a daily accessory that fits your lifestyle and expresses your personality. It could also be that you’re just bored and want to take an internet watch quiz that tells you what watch you should buy based on nothing but a few multiple-choice questions. Whatever your reason, we’re here for it!
If you are new to the watch world, you probably want to review our primer on the many types of watches out there before taking the watch quiz.
The Watch Quiz: What Watch Should I Buy?
Deciding on what watch to buy can be a long and painful experience. Since buying a watch usually involves spending a fair bit of money, we suggest thinking about it and avoid impulse buying a watch.
You can use this quiz to help narrow down what you’re looking for. Although we provide a suggestion for your perfect watch, it’s obviously not definitive. At the very least, we hope our recommendation will be a good starting point in the quest for finding your next watch.
How to take the Watch Quiz
Click the option under each question below until you arrive at the suggested watch.
What does a watch represent to you?
Do you plan to dedicate some time to your mechanical watch?
Sounds like a quartz watch would be great for you. Do you need your watch to connect to the internet?
Are you okay with having to manually wind your watch on a regular basis?
Sounds like you want a mechanical watch, but a practical one. An automatic would probably be best. Do you want it to have more functions than just keeping the time?
How do you plan to use your smartwatch?
How do you plan to use your quartz watch?
We know it’s annoying to have to wind up a mechanical watch every couple of days. But you still prefer mechanical watches, right?
So you like a manual-wind mechanical watch. Do you want functions other than just keeping the time?
So you need an automatic watch with some other functions. What kind of other functions would you like?
How do you plan to use your automatic watch?
- a good all-rounder for business and leisure
- a watch mostly for business and formal occasions
- a watch mostly for leisure activities
Which of the following is most important to you?
- fashion brands
- a nice, colorful watch you can change-up often
- a watch from a good microbrand watch company
- spending time in and around water
For a leisure outdoor activities watch, would you prefer
- a battery-operated watch, I don’t mind changing out the battery when it dies
- a solar-powered watch, I spend enough time in the daylight
For a tough outdoor activities watch would you prefer
- a battery-operated watch, I don’t mind replacing the battery
- a solar-powered watch, I get lots of sun
So you want a time-only wind-up mechanical watch. What kind?
- a GADA watch, a good all-rounder to use all day
- a watch mostly for business and formal occasions
- a watch mostly for casual activities
Watch Quiz Results
Tag Heuer Connected
The Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4 is the best choice for a person in need of a good smartwatch from a well-known, higher-end watchmaker. It incorporates good design, and it can receive notifications from your phone.
The Tag Heuer Connected offers you some applications you can customize to your liking. It runs on WearOS, Google’s Android Operating system for watches. The watch offers a customizable aesthetic and the ability to imitate the best models of the Swiss brand.
The Apple Watch is the best all-rounder that looks good in a meeting room as well as on a morning jog. This model works with the iPhone and has many innovations, such as a screen that with a visible surface 30% larger, as well as a monitor of bodily functions, such as heartbeat.
The Casio WSD-F20A is the most resilient smartwatch there is. Part of the Pro-Trek collection, it has a military-grade 810G shock resistance, is water-resistant to 50 meters, and comes with a range of features including, but not limited to a GPS, compass, altimeter, and barometer.
The case is a mixture of engineering-grade plastic and aluminum for a perfect balance of durability and shock resistance. The big, clear display is its best-selling point – it’s 320×300 in resolution and 1.32” in size. It’s bright and vibrant, and you can switch between color and monochrome modes to preserve the battery.
Sorry. Your perfect watch doesn’t exist 🙁
Do you want a simple, manual-wound mechanical watch for diving? You’re asking too much. For practical reasons, this configuration doesn’t exist. Constantly screwing and unscrewing the crown to wind the watch would have a decent likelihood of compromising its water resistance. As an alternative, check out this automatic divers watch instead.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
Looking for the ultimate manual wind-up chronograph watch? Well, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional chronograph, one of the most iconic timepieces in history, is the right one for you. Even today, more than 50 years since its introduction, it is the perfect chronographer for wind-up enthusiasts. The watch comes in a balanced size of 42 mm in stainless steel with the bracelet complementing the black bezel.
Learn more: How Much Does an Omega Speedmaster Cost?
Sorry. Your perfect watch doesn’t really exist 🙁
Whelp. If you travel a lot and need the help of a GMT complication to track at least a couple of time zones, we hate to break the news, but you failed the watch quiz. Manual wind mechanical watches are really uncommon. Only a few companies manufacture their own movements, and the vast majority of watches with GMT functionality have automatic movements. Your next best bet is to check out this automatic mechanical watch.
Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Calendar
A windup watch with interesting and peculiar complications? Something to make you stand out? Check out the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Calendar, a stunner of a watch coming straight from 1930. The Reverso is available in many variations, but this reference is by far one of the most elegant. It features an annual calendar (needing to be set only once per year) and a moon phase indicator. Its rectangular steel case is 29.9mm by 41.5mm, fitted with a black leather strap. The dial has a beautiful guilloche-textured center, making the gun-metal-blue hands stand out.
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Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic
The best-known diver watch is the Rolex Submariner. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic costs much, much less, but still provides excellent value. A great dive watch, it has a beautiful dial that looks like it’s surfacing from the depths and other top-notch features. It is water-resistant to 1,000 feet and mounts a unidirectional bezel made out of ceramic, which is not only corrosion-resistant but also makes the watch quite light to wear. Did we mention it is very affordable?
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 38 mm
One of the best chronograph watches ever made is the famous Zenith El Primero, introduced in 1969 and still manufactured today. We have chosen the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 38 mm for you, which is a faithful re-edition of the original model from 1969. It is a beautiful watch with retro charm. Despite its age, it is still one of the most precise chronographs ever made fifty years later.
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Frederique Constant Classic Worldtime
World timers tend to be quite costly, but that’s not always the case. One of the most interesting examples is the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtime. At 42 mm, it’s a sizeable watch, but it wears smaller on the wrist. The brown dial version presented in 2017 is powered by the in-house automatic caliber FC-718. The watch is beautiful and affordable, especially compared to its competitors.
Oris Artelier Complication
If you want a nice watch, well-stocked with interesting complications, the Oris Artelier Complication displays the day, date, moon phases, and a second time zone. It features a 40.5 mm steel case and a guilloche dial at a relative steal in terms of pricing.
Tissot Visodate Heritage
There are watches that are enjoyable to wear all day long, whatever you are doing, and the Tissot Visodate Heritage is one of them. It is a re-edition of a model from the ’50s and preserves its retro charm and style while mounting a tried-and-tested workhorse movement. Its steel case will fit everywhere, from the meeting rooms downtown to your favorite leisure activities. It’s also very affordable.
Mido Baroncelli Heritage
The perfect watch for a dressy occasion, the Mido Baroncelli Heritage was created to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It’s a lovely, thin dress watch, with a case thickness of 6.85 mm. Its PVD gold-plated case looks distinguished and way more upscale than its extremely affordable list price would suggest.
Seiko Alpinist SARB017
The Seiko Alpinist is a beautiful Japanese-made watch with a stainless-steel case and a durable leather wristband. It is a watch that you don’t really suspect but can endure almost everything you throw at it. Although it’s now discontinued, the Seiko Alpinist SARB017 has an extremely accurate automatic movement with up to 50 hours of power reserve. With a luxurious hunter-green face, golden hands, and a golden dial, this watch is an eye-catching timepiece with a sporty nature. Furthermore, it has 200 meters of water resistance.
Hugo Boss 1513258
Do you want a no-nonsense watch from a well-known fashion brand that will make you feel distinguished? Then the Hugo Boss collection of watches is perfect. We have chosen this Hugo Boss 1513258 model because it represents the style elements of rigor, understatement, and design that have made the German watchmaker famous. This watch comes with a Swiss quartz movement and an Italian leather strap.
Swatch Bauhaus Edition
A Swatch is the kind of watch to buy when you want something colorful on your wrist. In 2019, The Swatch group presented a special collection of models, the Swatch Bauhaus Edition, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. The collection mixes the strict design elements from the tradition with their playful mood, featuring styles varying from casual to sporty to avant-garde.
The Mondaine Stop2Go
The Mondaine Stop2Go is a quirky but beautiful quartz-powered watch from Switzerland. It has a unique feature that actually mimics how Swiss railway clocks operate: when the second hand on this watch hits 12, it stops for two seconds – then the minute hand jumps forward, and the second hand resumes.
Luminox Original Navy SEAL XS.3001
Luminox is famous for its resilience and functionality. Founded in 1989, the company provides rugged timepieces with its proprietary light technology. This Luminox Original Navy SEAL XS.3001 is water-resistant to 200 meters and provides a carbon-reinforced unidirectional rotating bezel making it perfect for diving.
The Bulova Moon Watch
Omega wasn’t the only watch on the moon. In fact, a Bulova watch went on the first lunar rover expedition in 1971. The Bulova Moon Watch, a reproduction of that very same watch, mounts a precise 262 kHz quartz movement for accuracy on the main dial and three subdials of its elegant black and white face.
The Victorinox I.N.O.X.
The Victorinox I.N.O.X. watch, coming from the company that makes the famous multi-tool Swiss army knife, is perfect for the outdoor adventurer, yet stylish enough for office wear. It is made from 316L stainless steel and can handle the most severe conditions and tests. That said, it looks great, so you’ll always find pleasure in checking the time every moment and in every condition.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron BN5058-07E
The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron BN5058-07E is the perfect timepiece for the adventurous soul. Under the black-ion-plated bezel of its solid stainless steel case and scratch-resistant mineral crystal dial window, this timepiece packs a load of features. It has a water resistance of 200 meters, suitable for deep diving. It also includes an altimeter, a bidirectional rotating compass bezel, and a date display at the 3 o’clock position.
Casio G-Shock DW5600E
The Casio G-Shock DW5600E is the modern heir to the original G-Shock. It is the true “beater” watch, nearly impossible to destroy. If you do manage to destroy it, you probably won’t worry too much about it because it’s really budget-friendly. For today’s digital watches, its set of features might sound a bit light, but if there’s such thing as a classic robust digital watch, this is it.
G-Shock 35th Anniversary Frogman GF8235D-1B
Casio has presented a special edition watch in honor of G-Shock’s 35th anniversary, the G-Shock 35th Anniversary Frogman GF8235D-1B, which is perfect for the hardiest adventurer. This watch features 200-meter water resistance and can measure moon data, tide graph, dive time, surface interval, and more.
The watch is powered by Casio’s Tough Solar technology, which gets energy from even the weakest source of natural or artificial light, giving it a power charge of up to 10 months.
This watch is a call to the past. The Timex Marlin was popular in the 1960s, as one of every four watches sold in the USA back then was a Timex. Now, the company has re-issued the Marlin, a no-nonsense, practical watch designed to be worn everywhere. Its movement is an honest Sea-Gull, and you simply cannot beat its price.
Nomos Metro 38 Datum
There is a German company called Nomos which makes some amazing timepieces. Accordingly, the Nomos Metro 38 Datum is a great product, with a stylish Bauhaus-inspired look. A glance through the sapphire crystal glass back reveals the manual movement DUW 4101 with the Nomos Swing System. The height of the movement is just a very thin 2.8 mm, and the watch comes with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical
If you want a nice-looking military-style watch with a hand-wound caliber, you are in luck. The 38-millimeter Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical embodies standard-issue timepieces of the 1970s. The inner 24-hour track, traditional case, mil-strap, and beige lume look like the real deal, and the ETA 2801-2 movement is ready to serve you for many years of use.
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