What to look for in a watch

There’s something about people who wear watches that make them seem instantly trustworthy. Perhaps it creates the perception that they’re always on time. Or, maybe they just look more ‘together’. Either way, it’s one of the first things we spot when we meet someone new.

Before you splash out on your next piece of arm candy you should consider more than just the style. After all, you’re technically wearing a tiny machine on your wrist. And no one wants to be stuck with a lemon.

Here are the features we’d recommend for your everyday watch


Swiss movement.

Despite popular watch brands raving about Japanese movements, it hasn’t been manufactured to the same high-end specifications of the Swiss Ronda Quartz movement. It may not seem important at first but over time your watch will be less accurate. Considering timekeeping is a watches main purpose, we think this should be non-negotiable.

Sapphire Crystal Glass.

Most affordable watches use hardened glass, which is fine until you bang it against something and it scratches. Sapphire Crystal, on the other hand, is tough, scratch resistant stuff. If you’re worried about glare, go for domed sapphire crystal.


316L Steel Case.

A solid steel watch case means that the entire watch case is made of stainless, non-corrosive steel. If your watch is only plated in stainless steel, you may find the case back turns black over time from simple everyday wear and friction. 

Italian leather (if you choose a leather strap).

Italian leather is known for its durability. Crafted using the best quality hides and tanned using natural vegetable and plant-based extracts to achieve a rich and beautiful patina, that actually gets better with time and use. Most leather is made using cheap, thin hides and dyed using a harsh chemical and acid mix you certainly wouldn’t want to sit against your skin all day.



Of course, you will find all of these features in a Barrow watch. But you wouldn’t have expected anything less.

"I'm so happy I learned about Barrow. This watch is perfect and I plan on wearing it every day for years"! 

Mary - exploringsimple.com New York