How do you know you've found a great watch? The answer, according to Rod Cleaver, proprietor of classic-watch Internet emporium Yorktime.com, is simple. "A great watch is one that makes you happy."
Happy means different things to different people and to different budgets, but it's a philosophy that connects with Winnipeg watch aficionado and Appelt's Diamonds manager Doug Thevenot.
Locally, watches range in price from the cheapest dollar-store timepiece to Rolexes and Tag Heuers running into tens of thousands of dollars. And while a Rolex makes a definitive statement, classic impressive timepieces can be had at a variety of price points.
Thevenot said the key is looking for quality. "You want a piece that's going to keep working for as long as you want to own it."
If you're looking to dabble in classic, collectable pieces, Cleaver said there are two watches that should be in any collection: the Rolex Submariner and Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon. "They are perhaps the most iconic watches ever made," he said.
The Speedmaster Pro is known as the moon watch, the only one ever worn on the moon.
The Submariner gained fame on wrist of James Bond in the movie Goldfinger. A Speedmaster can range from $2,000-$4,000 depending on condition while the Submariner "will be at least $5,000 in clean and just-serviced condition."
Key to incorporating watches into your wardrobe is matching colours. Time was, your choice was a gold-looking watch or a silver-looking watch, and it was as simple as using similar metals elsewhere in your clothing. If you had a gold watch, you had a gold belt buckle and — if you wore them — gold cufflinks.
Today, watches come in almost any colour you can imagine, from anodized black to blue, green, red or orange. And while an orange or green belt might be a little too gauche for your particular outfit, pairing it with a tie or a shirt whose patterns pick up a similar hue can make everything pop.
Thevenot has a few caveats: black watches are really cool, but show off scratches very easily, a problem not typical of gold or silver-coloured watches. Leather for a watchband is timeless, durable and comfortable — and looks better with age — but for the best effect should be matched to your shoes and belt: brown watchband, for example, goes with a brown belt and shoes.
For more information, visit Yorktime.com.