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A Guide to First Time Watch Buying

From the experts at Dejaun Jewelers comes this guide to first time watch buying. Featuring pieces from Breguet, Raymond Weil, Ulysse Nardin, and more!

The cornerstone of every fashionable person’s wardrobe, the right timepiece can take any outfit to the next level of sartorial satisfaction and style.

With so many choices out there, it might seem close to impossible to find the perfect watch that meets all your expectations and wants. Luckily, with one of the largest collections of timepieces in Southern California, Dejaun Jewelers knows a thing or two about how to find the perfect watch.

Committed to helping their Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley customers, the staff at Dejaun Jewelers have put together this list of tips, tricks, and advice, on how to find the timepiece today!

Step #1. Learn What You Like!

Before coming into a watch retailer like Dejaun Jewelers, it’s always a good idea to do some research and have a solid understanding of the sort of timepiece that you might be interested. A good place to start would be the selection of timepieces that are available to browse on There you can view an array of wonderful men’s and women’s watches from popular designers like Breguet, Chopard, Ulysse Nardin, and others.

While researching, stay aware of your lifestyle. If you will be working with your hands on a daily basis, consider a watch with a larger bezel and case as this will make the piece more resistant to everyday wear. On the other hand, if your lifestyle requires you to be in the office most of the day, then look into a fashion type watch that features more streamlined and svelte designs.

Other Attributes to Consider in a Timepiece Include:

  • Movements:
  • Today, most modern timepieces are powered generally two types of movement, quartz or mechanical style movement.
  • Firstly, quartz-type movement watches are powered through the usage of a small battery. These types of watches are oftentimes more resistant to, yet offer little of the elegance and prestige associated with their mechanical counterparts. Still stylish in their own right, from legendary luxury watchmakers such as Hermes, Baume & Mercier, Michele, and Chopard comes quartz watches that sophisticated, precise, and wonderful.

The other common timepiece movement found at Dejaun Jewelers is mechanical movement watches, which do not require any sort of batteries. Instead, these watches are powered by manual or self-wound springs which complete the task of moving the delicate mechanisms within. Perfected by skilled Swiss watchmakers like Breguet, Ulysse Nardin, and Zenith, mechanical watches are often built in more classic and timeless styles.

Additionally, due to their sensitive inner mechanisms mechanical watches require semi-regular cleaning and maintenance from a skilled watch repair professional.

  • Complications:

Referring to the features of a watch that do more than just tell time, contemporary timepieces are mad with an array of helpful and innovative complications and subdials. Popular watch complications on display at Dejaun Jewelers include, date windows, dials tracking moonphases, calendars, chronographs, tachymeters, and many more.

Complications are a great way to make any watch a true all-in-one accessory sure to bring more than a lifetime of usage and wear.

  • Styles:

Broadly speaking, in the timepiece world there is generally considered five major watch styles. Choosing the right style for you really depends on your personal sense of personal and professional fashion.

The five major timepiece styles include:

Dress Watches: Streamlined and understated, these watches are built to compliment everyday office attire.

  • Popular Dress Watch Designers Include: Baume & Mercier, Chopard, and Hermes.

Diver Watches: Tough and resistant to water, diver watches typically feature easy-to-read complications, as well as uniquely designed cases.

  • Popular Diver Watch Designers Include: Breguet, Omega, and Ulysse Nardin.

Aviator and Driver’s Watches: These two timepiece types are very similar in design and function as diving watches, yet generally feature complications such as tachymeters, multiple time zones, and other subdials useful for long distance travel.

  • Popular Aviator and Driver Watch Designers Include: TAG Heuer and Zenith.

Fashion Watches: With bold and distinctive designs, fashion watches are a great way to any outfit to the next level.

Step #2. Get out There!

Once you have something of an idea of what sort of watch you’re looking for, the next step is to head either of the Thousand Oaks or Woodland Hills locations of Dejaun Jewelers and let one of their friendly and experienced timepiece professionals assist you on your search.

While you’re trying on and exploring your timepiece options, there are three things to consider before making a final choice.

Consideration #1. The Look:

For most people, the first thing you’re going to notice about a watch is its physical appearance. Make sure that any watch that you consider is truly a piece that you love the overall style and look of, otherwise what’s the point?

So take your time, try the a watch, and stay aware of what timepieces you’re immediately drawn to. Not only is this a great way to find a great watch, it is also a great way to understand what it is that you don’t want in a piece.

Consideration #2. The Size:

When trying a watch, pay close attention to the size of the watch’s face. A watch shouldn’t look too small or too large on your wrist. A general rule about size is that the ideal face size for a men’s watch is around 37-41mm, while the standard ladies’ face size is somewhere between 26-30mm.

Consideration #3. Enjoyment:

After you find a watch that you like the look of and that fits well, the last thing to consider is the overall enjoyment that you get when wearing it. With regular upkeep there is no reason that a timepiece purchased at Dejaun Jewelers shouldn’t bring you more than a lifetime of satisfaction and use. With this in mind, make sure that any watch you choose is something that you truly enjoy, and that you will want to see passed on for generations to come.

Popular Men’s and Women’s Timepiece Collections Available Today at Dejaun Jewelers!

Now that you know all about how to find the perfect timepiece, the only thing left to do is to head into Dejaun Jewelers and explore the immense selection of totally authentic, luxury quality, Swiss-made timepieces on sale today. With two state-of-the-art showrooms located in Village at Woodland Hills, as well as The Oaks of Thousand Oaks, Dejaun Jewelers is uniquely equipped to supply the watch demands of their beloved Los Angeles area customers.

With over 30 years of experience in the timepiece industry, Dejaun Jewelers has been able to create long-lasting relationships with legendary watchmakers including Breguet, Raymond Weil, Ulysse Nardin, and others, ensuring that they are sure to just what you’re looking for. In addition to their amazing selection, Dejaun Jewelers also offers comprehensive and full-service Swiss watch repair services done completely on-site.

For more information on the women’s and men’s timepieces available today at Dejaun Jewelers, or to learn more about their watch repair services, please call 800.807.0181, visit their website today, or come into either of their palatial showrooms today!


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