Choosing a watch for you or someone else isn’t just about appearance, of course you want it to look good, but if you really want to get the most out of your watch then you should look into its features too – there are plenty to choose from. 


Water resistant

Don’t be fooled straight away by this, it doesn’t always mean that you can just jump in the pool with your watch on. Water resistant usually means that the watch is able to withstand splashes of water and not that it can be used directly under water. If you’re after a watch that you can wear when swimming or scuba diving then you’ll need to check the manual for the metre limits – it’s usually 100 metres for swimming, but can be up to 1000 metres for scuba and deep sea diving. Always check before you wear your watch in water. 



This feature is handy if you’re busy and you always need to have the date at hand – some watches even include the day of the week which is perfect if you’re extra busy or you often forget what day it is. With calendar watches most run for 31 days, but then they may need resetting. An Annual calendar doesn’t need to be reset until March but then it needs to be reset because it gets confused with February. If you don’t want to have to reset anything then a Perpetual calendar may be more your style as it is programmed to automatically adjust to each month, regardless of the days.



This is basically a posh word for stopwatch, so if you play a lot of sport and you want to beat your time or you take part in a lot of tasks that require a stopwatch you may want to look at this feature. It can be easier than carrying an actual stopwatch around as you know you’ve always got one to hand.


Dual time/world time

This feature can come in very handy if you travel a lot, whether it’s for work or pleasure. A dual time watch tells you the current, local time in addition to a second time zone – so it’s perfect if you are often travelling from one country to another but still need to know the time back home.


Heart rate monitor

Rather than carrying a heart rate monitor everywhere you go, why not invest in a watch that has one built in? Watches with a heart rate monitor will monitor your pulse as you play sports or take part in normal activities such as walking. It’s the perfect feature if you play sport and you want to improve your fitness or if you have a heart problem and need to measure your heart rate throughout the day. 


These aren’t the only watch features either, there are plenty more that you may find useful, some watches contain more features than others while some may only have one – it’s all about choosing what’s best for you. After all, you’ll be wearing the watch so you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it, right? 


What do you look for in a watch?