The wristwatch—a timeless tradition

How often do you see someone wearing a wristwatch? Not very often, I’ll wager, unless it’s a smartwatch that’s no doubt connected to a smartphone. But let’s be honest: that’s not a true watch.

Traditional wristwatches are classic. They go with your outfit better than a clunky piece of technology strapped to your wrist. You don’t have to charge it every night to make sure it’s good to go for the next day. And you’ll look cool as hell when that cute girl at the library asks you for the time and all you have to do is look at your wrist.
I understand wristwatches aren’t for everyone, but hear me out, okay? Timex Baby G watches are coming back in style, and they look much more fashion-forward than a smartwatch. Think about that pop of candy-colored plastic around your wrist. Think about all the sweet, soft ticking it will emit in a quiet room. Think about how un-robot-like you’ll look—people won’t give you shifty, suspicious side-eyes because you won’t look like you came from the future or a Walternate universe.

And I guess you can check the time in class without looking at your phone like a douche, or something.

Digital vs. analog

When it comes to choosing a watch, you’ve got a plethora of options. For starters, do you want a digital watch face or an analog watch face? Digital is nice for the at-a-glance, on-the-go type of person who doesn’t have time to stare at an analog face and decipher the confusing little dashes.

On the other hand, maybe you have all the time in the world to look at your watch face and decode the little bugger (c’mon, it’s not that hard, people). Analog is for sure the classic choice. Plus, who wouldn’t want to revive the Mickey Mouse watch with spinning arms from their childhood? Cartoons can be classic, too!

Battle of the bands

The wristband is the second feature that holds many more options. Leather, metal, plastic and rubber are all viable choices. Though if you’re sensitive to nickel and opt for a metal watch, you could end up with a rash. The easy fix to get around this is painting some clear nail polish on the inside, and you’re good to go.

Wristbands come in different sizes, too—there are chunky men’s watchbands and dainty, decorative watchbands like your grandmother’s old watch might have. There are even bands that look more like bracelets, if you’re looking for something a bit more fashionable.

Style for every wrist

Style is everything, right? So make sure you take your watch game one step further and make sure it really says “you.”

If a bright, happy Baby G isn’t quite up your alley, you could always try a blinged-out watch encrusted with plenty of rhinestones.

If you’re sporty, a hard plastic should do the trick. And for all the squares and plain Janes out there, a standard brown leather and gold-tone watch is never far away.