How to Identify a High-Quality Watch

March 12, 2020 2 By EngineerMommy

This is a sponsored post written by me for Nordgreen Watches. All opinions are mine alone.

When it comes to watches, not all are created equal. In fact, there can be a wide range in quality, price, accuracy and workmanship. If you’re in the market for a new watch, check out a few of these tips to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. After all, those fashion watches that fall apart after a few months are not worth your time (pun intended); it’s much better to invest in a quality piece that will work well for many years. 

Speaking of quality watches, I recently received the Native Watch from Nordgreen with a white leather band and navy dial. I’m totally obsessed with it and I’ve been wearing it every single day. It’s such a beautiful watch that will complement so many of my looks during spring & summer. Keep reading to learn more! 


When it comes to watches, heaviness is a good sign. Weight is generally a sign of reliability for watches. The components that make up a watch are very complex and if a watch feels particularly light in your hand, it might mean that corners were cut in the manufacture of the watch. 


Cheaper watches tend to make that all-too-famous “tick tock” sound as the seconds pass. However, higher quality watches have an internal mechanism that is so finely-tuned that these ticks are not as audible. This is one of the main differences between a $5 dollar watch and a much more expensive one. In addition to sound, a good movement will keep time more reliably. In general, Swiss, Japanese and German movement makers have the best reputations when it comes to movement. By the way, this Native Watch from Nordgreen boasts Japanese Quartz movement. 


This may seem like an obvious one but not all watches can stay accurate from day to day. A watch needs to be able to keep time reasonably well. Watches that run on a quartz movement (most affordable and mid-range watches fall in this category) are kept accurate through the careful motion of a quartz crystal. In general, the cheapest watches on the market will “lose time” over the days; they will literally lose seconds or minutes.


The quality of materials matters. If the watch comes with a leather band, make sure it’s genuine leather. It’s even better if the description states that it is full grain leather (the highest quality possible.) Full grain leather ages nicely and is unlikely to rip or fall apart. When it comes to the watch face, look for stainless steel. Also, if the watch is water-resistant, it’s usually an indication of overall high-quality workmanship.

Balance is super important for the Native watches from Nordgreen. These watches feature a classic design that has been modernized in a beautiful way. The clean dial, invisible minute marks and rounded lugs all contribute to giving this watch its unique look. 

Suitable for both men and women, the Native Watch is a great gift idea for anyone on your list. Plus, thanks to interchangeable straps, you can redefine the look for different occasions. There are four case colors available (silver, rose gold, gun metal, and gold) and three dial colors (blue, black, and white.) Furthermore, the watch face is also available in 3 sizes: 40mm, 36mm, and the Native Lille 32mm. I love that the overall watch look can be personalized in so many ways! 

By the way, for each watch sold, the brand gives back to one of three worthwhile causes. The serial number on the back of your watch is proof of the impact of your donation. 

Would you love to experience firsthand the modern spin on a classic design with the Native Watch? What do you look for in a high-quality watch? 

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