Best Features To Look For In A New Wristwatch

Investing in a new wristwatch comes with some necessary decisions. It’s best to take some time and analyze what features you are looking to have ingrained in your new watch. Below we are going to take a look at some of the best features to ensure your new wristwatch is the ideal fit. Let’s dive right in.


Not all watches have this function, which is why it’s important that you put this at the top of your list if you regularly use an alarm. While some analog watches have this function, most don’t. If you are interested in purchasing a watch with an alarm on it, we highly recommend opting for a digital watch.

Most digital watches will allow for multiple alarm settings. This is ideal if you use the alarm multiple times a day at the same times each day. You won’t have to worry about resetting your alarm every time it goes off throughout the day.

Radio or Atomic Controlled 

When you have a watch, you want it to show the right time. Unfortunately, most watches will start to become less accurate over time. This will require constant readjusting every few months. If you don’t want to mess with having to reset your clock, we suggest opting for an atomic or radio controlled watch.

Atomic watches are set internally by atoms. Radio controlled watches receive frequent radio signals that automatically adjust the watch’s display time. Either of these options will ensure you always have the right time on your wrist.

Date Display 

Most military watches will have a display of the current date. Some of these watches can get as specific as the day of the week as well. If you find yourself forgetful, disorganized, or just away from civilization for long periods of time, then a date display may be an essential component you want to ensure your new wristwatch has.


If you use your watch for tracking short time frames, a stopwatch feature may be a must for you. These are great for runners, coaches, and athletes. These are typically not available on analog watches, so you will have to go digital. Realize that most stopwatch functions require extra knobs on the outer guard of the watch, which means a bulkier wristwatch.

Water Resistant 

Although most of the watches on the market are rated as water resistant, you should ensure to what depth. Some watches are only slightly water resistant, while others can withstand over 100 feet. You should identify what level of water protection is ideal for your lifestyle. Realize that the more protection your wristwatch has, the more expensive it is going to be.


Most watches do come with a backlight feature. Both digital and analog watches tend to display this feature. Your options come down to what color backlight you would like, typically there is green and blue. Also, deciding if you want a glow in the dark display or just a push button light is going to be a part of the process of buying a new wristwatch.