What Does CFM00003B Mean? The First Time Watch Buyer’s Guide

November 25th, 2010 | No Comments

So you’re a first time watch buyer? Browsing through the selection on orientwatchusa.com, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed at all the possibilities, and you probably have a million questions you need answered before you select your first of (hopefully) many timepieces.

You fall in love with the Orient CFM00003B racing watch. It has a sporty look, and the orange accents make it a fun and trendy model.

But what exactly does CFM00003B mean? What are all those orange features on the dial? Is there any real difference between this model and the Orient CFM00001B, besides the watch bands?

Then, you discover the classy Orient CTT01001W, and you fall in love again. But what’s a chronograph watch? What does a tachymeter do?

Your dilemma is not uncommon. Choosing between two models can be difficult if you’re new to the watch world. Read on for the 3 things you need to do before making your decision:

  • Become a watch expert
  • Research Brands
  • Listen to the Watch Aficionados

Become a Watch Expert
Before you decide on a specific model, you need to become an expert on all things watch-related. Relax. It’s really not as hard as it sounds.

Remember that Google is your friend. Familiarize yourself with the parts that make up a watch, and the different features watches can offer. Learn about the different styles and what they’re best for. Read blogs, articles, and subscribe to watch magazines to educate yourself.

Once you’ve done the homework, it’s important to find specific criteria that your watch needs to fill in order to meet your specific needs. If your watch needs to accompany you to the office, for example, then you’ll need a dress watch. If durability is important to you, then you may want to narrow your choices down to a model that has a mineral or sapphire crystal and at least 50 meters of water resistance.

Research Brands
Now that you know all about watches and have some specific criteria in mind, it’s time to get to know the people who make watches. You can know everything there is to know about how a car works, but you wouldn’t head to a Porsche dealership looking for an affordable sedan for family vacations.

Likewise, different brands have different specialties, and it’s important to know what they are. Orient, for example, specializes in affordable models that have reliable, in-house automatic movements. Rolex specializes in high-end luxury models.

By now, you know what you’re looking for in a watch. You just need to do some research to figure out who does it best.

Listen to the Watch Aficionados
So, you’ve narrowed down your decision to 2 watches and you’re still torn about what to buy. You’ve decided that water resistance, durability, and functional features like a tachymeter are essential, but you don’t want to break the bank. You’ve researched and discovered that Orient can deliver everything you need.

But you still can’t decide between the Orient CFM00003B and the Orient CTT01001W.

Orient’s website can tell you all about the different models, but it can’t tell you which one is best for you.

There’s no better way to gain insight about a particular model than to read about it from customers like you who have gone through the same decision process you’re experiencing. There is a vast world of people who live and breathe watches and can tell you everything you need to know. Use those people.

Customer reviews are the most useful thing to help you decide between two watches. They’re honest, unbiased, and will give you the information you need that’s not on the company website. A customer review will tell you if a specific watch model or a brand really lives up to their expectations and promises. So join a popular forum like WatchUSeek and search for information about the models. Start threads asking for suggestions or help.

Or you can skip the decision process altogether and treat yourself to both models. After all, the holidays are coming up!

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