Who would have thought that having your own watch would make you a more responsible individual when you grow up? At least, I did.
My first-ever watch was a G-shock watch. It was a digital watch that is quite sturdy and it comes with a stopwatch, a timer, and even has an alarm.
Digital watches are not good for adults, though, so I went ahead and bought myself a nice automatic watch for $500. It may not be considered a luxury watch by any means, but for what it’s worth, it is definitely something that I am proud of wearing any time.
Anyway, there are so many uses for a watch that you should definitely give one to your child as early as 5 years of age.
Today, I am going to help you buy your child’s first watch by providing you with some really helpful information.
For Children Ages 5-12 Years
At this point in your child’s life, they are still learning the concept of time. That is why it is important that you get them an analog watch as early as now. Sure, although my parents gave me a digital watch, there were so many times where I wished I had an analog. Let me explain.
The watch hands found on the analog watch’s main interface can actually be used in a variety of different ways.
For instance, you can teach your children fractions just by manipulating the watch hands in a certain way. For example, you can set the minute hand to 12 and the Hour hand at 3 to signify that this ¼ of the entire watch face.
An analog watch can also be used as a makeshift compass as well and it has something to do with, you guessed it, the watch hands.
By using another thing (like a piece of straw or a blade of grass), you can control the watch hands in such a way that it will help you know where your current location is.
Of course, you can buy a digital watch with a built-in compass, but using the analog watch in that way will allow them to know how to use the compass the way it should be.
Once your child turns into a teen, then their preferences are more towards functionality rather than simplicity.
This is the age where your child would want a timepiece with all of the watch complications that you can add to a watch. Think about an alarm, chronograph, compass, and so much more.
Now, you might think that smartwatches win in this regard, but that is actually not the case. Sure, you can give them a smartwatch, but by doing so, you might end up giving them the means to distract themselves from what they should be doing (like making their assignments or studying for an exam).
It is also important to note that you think about longevity as well, so you may want to choose one that is actually quite sturdy.