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Brathwait vs Princeton Watches

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BRATHWAIT

Braithwait seeks to provide men and women with elegant, premium watches "without the luxury markup". In their design and marketing alike, this retailer aims for simplicity, luxury, and transparency.

Will you find what you're looking for at Braithwait? That depends. If you want a fitness watch, an entry-level wristwatch, or a variety of brands to choose from, the answer is "no". On the other hand, if you're specifically shopping for a classic-looking, minimalist design, especially with automatic winding, Braithwait may be worth considering.

Braithwait's watch lines consist of the following, available in styles for both men and women:

  • Classic Slim: Swiss quartz precision movement, water resistant to 100 meters, dome sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating; straps available ranging from stainless steel mesh to Melano top grain Italian leather
  • Swiss Classic: similar to the Classic Slim in terms of features and options, the Classic also features a brushed case with luminous hands
  • Automatic Minimalist: featuring the Miyota Ca. 9015 high-beat movement, this model is powered by the kinetic energy of the wearer - no battery required

Customer reviews of the three Braithwait watches are mixed. With the automatic model, some wearers complain about the amount of noise that it makes, even compared with other automatic models by other manufacturers. We also found some comments that the watch straps aren't always suitable for people with larger wrists. On the other hand, many customers praise the construction, quality, and look of Braithwait's timepieces and were very satisfied with their purchase.

We found Braithwait's return policy to be somewhat confusing. At first, we were excited to see their "try-before-you-keep" policy, until we read that the watch has to be unworn in order to qualify. We're not sure how you try a watch without wearing it, especially for the automatic watches that rely on the wearer's movements for power. In general, however, Braithwait's return policy allows for returns within 30 days of delivery, and they cover the cost of the return shipping.

On a more positive note, Braithwait has a 12-month warranty and free worldwide shipping on all orders. We appreciate these customer-friendly policies.

Braithwait watches do seem to be well-made, stylish, and appropriately priced. But, if you're looking for a variety of styles, brands, or price points, this retailer probably won't meet all of your needs.

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PRINCETON WATCHES

Self-proclaimed as one of the largest and oldest watch retailers on the web, with many thousands of satisfied customers, Princeton Watches is an authorized dealer of brand-name new watches. From a shopping experience, the Princeton site is hard to maneuver, out dated and frustrating to get around, especially if you are watch shopping without a specific brand in mind.

Too much drill down and non-intuitive searching bogs down the shopping functionality. Searching by style or price proved to be slow, difficult and not the fluid experience that online shoppers have come to expect from quality sites.

On the positive side, Princeton Watches offers free shipping, live, professional customer service and a very clear, up-front return policy. We liked the fact Princeton Watches doesn't have a "restocking fee" on returns. They also boast of having a big, in-stock inventory with fast shipping.

While the actual shopping experience of this site is not anything to get excited about, if you have a specific brand in mind you can feel confident about purchasing through Princeton based on their track record, reasonable pricing and buyer-friendly return policy.

Overall, due to site functionality and lack of professionalism this regard we put this watch store on the bottom of our list.

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Watch Stores

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Outside of meeting all of our busy deadlines and appointments, fashion and the latest trends are the leading force in what most of us are wearing around our wrists.

But, if you take the time to walk around the mall or go to expensive jewelry stores you'll find that most offer a very limited selection of watch brands and styles. Also, prices seem to be fixed across all the stores and sales are limited to clearance items and damaged goods.

For those price-sensitive shoppers, and those looking for something unique, finding a good deal and a new look are more of a challenge.

Instead of buying at traditional stores, many savvy shoppers are turning to online watch stores to meet their selection and price needs. When looking at online watch stores, there are a number of features to consider before spending your time and money making a purchase. Some of these include:

  • Selection.  Some stores offer thousands of watches, while others keep few in stock. You'll want to shop at a store where the selection is large enough to find what you're looking for.
  • Price.  Prices can vary greatly between online stores. Some offer more incentives to purchase than others.
  • Return Policy.  After making your selection and receiving the watch, are you going to be able to get your money back if you're not satisfied?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best watch stores available today. We hope these reviews help you with your next watch purchase!



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