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Tardiness is not an easy habit to break but, with the help of reliable and praised watch dealers across the D.C. metro area, you’ll never be late again. Develop promptness in the new year, and retire those old excuses by wearing a handy and stylish wrist watch. Whether you are seeking functional, everyday watch, flashy or high-fashion watch, or a fun and playful watch for your child, the best places to buy a watch in D.C. have you covered.

Alan Furman
12250 Rockville Pike, Suite 270
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-0234

Alan Furman is a watch and fine jewelry distributor known for the best discounts on the most desirable designer names. There are more than 40 brands to choose from, including Cartier, Omega and Tag Heuer, making this one of the largest watch selections in the D.C. area. Alan Furman sells certified pre-owned watches including Rolex and Omega, and patrons are welcome to trade or sell their personal watches. While the jewelry is rather expensive, the friendly staff works with customers to ensure they get the best deals available.

Barstons Child’s Play
5536 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 244-3602

A child’s dream come true, Barstons Child’s Play has five locations in the DC area: D.C., Rockville, Baltimore, Arlington and McLean. The booming toy store features clothing and accessories for all ages, babies to teens. Barstons carries Solo Time watches for boys and girls that are only $12. The playful watches are themed, and styles include youthful items such as animals, shapes and sports. There is sure to be a choice for any child’s individual interests.

Bensons Jewelers
1331 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1838

Bensons has its own exclusive line of Swiss-made watches, and each watch purchase includes a three-year warranty. The available Quartzline watches come with lifetime battery assurance. Ladies’ watches are sleek and feminine, while the men’s assortment is filled with bold statement pieces. Watches here are diverse: classic, sporty and elegant. Winding boxes are a bonus offer with many watches here as well.

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Proper Topper
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 842-3055

This Dupont Circle boutique is the ultimate destination for funky and cool watches you won’t find anywhere else. Proper Topper mainly sells TOKYObay watches, a brand out of San Francisco, that are diverse and fun. Some are antiques while some are trendy and earthy. Prices range from $75 to $100.  A number of TOKYObay watches are considered unisex, as they look good on the wrists of both men and women. The Proper Topper staff is extremely attentive and attempts to get to know customers to make every retail experience a success.

Tiny Jewel Box
114 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 393-2747

A D.C. institution, Tiny Jewel Box opened in 1930. The four-story jewelry store, reminiscent of a Fifth Avenue store front in Manhattan, is filled with unique, hand-selected treasures. The men’s and women’s watch selection includes four top designers: Breitling, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Frederique Constant and Tag Heuer. Tiny Jewel Box has an expert watchmaker to properly size and fix watches. As a high-fashion watch is certainly an investment with a steep price tag, put your fears to rest because the specialist jewelers at Tiny Jewel Box will guide you in the right direction every time.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.