As the title says, I love men’s watches. Particularly the large face ones. Not sure what it is, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved bigger watches over smaller ones.
It’s my (humble) opinion that all men, no matter what they do for a living, should own at least one watch. And not one of those 70’s digital type watches either. I’m talking about an ACTUAL watch; a treasured timepiece that says “hey…I’m an adult, and I don’t need to use my smart phone to see the time”.
A classic timepiece signifies that you’re to some degree, not only that you’re ‘an adult’, but that you care enough about your appearance to wear one. Granted, wearing a watch isn’t necessarily about appearance, but it strikes some of us women in almost the same way as seeing a man in a coffee shop, reading an actual BOOK, as opposed to sitting there, staring at his smart phone.
A watch signifies a certain level of maturity that past a certain age, a man should be conscious of whether or not he actually possesses. If he thinks he might not have it, one of the simplest ways to ‘manufacture’ it, is to wear a watch. I’m fairly certain that I’m not the only woman who pays that kind of attention.
What kind of watch should you be looking for as a man who’s interested in wearing one? Well…I’m glad you asked 😉
Plainly put; for business casual or casual outfit – wear a dress watch or Sport watch with a metal bracelet, leather or rubber band. Depending on just how ‘dressy’ your casual outfit is, you might be able to get away with a dress watch. If you’re rockin’ shorts and flip flops, bypass the dress watch for something more casual.
A Suit = dressy = dressy watch.
Never, ever wear a sport watch or anything but a leather strap with a suit. The bracelet watch looks much too casual to be worn with dress attire, and actually subtracts from the formal nature of the suit.
CONFUSED ABOUT HOW TO MATCH YOUR WATCH WITH YOUR OUTFIT?
Easy. You might want to jot this down on some kind of note card, and tape it to the inside of your closet…
If you’re wearing:
A suit with black dress shoes and belt, you should be wearing a dress watch with a black leather strap.
A Suit with Brown dress shoes and belt, you should be wearing a dress watch with a brown leather strap.
Anything besides a suit, even if you’re wearing dress shoes, you can wear any type of watch you’d like – that includes dress watches as well as any sport, chrono, diver, pilot, etc. type of watches.
HOW BIG (OR SMALL) SHOULD YOUR WATCH BE?
I generally suggest that you go with the size that you’re comfortable with. Some would say that if you have a wrist that’s on the smaller side, you should go with a watch that’s about 40 mm or smaller, and if that’s where you’re comfortable, go with it.
Traditionally, dress watches were made to be smaller so as to fit under the shirt cuff, while diving or chronograph watches are designed larger so they’re easier to read while doing the activities they were designed for.
WHICH WATCHES SHOULD YOU HAVE?
- SILVER DRESS WATCH WITH A BLACK LEATHER STRAP
I’m partial to the silver metal bracelet band, but if you have to own only one watch, this should be it. This watch will get you through the widest array of sartorial circumstances without you having to question whether or not it looks good.
A watch like this one with a silver case goes with everything. If you were to get a watch with a gold or black case and black leather band, it wouldn’t match as well or it would be too sporty to complement the rest of your essential wardrobe items.
The size of the case depends largely on your preference; what you think looks good on you, and what you’re comfortable wearing.
You should also have a brown leather band to switch up as your other outfit accessories dictate depending on how you’ll need to match, as discussed above.
THE WHITE DIAL
The dial of your watch should be white because it will go well with just about anything you could possibly want to wear it with. Most other colors won’t match as well or will come off as too sporty or tacky. Skip the crazy colors. Go with white.
HOW MANY WATCHES SHOULD YOU HAVE?
In a perfect world, you should own 2 to 3 watches. You can probably get away with owning just one, but 2 or 3 watches will definitely get you through all the outfits you could possibly wear.
- GOLD OR SILVER DRESS WATCH WITH A BROWN LEATHER BAND
A gold case is acceptable now, because the dominant color of the accessories you’d be matching with should be brown, regardless of the hardware tone of your belt. A silver case is still preferred if given the choice, but a gold case can work just as well.
If you have budget for only one watch, or only want to own one dress watch, then all you need to do is pick up a brown band to switch up with your silver cased watch as your outfit accessories dictate. Changing watch straps is very simple and it’s much less expensive than purchasing two watches if you can’t afford to.
Here are just a few beautiful timepieces worth owning: