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    Advice on a Dress watch

    So I did a thing... it might be good, it might be bad.

    I am an Engineer from a blue collar background. I am about 10 years into my career, and find that I must occasionally don a suit. I did a good thing by heading to a men's tailor and taking his advice. My wife says I look "professional" all cleaned up in my suit.

    Watches have become a hobby (read growing obsession ). Until last year my only watch was a 10 year old casio g-shock. I picked up a CWC G-10 for a home beater and was wearing the g-shock in my very industrial workplace.

    Then along comes a suit. And I realize that my 2 watches make me look like a bit of an ass in the suit. I did the noble thing and (gasp!) abandoned my timepieces while in the suit.

    I bought a Seiko 5 SNX427, a bead blasted military watch. I removed the surprisingly nice nylon band and replaced it with a leather calfskin strap. Bango, instant dress watch. I wouldn't wear it with a tux, but hey it passes.

    So my questions are...
    1 Will I get away with this?
    2 What should I do for a nice, but not bank breaking dress watch?

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    Re: Advice on a Dress watch

    If you are serious about getting a real dress watch and matching it with a suit, there are 4 dressing "do's" you should always remember.

    1.) Your sock color should match your pant color.
    2.) Your shoe color should match your belt.
    3.) Your belt color should match the band on your watch.
    4.) And your belt buckle color should match the watch case.

    Traditionally speaking wearing a metal band is a no-no with a suit regradless of what hollywood and some people might tell you. Same goes for chronographs. I know I know, there are plently of people here who do it and plenty of people around the world who do it. But that doesnt make it right. When wearing a suit the watch is there to tell time, not make a statement. And when you dress in a tux, you should not wear a watch at all.

    Yes I think its not right when a person judges you on looks. But at the same time you can dress well and smartly with very little money. The details is where it matters. To me it shows pride when a person dresses well. Even more so when they do it on a budget.

    Typically with a suit the watch should be fairly simple like the old Omega DeVille watches.

    Dont get me wrong, I still wear watches with metal bands when I am dressed business casual at work (basically a suit without a tie or jacket).

    I will try to put up examples later.

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    Re: Advice on a Dress watch

    I have the same Seiko! I wear it when I'm working around the house, cleaning the garage, decorating etc! I don't think it'll cut the mustard as suitable accompaniment to a business suit IMHO.

    However, may I suggest a Seiko Spirit...




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    Re: Advice on a Dress watch

    something neutral.

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    Re: Advice on a Dress watch

    Thanks guys your advice is much appreciated!:thanks

    That Seiko Spirit does look like a dress watch, now that I have seen one.

    My boss wears a Wenger watch on a SS bracelet, and the President of my division (his boss) wears some sort of gold square chronograph on a all gold bracelet. With that as the corporate "standard", I should be a fine example if I follow your advice!

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    A Dressed Watch?



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    Re: Advice on a Dress watch

    Thin, round or rectangular, leather band....

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    Raymond Weil Tradition for the lower end and maybe a Longines La
    Grande Classique for slightly more, also comes in an automatic.

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    Re: Advice on a Dress watch

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Tissot Le Locle. Great watch at a great price. I love mine.

    I also have to disagree with Dace. A subtle or understated metal bracelet with a watch is perfectly acceptable with a suit, especially for those who dress up every day for work, where the wear on a strap might render it shabby in a short amount of time. The bracelet on the Le Locle fits the bill. It really boils down to personal taste bounded by the ever changing "laws" of fashion.

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