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    I've seen this subject talked about a few times on here; how tacky would it be to wear a stainless diver under your suit jacket at a formal occasion?

    Before you poo poo the idea completely, realize the future King of England seems to think it's perfectly fine. I think he pulls it off too.
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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    Dive watch in formal setting? No. But that photo in your post isn’t of formalwear.

    Business (suit), sure. Black tie...eh, sure, why not, it’s a party. Formal, as in white tie and tails? I wouldn’t, but that’s me.

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    How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    If that’s his Omega Seamaster I read it was a gift from his mother Diana. He may wear it more or less continuously in memory of her. That’s a laudable sentiment. And while there is a place for dress watches in formal settings attitudes are more relaxed today. I wear my Omega SMPc and other divers to the office all the time.
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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    It's 2019, there are no rules anymore, fashion or otherwise. You can do or wear whatever you want, anytime you want, anywhere you want. If you feel like wearing a clown wig, Speedos and flip flops to a funeral, go for it, you be you, march to the beat of your own drum, don' let the fashion police tell you what to do, yada...yada...yada...
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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    If you do whatever you want, then where is the respect and nod to horological heritage and tradition?
    I consider myself a fairly progressive person, but part of the enjoyment of the watch hobby to me is respecting that tradition (meaning follow some of the "etiquette" rules and respect the brands and their achievements).
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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    That's not formal, that's semi-formal at the most, or a really dressy level of informal/business formal.

    The average person will never be in a white tie setting, it's a dying tradition. The average person will probably only be in black tie in his wedding(s).

    Bottomline is if you're not in a bowtie, wear whatever.

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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    I live in Los Angeles, where getting dressed up amounts to wearing a shirt with a collar but I still get the yips when people refer to a business or summer suit as "formal wear." The East Coast snob in me did not die as quickly as I'd hoped when I relocated to America's pool house.
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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brush diver View Post
    I've seen this subject talked about a few times on here; how tacky would it be to wear a stainless diver under your suit jacket at a formal occasion?

    Before you poo poo the idea completely, realize the future King of England seems to think it's perfectly fine. I think he pulls it off too.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BzlHhZylvwT/
    No one cares within reason. I.E Rolex Sub and Speedy or any normal dive watch / tool watch and suit... no one will notice or care.

    But 50mm Invicta, spray tan PVD fake diamond encrusted fashion watch, or rubber armored G-Shock... that's a no
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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    Silly question. Can anyone relay one instance where a sport model watch was worn, and they failed to get the job, they were asked to leave an event, they were heckled by strangers, etc? Of course not. Let’s worry about real first world problems, like, is the McRib really gone?


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    Re: How tacky would it be to wear a dive watch in a formal setting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grégoire View Post
    It's 2019, there are no rules anymore, fashion or otherwise. You can do or wear whatever you want, anytime you want, anywhere you want. If you feel like wearing a clown wig, Speedos and flip flops to a funeral, go for it, you be you, march to the beat of your own drum, don' let the fashion police tell you what to do, yada...yada...yada...
    yet you come off as disapproving....

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