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    Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    Im talking about the one that says a formal dress watch can only have hours and minutes....I forget is a seconds hand is allowed, but no date is either. What's the origin of that silliness?

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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    Quote Originally Posted by hvgotcodes View Post
    Im talking about the one that says a formal dress watch can only have hours and minutes....I forget is a seconds hand is allowed, but no date is either. What's the origin of that silliness?
    Well, I can tell that you're highly biased out of the box so I guess there isn't much point to answering the question.

    Like many things - it's based on tradition. Formal wear is very traditional and conservative and so the accessories that go with it also tend to be.

    Also, as with many things - there isn't a rule. Sure, critics and pundits try to document conventions but it's a particular style that slowly evolves.

    Is there something in particular that worries you or did someone offend your adventurous sense of fashion? It's only a watch.

    You might, or might not, find the perspective in this article amusing: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jackfors...e-dress-watch/
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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    Quote Originally Posted by hvgotcodes View Post
    Im talking about the one that says a formal dress watch can only have hours and minutes....I forget is a seconds hand is allowed, but no date is either. What's the origin of that silliness?
    Berlin, June 7, 1923.
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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    The silliness goes back to 1716, Nov 23rd.
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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    Berlin, June 7, 1923.
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    Smile Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    You already know what the date is, otherwise you wouldn't be dressed in a tux

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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    If that profile is viewed as silly thru your eyes, the whole convention is too.

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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    I don't live in the world where this convention is followed...

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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    Quote Originally Posted by seanwontreturn View Post
    If that profile is viewed as silly thru your eyes, the whole convention is too.
    I do think it is a silly convention, but regardless of that, the question itself can still be answered: where did it get started? Is there a reason for it?

    Well, I can tell that you're highly biased out of the box so I guess there isn't much point to answering the question.


    my thoughts on the convention itself have no bearing on the question, so there is a point in answering.

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    Re: Where did the dress watch convention get started?

    Quote Originally Posted by hvgotcodes View Post
    Im talking about the one that says a formal dress watch can only have hours and minutes....I forget is a seconds hand is allowed, but no date is either. What's the origin of that silliness?
    Specifically where and presumably when the tradition of elegant secondless dress watches got started is unanswerable as I am sure you know. So I will resist the temptation to call it a silly question. The origin of secondless dress watches is directly related to the style of dress they are worn with. Elegant and simple dress such as black tie looks best with comparable jewelery for men.

    However feel free to wear a 48mm x 14mm gold chronograph with blue dial with your tux. Be sure to leave the chrono running.

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