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    Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Yes I know because that's what one wears with a suit (maybe).

    I typically wear a diver type watch but whenever I wear long sleeves (not often in Perth) even without a suit these watches become a real pain.

    I have about a 7.5" wrist and I can't find much room under the cuff for diver style watches.

    I am playing around with a Vostok mod and I put a plain bezel on an Amphibian and that just made all the difference.

    Now the watch is a pleasure to wear under a cuff because it doesn't get caught all the time.

    Actually it's quite ironic wearing a 200m "dress" watch.

    Now I have also purchased a Chinese 38mm "dress" watch that is also much thinner than the Vostok. It hasn't arrived yet but I'm expecting good things.

    So what is your experience wearing chunky divers under cuffs even in a casual setting?

    Do you think a slimmer watch might work for you in those situations?
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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    To me, there are no rules about watch wear, whether it is for a casual or a special occurrence. If Sean Connery can wear a Submariner 6538 having a non-fitting ~16mm NATO with a white tux, then all is game.
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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    What we call today "dress watches" were considered standard men's watches until at least the 60s when more formal dressing was required, another name for them is "ultrathin".

    The thinner the watch (and therefore the movement) the more prestigious the watch was considered,as a general rule a ultra-thin watch should be <10mm.

    And yes of course today you can wear a G shock with a suit, but don't call it "dress watch".
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    G’day mate, from a fellow West Aussie!

    I like wearing thinner Watches with Suits and more formal clothing.
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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Quote Originally Posted by anrex View Post
    To me, there are no rules about watch wear, whether it is for a casual or a special occurrence. If Sean Connery can wear a Submariner 6538 having a non-fitting ~16mm NATO with a white tux, then all is game.
    Hi anrex
    I agree about the no rules but do you also found it "easier" wearing a thin watch under long sleeves.
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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Quote Originally Posted by dantan View Post
    G?day mate, from a fellow West Aussie!

    I like wearing thinner Watches with Suits and more formal clothing.
    Hi dantan
    Yes I agree. Nice watches and I empathise with you about your wrist bone. I've got one the same.
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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Quote Originally Posted by 1afc View Post
    Hi anrex
    I agree about the no rules but do you also found it "easier" wearing a thin watch under long sleeves.
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    ..and the Doxa is a relatively thin diver.
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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Definitely an out of date term for 2017.

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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Quote Originally Posted by D.Brown View Post
    Definitely an out of date term for 2017.
    Absolutely! And that same goes with "dress shoes", because some (misguided) people can and will wear trainers with a suit!

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    Re: Why do we call them DRESS watches

    Quote Originally Posted by cuthbert View Post
    Yeessir!

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    That Dongfeng looks great in that setting.
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