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    Question Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    I have officially joined the Ball club and with this latest watch I feel like I am also officially starting a collection. A small collection of four time pieces but I think I will keep adding to it.

    At this moment, one of my watches (my sport “beater”) is getting serviced so I found myself with three other ones that I wasn’t sure if they are “too dressy” to wear with a short sleeve polo on khakis or even shorts. I posted pictures of each of the watches below. Can you help me identify level of dressiness and appropriateness of each to be worn with short sleeves vs. a suit?

    Finally, I am thinking about getting a metal or rubber band for the Ball to make it more casual for summer wear. Thoughts?

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    Ball Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph

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    Citizen AT8010-23A Limited Edition World Chronograph A-T (https://forums.watchuseek.com/f305/ci...-t-838477.html)


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    Movado Fiero Tungsten Carbide Round (I believe this one is 38mm)

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    Hamilton Khaki Air Race GMT Orange face with Stainless Steel Bracelet

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    I would wear all of them with shorts, with the exception of the Movado. But I work in Silicon Valley, so everything goes. :)

    Nice collection, btw.


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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    Agree with ten13th. I just got a Hirsch Performance strap for my SMPc which I think would also go well with the WorldTimer for summer wear.

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    Movado definitely too dressy, maybe the Citizen as well.













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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    Personally, I think the Hamilton is the only non-dressy watch. I could see the World time dressing down with a different band though.
    What about the Diver world time?

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    I am eyeing some Hydrocarbon(s)... But am trying to figure out how to best leverage my "collection" with my lifestyle. I guess I acquired these pieces because I liked them and not necessarily because they were to serve a particular purpose.

    I am also trying to frame in my mind what constitutes a “dress” watch and what constitutes a “casual” watch….

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    Quote Originally Posted by arias51 View Post
    Personally, I think the Hamilton is the only non-dressy watch. I could see the World time dressing down with a different band though.
    What about the Diver world time?
    What band do you think: rubber or SS?

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    Sorry, I thought these were watches you were interested in, not ones you already owned.

    I still think the Hamilton is the most causal watch in your collection.

    As far as straps... I think these look great, love the color.

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    • Zenith El Primero 1969
    • Stowa Flieger
    • Victorinox Officer's Limited Edition 1884
    • Ball Engineer II Marvelight
    • Ball Engineer Master II Moon-Phase
    • Ball Engineer Master II Moon-Glow

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    Quote Originally Posted by BVLDARI View Post
    II am also trying to frame in my mind what constitutes a “dress” watch and what constitutes a “casual” watch….
    These days, people get away with anything, but traditionally, a dress watch is simple, doesn't draw attention to itself, modest in size to fit under cuffs, and matches in both metal and strap. To me, for a dress watch, this means:
    - absolutely no bigger than 40mm
    - thin
    - no external bezel
    - no chronographs
    - leather strap (assuming you're wearing leather shoes and belt)
    - precious metals OK if the rest of your accessories are the same
    - white, black, or maybe blue dial - no greens, orange, yellow, etc
    - no Arabic numerals - none at all, or Roman numerals

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    Re: Help me figure out how dressy or sporty these watches are

    If you are in a formal environment where matching and appropriateness is the norm, then straps are appropriate for dress or business meetings where shoes, belts, and straps should match. I agree that the Movado may not be right for shorts. It seems these days most folks wear what they like to wear. In the end, you might consider what you like.

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