Fads come and go, but as they say, style lasts forever. When it comes to dressing for men the addition of a suitable watch to the wardrobe is the finishing touch to any outfit. Simple, classic, timeless.
However that being said, some thought should be put into what type of timepiece you’re going to purchase, because, let’s face it…it’s something that is a reflection of your own personality and sense of style.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider when making your watch purchase.
First Consider Your Lifestyle
Having a separate watch for work and play is usually recommended because the styles and functions are completely different. Also, let’s face it, variety is the spice of life.
When buying a dressier watch, you should choose something that is classic or more lasting. The sporty watch is more about function, so making sure it has the features you need (eg. stopwatch) will ensure it serves its purpose.
BOTTOM LINE: A good watch choice is one that properly reflects how you live your life. If you are active get something durable and easy to take on and off. If you are at the office more than at the gym, something more refined may be in order.
Stainless-Steel vs. Leather or Fabric Bracelets
Stainless steel is more practical than leather or fabric watch straps and it is certainly more durable. It’s dressy enough to be worn with a business suit and casual enough for other occasions. So not only is it versatile, but it’s waterproof to boot.
On the other hand however, there is a warmth and beauty to leather (and it feels great on). Also both fabric and leather straps come in a vast selection of colours.
BOTTOM LINE: Either choice is great. It’s a matter of personal preference.
Think about the size of the watch face relative to the wrist that’s wearing it. On bigger men a standard watch face can end up looking like a woman’s watch.
Watch makers are continually coming out with watches that have larger than standard faces. In fact, it has become quite a trend.
BOTTOM LINE: Wearing a watch with a face relative to your size is important for good balance. Big watches are in now but what you will wear and feel comfortable in are the two key considerations.
It’s a great feature if you shower or swim with your watch on, but let’s be honest, who really does that?
If you do get caught in the rain or get your watch accidentally wet, you don’t have to worry which is a good thing, but remember “water resistant” can mean several things so be sure you find out to what degree the watch really is resistant. Some watches will resist moisture from accidental splashing, rain, sweat, etc. and others will resist moisture up to certain depths such as 50 or 100 meters.
BOTTOM LINE: Get a watch that matches up with your needs.
The Colour of the Face and Strap
There is a trend to have dials and straps in exciting colours. When building a classic wardrobe stick to the tried and true colours that you know will blend and look appropriate in a business or formal setting. Saving the trendy colours for a second watch is often the safe choice for most wardrobes.
BOTTOM LINE: Consider your regular wardrobe and match up your timepiece accordingly for maximum use.