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Do you need help with your watch etiquette?
This article is inspired by the all too many times I am horrified by seeing a well-dressed executive or a man wearing formal-wear that does not understand the idea of an appropriate watch for his attire. Gentleman, unless you are James Bond and planning a scuba dive in pursuit of a nuclear submarine shortly after your dinner party, a dive watch should not be worn with a suit or tuxedo. If you insist on wearing dive watches, save them for casual Fridays. Here are some simple guidelines for matching your watch with your suit, fine casual-wear or formal attire.
Suit or tuxedo:
First, your watch should be a dress watch made of gold, platinum or high-polish stainless steel. There are no other acceptable materials for a dress watch. The dial should be any shade of white or black. Colors are usually not appropriate except for blue, but avoid bright blue. Simple, clean dials that tell the time only are always the safe bet; however, if you can afford complications from a respectable watch manufacturer, then by all means, please do so. Your watch should be small enough and thin enough to easily slide underneath your shirt cuffs, if it does not – take it off, this is the most common and tragic mistake. Avoid rotating bezels or watches with functions that are used for navigation. Leather or more exotic straps are the most appropriate bracelet type to secure your watch on your wrist. Do not wear a rubber strap – these were conceived for athletes and scuba divers while wearing during sport. If you prefer a metal bracelet, it should be okay as long as you’re not bending any other guidelines. Lastly, be your authentic self and find a watch that speaks to you and is appropriate for dress up. By all means, try your best to find a fine mechanical watch from a respected manufacture; your great-grandchildren will be happy you did.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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