Alright, so today we’re going to be over the difference between a dress watch and a sports watch. Now, this is an important thing you want to focus on because if you’re an active participant in the Watch Game, this could make a big difference on the effect you’re trying to project. Let me give you guys an example and tell you a quick story. One day, I was going to attend a wedding herein Miami and it was one of those days where you just have so many things to do that before you know it, I was getting dressed for the wedding and, when I put my suit on and I went to grab my watch, I realized that I did not go to the bank that day and pick up my dress watch. So my options were limited and when I mean limited, I’m talking about extremely.
The only thing I had that day to wear was, don’t even ask why to ask this watch, I don’t want to get into that topic either, but it was a Yacht-Master II two-tone. So me being a watch guy at heart, I said, Man, I can’t go without a watch. I don’t want to be without a watch. I feel like with no weapon! So I pretty much wore the watch. Needless to say, an hour and a half into the reception, I felt like a complete idiot. I felt like the watch was too big. It doesn’t go with anything. It’s just completely the wrong watch to wear. Why? It was the wrong size. It was 44 millimeters. Totally the wrong size watches if you want it to be a dress watch. I think a dress watch should always be maximum 40, 41 mm. You know, in that area maximum, because really you’re going to want to be under that. A number 2 thing that’s very important in a strap.
It should be with a strap. Whether it’s calf, alligator, crocodile, you need it to be on a strap. Another important thing for me is one type of metal. That day it was a two-tone, stainless steel and Rose gold, incorrect! I think you should stick to one color metal, would be the ideal scenario. So you want to avoid these mistakes and some of you guys might not even know this, but not every watch can be worn for everything. That particular watch, the ideal watch that would have like to have been wearing, would have been a Sky-Dweller on a strap. Yes, I get it. It’s over 40 millimeters. Whatever! Rolex is very conservative, but it’s nowhere compared to that 44 mm Yacht master I had. I had, by far, the worst possible watch in my opinion for that scenario. I felt like a complete idiot, so these are things you want to think of. In a good watch collection, you should always have a dress watch.
If you have a very young collection, where you don’t have that dress watch yet, then perhaps maybe you want a versatile watch. For example, one sports watch that happens diver watch that I feel can be used for almost everything is the Submariner in stainless steel, can’t go wrong with it. You could dress it up. You could dress it down. It’s one of those watches that do it all. For example, gold Sub is not the same. I just don’t feel like it’s the same. This is a watch that I feel works better in shorts, very casual wear doesn’t give you the most effective in a formal situation. Now, to throw a whole another extreme, The Presidential is that one watches that I feel always looks dressy in a suit. It’s one of the few dress watches on a bracelet that I like, whereas I would, yes, rather have a Sky-Dweller on a strap or a great Daytona on a strap, even though it’s a Croon. You know sports model? But the Presidential is one of those watches you get away with and you can also dress it down. So, it’s an ongoing topic, dressy versus sporty.
When a guy comes into the store and he’s trying to buy his first watch and I say, Listen, do you want to go dressy or do you want to sporty? That’s a very important question. If a guy is always in a kind of like an office situation, then he might go dressy if you’re going to use it for work. If he’s only going to use it to go out at night, to go to nice dinners and stuff like that, again, you want to maybe go a little bit dressy. But if you’re going to wear it all the time, then you kind of want to go with something that works for both. Now, I’ll give you another example where you have two watches that, in my opinion, are two different extremes, The Patek 5980. Now in a perfect world, which we don’t live in, both of these watches are bad ass and you could do whatever you want with it. But I want to tell you something, if I was going to wear a suit, the one I always have is this one. The strap is the way to go. The strap, even though it’s a chronic, does make it look dressy, whereas on a bracelet, for me, it just gets sportier. Kind of something you want to wear more casual. So those are things that you want to think about when you are selecting a watch. Dress watches man, sometimes the simpler the watch, the better.
This is a topic that we can go on in the circles all day. You could make us sit there and say, No, because the dressiest watch is the simplest watch. I don’t see anything wrong wearing Patek Sky Moon in a suit. Nothing is simple about that watch. Its full-blown complications on that, so, this is a topic that we could go over and over and go all over the place with. But I want to just keep it as simple as possible. Dressy versus sporty, a sports watch is going to be a diver, a chronic, a pilot. Those are types of things. Dress watches is what you’re always going to think is going to be very slim, very conservative.
A watch that fits under a suit, you could tell, man. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell what looks more dressy than not. So use that. Think about that. Don’t be that guy. I have been there. I have worn a 44-millimeter Yacht-Master II two-tone to a wedding and pulled those moves where I looked like a complete jackass. Don’t be that guy! Choose the right watch for the occasion or choose the right watches in your collection and you’ll always have the right watch for the occasion. So I want to go over some of the 5 biggest mistakes people Make While Wearing a Dress Watch.
- Number 1 is the size. Select the right size. You don’t want an overly large watch. This is one of those situations where bigger is not better.
- Number 2 would be the type of bracelet, strap that comes on that watch. Some models look dressier than others, depending on the bracelet or strap that it might have. For example, the 5980, how I was saying that, on a bracelet, it looks sportier than on a strap.
- Number 3 is bi-color. I don’t recommend ever wearing a two-tone watch in a suit. Always better to stick to one tone of metal.
- Number 4 what color metal are you wearing that outfit? For example, you don’t want to have a rose gold watch with a gray suit. You’re going to preferably want platinum, steel or white gold.
- Number 5 is the strap color. If you’re wearing black shoes with a black belt, you obviously do not want a brown strap. So my favorite brands for sports watches are probably going to be Audemars Piguet and Rolex, and for dressy, more formal watches, I feel like Patek has that on lock. Also, I’m a fan of the Breguets and Vacheron. I feel like those watches overall they give you the best look for that type of distinction that you’re trying to get with a dress watch.