We’ve come a long way from the days of hand-held pocket watches to wristwatches and smartphones that tell time. Many people have held the opinion that wrist watches would die a slow and natural death with the invention of the smartphone. Unfortunately for those harbingers of doom, wristwatch manufacturers are still in business and booming.
Likely, you’re wearing a wristwatch now and/or you have a collection of other wrist watches at home. But are you wearing an appropriate watch? If you’re like most people, you have no idea, and that’s why you’re reading this.
Fortunately, some watch stores have great blogs or an advice team to help you choose a suitable watch. Or you probably scour customer reviews for watches you’re interested in buying. Nevertheless, the question remains: what type of watch should you wear?
What are you wearing/where are you going?
Your choice of outfit determines to a great extent the type of watch you’ll wear. Classic analogue watches with a minute and hour hands are generally viewed as more formal and that makes them suitable for business meetings, a date, or other formal occasions.
On the other hand, digital watches often have either an LCD or LED display. Either type shows time in numeric form. They’re mostly worn by athletes or with informal attire and they’re considered casual watches.
If you’re wearing a business suit or tuxedo, a dress watch is a way to go. It normally doesn’t fit with a t-shirt and jeans.
A dive watch was originally designed for use underwater, but you can wear it with just about any attire you can think of. It will look good on you in your business, formal, business casual, and even sportswear. But even this is subject to debate from fashion aficionados. (More on that later.)
What accessories are you putting on?
For men, or generally, your belt’s colour should match the colour of your shoes. Black belt with black shoes, brown belt with brown shoes, and so on, including for shades of other colours not clearly defined as a rainbow colour.
With wristwatches, there’s some debate in various quarters as to what types of wristwatches should go with certain attires and accessories. For example, some folks believe that you should never wear a watch at all with a black tie. Others say classic analogue wristwatches go well with black ties.
Still, some say it’s wrong to wear a dive watch with a suit. While others like myself have recommended it. So what accessories determine the type of wristwatch you wear?
If you’re wearing a black or white tie or appearing at any formal event, a dress watch is the right choice. Your watchband should match the colour of your belt and shoes.
A black watchband should be worn with a black belt and shoes. A brown watchband goes with a brown belt and shoes and so on. A silver or gold-coloured metal watchband typically suits either colour, though some would recommend that the gold band be worn with brown belt and shoes.
If you’re wearing other accessories like a ring, bracelet, or other pieces of jewellery, your watch case i.e the metal frame housing the watch should go with the metal parts of those accessories. Yes, that includes your belt. Because ideally, a silver watch should be worn with a silver belt buckle.
If you’re fastidious, other accessories to consider include shoe buckles, buckles on the back of your waistcoat, and cufflinks. Wear a watchband that complements these accessories.
Are you willing to break the rules?
Ironic isn’t it? Probably. But with everything mentioned above, you’ll discover that sometimes you just have to choose or forge your own path when it comes to wearing wristwatches. Those are several, maybe a truckload of conflicting areas.
Some women, for example, prefer to wear watches with bigger and robust faces mostly made for men. Others will not touch a man’s watch with a ten-foot pole even though it would be proportional to their body size. It all comes down to choices.
Others will be influenced by fashion in the movies or celebrities, even though these portray a wrong fashion sense. For example, the concept of wearing dive watches with a suit was made popular by actors in the James Bond franchise. Though I did not know this before this article, it’s a combination I’ve been using personally, and will not change anytime soon.
Then there’s the issue of wearing watches proportional to one’s wrist. Some folks will wear a giant-faced watch even though they know it’s too big for their wrist. And vice versa.
These tips are definitely not definitive. There’s a lot more to learn about wristwatches, so you can read popular watch blogs for more articles about watches. In the interim, use these tips to choose the right wristwatch for your outfit.