January 28, 2013

Men’s Watches: The Ultimate Accessory (Partnered Post)

At some point in my life, I started wearing watches as much for the sake of style as for function.

For this reason – and the obvious style considerations – I’d like to share some of the more interesting ‘conversation’ pieces in my watch collection, as well as some pointers on how you can add an element of intrigue to your own watch lineup.

1. The Dressy Sport Watch (see picture above)

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me just say that interesting watches do not have to be extremely expensive.

Case in point: the dressy sport watch in my collection is a $55 Armitron.  It has a silver band and blue face with white hands and day/date functions. It also has a rather large case, which is just big enough to be noticed without being gaudy.

This type of wristwatch is designed to be an everyday watch suited for a variety of occasions.

Here’s what to look for if you would like to find a dressy sport watch to add your collection:

  • Look for a watch that will match your other accessories and clothes. You probably know to match your metal jewelry, but you can also match the face of the watch to the colors you tend to wear most.
  • Many sport watches have a luminous dial, which is a plus in low-light situations. Just keep in mind that the lights will affect battery performance.
  • You have options for the numbers on the dial: Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, or side markers. Tip: side markers are the most interesting.

2.  The Black and Brown Watch

Black and brown are two colors that seem to be perpetually in conflict in any wardrobe. But, the watch is the one place where we can have the best of both worlds.

One of my favorite, most attention-grabbing purchases is the black dial, brown strap watch. In my case, it’s an Invicta Russian Diver and it earns a good many compliments for me as well.

If you can succeed in pairing black with brown, you’re efforts are sure to be noticed.

3. The Nice, Casual Chronograph

My first ‘expensive’ watch purchase was an Orient Chronograph with a brown leather strap. This is a type of watch that can pull double-duty as a casual or dress watch, especially if you opt for a black leather strap. I love Orient watches because they manage to have very busy dials and sub-dials that still look nice and clean.

Here’s what to keep in mind when looking for a stylish chronograph:

  • A neutral dial color, like cream or light grey will go a long way
  • Don’t worry too much about water resistance depth –let’s face it, you don’t need it for that, do you?
  • Don’t go too big – 38mm is plenty big enough for the casual chronograph

Watches can be much more than merely functional.  An eye-catching watch can bolster your networking skills and improve your confidence, all while conveying to the passersby a sense that you are a well put together man of intrigue.

Todd Spear is a blogger and journalist from Georgia. He writes about all things manly, from sports cars to menswear, and everything in between.

This article is a partnered post.

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