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I went to a wedding this evening and wore a charcoal grey lounge suit,white point collar shirt w/ button cuffs,light pink/navy striped tie,and black punch cap toes.Nothing special,but I did something unusual,at least for me; I went without a watch.It was strangely liberating,and I think I may start doing it more often when attending social occasions.Does anyone else here ever go sans watch with a lounge suit?
 

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I have never worn a watch as an adult.

I am grateful to lack one more expensive hobby.
Watches can look so very sharp with a suit.

A good watch that lasts years does not have to be expensive (or Swiss). It can easily run under $100. Many people on this forum seem to have convinced themselves that only the most expensive clothing and accessories are worth their while.
 

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Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are about to head out for mardi Gras. Fonda removes a gold watch and drops it in the dirt.
Val Kilmer has just quit the F.B.I. He hands Grandfather his gold rolex, walks to his car and sees a catlinite pipe on the front seat.
The golden sombrero'd Bandit is swinging a gold watch. Walter Huston takes aim with his 92 Winchester and hits it square.
Meanwhile, Cantiflas and David Niven compare time on their watches, are in accord and climb into a hot air balloon
with 4 fresh white shirts and several thousand pounds Sterling.
 

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I stopped wearing wristwatches except on 3 occasions:
1) In court - Federal courts don't permit cell phones
2) On flights - it's just easier than using the phone
3) Running - I need my heart rate monitor/running computer

Otherwise, I'm more than inundated with convenient timepieces. It's just jewelry that I'd rather do without. I love being watchless. The downside is that I'm now stuck with 1/2 dozen vestigials from an earlier time.
 

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Watches can look so very sharp with a suit.

A good watch that lasts years does not have to be expensive (or Swiss). It can easily run under $100. Many people on this forum seem to have convinced themselves that only the most expensive clothing and accessories are worth their while.
You are right, you could literally get a timex with a simple face and a nice brown or black leather band, faux leather, faux croc, whatever as long as it had clean lines and it would compliment a regular suit.

here is a $65 timex:
https://www.timex.com/gp/product/B0...&m=A1S5XB33AHYRMX&n=238500011&timexBrand=core

here is a roughly $1890 Baum and Mercier square:

https://www.baume-and-mercier.com/collection/en/Hampton/Square-8677

Not that different (at least on the outside) are they?

I don't think people have "convinced" themselves of anything necessarily however, a fine watch is a keepsake and an investment and sometimes a marvel of design and construction that makes them attractive and collectible. As for clothes lets not kid ourselves, I can go into Macy's or JC Penneys and come out with a decent outfit but it likely wont last, wont fit as well as it could and wont satisfy my appreciation of things finely made with care and with quality materials that I can also wear and enjoy.

I am a devoted bargain hunter with a closet bursting with clothes I couldn't have afforded at full retail, some of them are hand made, many are of materials you will never find in a box story some are even used but so fine and so durable it doesn't even matter. At the same time I have a pair of levis and a drawer filled with half dead concert t-shirts I cant live without.

This isn't about snobbery or buying the most expensive labels, I view my clothes more as a collection than a wardrobe half the time, I am just into all thing sartorial among other interests.

p.s. My Alden loafers will outlast my by a good 20 years I have no doubt, now how "expensive" are they?
 

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Welldressedfellow,

I would much sooner go without my phone than my watch.
I can see choosing not to wear a watch with semi-formal or formal but I think that watches compliment a good suit as long as they are appropriate. I wouldn't wear a Breitling frying-pan sized dive watch with a suit but maybe something 40 mm and under, something thin, maybe with a leather strap, it depends on how versatile the design of the watch is. most Tag's, while sporty would look ok with a suit. I would avoid rubber dive bands, colored watch faces, etc. but I think most watches would be ok.

The other reason I wouldnt think of leaving it at home is that I have worn one for some many years my wrist comes up to my face on autopilot when I wonder about the time, my wrist would basically feel naked without it.

The phones on the other hand should all be left with a phone-check girl like a coat check girl (or guy whatever). If you had an emergency they could run out and get you otherwise they serve as social crutches and tiny electronic rudeness generators in most social settings.

Why aren't the people everyone is so anxious to talk to on the phone ever with the person doing the talking? I am stuck in the "be there or be square" camp!
 

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I have taken quite a bit of abuse from some on this forum for saying that I wear this particular watch:

https://imageshack.us

Apparently it isn' "high end" enough for certain folks. Heck, the only reason I wear it is because it's such a hit with women and a great conversation starter. Otherwise, I would just use the clock on my cell phone and not wear a watch at all. :icon_smile:

Cruiser
 

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A pulse nuclear blast will take out all electronic devises.
Those of us who survive can climb from our shelters, dust off our Allen Edmonds and note the time on our mechanical watches.
Kav,

The glass is half full !! Jeez ! ...if it were to happen you wouldn't need to know what time it was, you couldn't be late for anything at that point !
 

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My watches tend to push my shirtsleeves back. That makes me look lopsided. So, I sometimes go without a watch, when the problem is especially pronounced. Does anyone else have that problem?
Yes I do, especially with tighter fitting French cuffs. Although it's not totally noticable from other people, it definitely is to me.
 

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I tend to get quite a few compliments on my watches... so I jump at the chance to wear them! Also, they can, like Cruiser said, be great conversation starters. I'd just feel off without one.

Also, I find that watches can add a bit of personality to a suit. They make an otherwise plain area (the hands/wrists) seem less barren, esp with rolled up or short sleeves.

And, oh yeah, some of them even tell time, too :icon_smile_wink:


But that's just me, if you felt better sans watch, go for it!
 

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Welldressedfellow,

I would much sooner go without my phone than my watch.
I can see choosing not to wear a watch with semi-formal or formal but I think that watches compliment a good suit as long as they are appropriate. I wouldn't wear a Breitling frying-pan sized dive watch with a suit but maybe something 40 mm and under, something thin, maybe with a leather strap, it depends on how versatile the design of the watch is. most Tag's, while sporty would look ok with a suit. I would avoid rubber dive bands, colored watch faces, etc. but I think most watches would be ok.
What? No Hublot watches? No Corum?
 

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You are right, you could literally get a timex with a simple face and a nice brown or black leather band, faux leather, faux croc, whatever as long as it had clean lines and it would compliment a regular suit.

here is a $65 timex:
https://www.timex.com/gp/product/B0...&m=A1S5XB33AHYRMX&n=238500011&timexBrand=core

here is a roughly $1890 Baum and Mercier square:

https://www.baume-and-mercier.com/collection/en/Hampton/Square-8677

Not that different (at least on the outside) are they?

I don't think people have "convinced" themselves of anything necessarily however, a fine watch is a keepsake and an investment and sometimes a marvel of design and construction that makes them attractive and collectible. As for clothes lets not kid ourselves, I can go into Macy's or JC Penneys and come out with a decent outfit but it likely wont last, wont fit as well as it could and wont satisfy my appreciation of things finely made with care and with quality materials that I can also wear and enjoy.

I am a devoted bargain hunter with a closet bursting with clothes I couldn't have afforded at full retail, some of them are hand made, many are of materials you will never find in a box story some are even used but so fine and so durable it doesn't even matter. At the same time I have a pair of levis and a drawer filled with half dead concert t-shirts I cant live without.

This isn't about snobbery or buying the most expensive labels, I view my clothes more as a collection than a wardrobe half the time, I am just into all thing sartorial among other interests.

p.s. My Alden loafers will outlast my by a good 20 years I have no doubt, now how "expensive" are they?
Funny you should bring up these two examples, Dean! I have an Omega and a Cartier, both with metal bands. Recently I had been wanting something with a leather band. I first looked at Patek Phillipe and Jaeger Le Coute(nowhere in my price range, but what's the harm in just looking?) Then I was thinking about Baume or Raymond Weil. Then, down to Seiko, Armani or Fossil. I finally decided to use a gift certificate someone got me for Amazon and get a Timex. I've had it for about a week, and still admire it on my wrist.
 

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I have always been told that watches are essential and functional business attire, but not essential social attire. I've been taught that when you socialize -- especially in the evening -- that you are at the terminal event and time is not important. The last thing anyone wants to do is look like a busy executive checking his watch while at a dinner party (or vice versa). So, that is my general rule: watch for business, no watch for socializing. That said, rules are meant to be broken, so I break this one at least once a week.

I wear a silver vintage (circa 1975?) mechanical Timex from eBay ($10 + shipping) with a black leather band that currently needs to be replaced . . . badly.
 
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