“I CAN GIVE MY WRIST WATCH TO MY CHILDREN AND THEY CAN GIVE IT TO ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN, IT’S SOMETHING THAT WORKS IN PERPETUITY SINCE WATCHES AREN’T SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED CONSTANTLY “- STEPHEN PULVIRENT
There is no doubt that a wrist watch is an essential timepiece for every man. Tom Ford once said “ Dressing Well is a Form of Good Manners ”, and I personally think it is bad manners to put on an outfit without complementing it with the essential accessories required, one of which is A NICE CLASSY WRIST WATCH .
At least 90% of all men wear a wristwatch mainly to keep track of time. Only a very few know that a wrist watch is more than just for keeping time, that even more it can be used to make a fashion statement.
Only these few know a good wrist watch when they see one. They know how to buy them, how to wear them to match their outfit, their style of dressing, the occasion, the season, the weather etc. These few are called the Dapper Men, The Stylish Gents, Real Men or generally known to many as True Gentlemen.
For these True Gentlemen, no matter how stylish an outfit may seem, it’s not complete until you match it with the right accessories that go with the dressing.
Now, let’s go back in time, with a little history on Wrist Watches and we will come back to the watch rules later on :
HISTORY OF WRIST WATCH
Some people say the world’s first wristwatch was created by Abraham-Louis Breguet for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, in 1810. By the mid-nineteenth century, most watchmakers produced a range of wristwatches, often marketed as bracelets, for women.
From the beginning, wristwatches were almost exclusively worn by women, while men used pocket-watches up until the early 20th century. These early models were essentially standard pocket watches fitted to a leather strap, but by the early 20th century, manufacturers began producing purpose-built wristwatches.
ROLEX changed everything, and without their innovation, we would probably still be rocking pocket-watches strapped in long chain or leather.
Fast forward years later, His Rolex wristwatch of 1910 became the first such watch to receive certification as a chronometer in Switzerland. It went on to win an award in 1914 from Kew Observatory in Greenwich .
Now, enough of the stories, Let us go straight to the 7 Style Rules for wearing your wrist watch.
7 WRIST WATCH RULES FOR EVERY MODERN GENTLEMAN
1. A MODERN GENTLEMAN SHOULD HAVE A MINIMUM OF 3 OR 4 WRIST WATCHES
These are – A brown leather, a black leather, and a silver chain wrist watch. In case you so desire, add a nice luxury wrist watch if you can afford it without breaking the bank.
2. BUY ONLY AUTHENTIC DESIGNERS WRIST WATCH
You should only buy from designer brands whose core business is in the manufacturing and selling of quality wrist watches. To buttress my point, don’t buy a SAMSUNG Wrist Watch [not sure that exists, but the point is SAMSUNG’s core business is Electronics and not Wrist watches].
3. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WEAR YOUR WRISTWATCH ON YOUR DOMINANT WRIST AND NEVER ON YOUR NON-DOMINANT WRIST.
I know traditionally it’s been said that right-handed individuals should wear their watches on their left wrist. Left-handed individuals should wear their watches on their right wrist. I say to you If you are right handed, you should wear it on your right hand. If you are left handed, you should wear it on your left wrist.
Wearing it on your dominant wrist shows a sign of confidence, power, and authority. Most importantly it shows you are not going to wear your powerful wrist watch on your weaker (non-dominant) wrist.
4. ALWAYS BUY THE ORIGINAL.
Learn how to know the original wrist watch – Youtube has a whole lot of videos on how to spot the fake or counterfeit of a designers wrist watch. When you’ve mastered the secret of spotting the fake one, AVOID it by all means.
If you have found a watch that passes this test, however, the cost is slightly cheaper than the one found on the designer’s website, by all means, buy it. They are called Good Rel cas. Watch fanatics can easily put in the 2 missing letters as they know exactly what I’m talking about
5. NEVER ASSUME THAT BECAUSE GOOD QUALITY REPLICA WRIST WATCHES ARE MADE AND SOLD SLIGHTLY CHEAPER THAN THE REAL DEAL, THAT IT MUST BE FAKE OR OF POOR QUALITY.
No! This is a wrong assumption. Usually, they are produced in far east countries such as in Japan where labor is cheaper but are still made to Swiss standards. Some designers brands that have good replicas include Omegas, Panerai, Breitling, and Cartier etc.
6. WHEN TRYING TO BUY A WRIST WATCH, IT’S BEST NOT TO PURCHASE THROUGH MAIL ORDER.
Make out time and visit a reputable watch shop to select the one you want. This is so you can confirm everything is exactly how you want it before paying. Also, if you want to guarantee that you are buying original don’t buy online on an eCommerce website. Buy straight from company’s website or go to the dealer shop.
7. YOU CAN WEAR YOUR WRISTWATCH WITH A
BRACELET, COMBINING IT WITH DIFFERENT TYPES AND COLORS TO MATCH YOUR OUTFIT.
This is a trend very popular amongst the modern stylish gentlemen these days. Make sure the wrist bracelet enhances your watch when trying to pull this off. Some types of bracelets you could use are metal bracelets, nautical trend bracelets, Beaded Bracelets, Leather & Woven Bracelets.
I hope I have helped share some of my watch knowledge with you. I believe I have proven to you that wristwatches can be a stylish accessory choice for the modern gentleman.
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