5 Watches That Would Make Your Grandfather Proud

5 Watches That Would Make Your Grandfather Proud

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A man’s watch has long been a symbol of his character.  If you’re thinking about investing in a timepiece that will last the rest of your life, or if your current watch features Velcro, a calculator, or cartoon characters, look no further than these 5 classics.

By Steven Stafford

The word classic comes from the Greek word for “perfect.” Only the best can stand the test of time. This is no less true in fashion: classic looks are the most reliable. A sharp-looking watch has long been a symbol of class, and what you choose to wear on your wrist has a lot to tell the world about who you are.

There are a wide variety of styles to consider when shopping: pocket watches, jewelry, dive watches or sports watches, etc.  Now that cell phones are nearly ubiquitous, watches are primarily about style, not function. Considering this, I’ll focus on traditional style watches. Some of us might not look great in a watch (think skinny guy, huge watch). But the vast majority of us at least look a little classier with one.

There are plenty of reasonably priced watches that look good. It would be nice if we could all afford Rolexes, but we can’t, and that’s okay. You may want to look like your favorite celebrity, but keep in mind that the best way to go is slightly conservative. Indeed, if you must err, do it on the side of caution.

Speedmaster

The watch I recommend highest is the Omega Speedmaster Professional. This is just an undeniably great watch. They don’t call it professional for nothing: this watch will get you noticed. In general, prefer silver to yellow gold, which can be risky. It can look gaudy if not done right.

The Speedmaster Professional has the added benefit of being a conversation starter: did you know that the manual-winding Omega chronograph was worn on the moon? Hence it has the nickname, “The Moonwatch.” Not too shabby.

The problem is that you’re lucky to get it for under a grand. Really lucky. Omega is a good name to remember for future reference, about as good as Rolex. They make good quality products, but you have to be willing to pay a lot of money for them. Perhaps you are. But then, of course, if you’re paying over a thousand for an Omega, why not just go for the Rolex? If you’re just a regular working stiff, it might be a good idea to get one pre-owned.

Seiko

The Seiko Kinetic Chronograph. From its Premier collection comes a watch that just looks good: imposing Roman numerals, multiple faces (all silver), and it’s charged for up to five months. It’s the kind of watch that calls to mind James Bond.

In their Premier series, Seiko strove to recreate the class of style of decades past. They succeeded. The watch is powered by the movement of your body, and can last up to four years without you moving. In other words, you will get plenty of mileage out of this one. And better yet, compared to the Omega Speedmaster, it is very affordable. You can get it for less than half the price of the Speedmaster and still look good.

Tissot

The Tissot Ballade III. This is a great-looking watch that has a lot going for it. For one thing, it’s a Swiss company, and the Swiss are known for their watch-making. Also, Danica Patrick endorses them (and we will do almost anything she tells us to). It’s a simpler look than the other watches; some may prefer that. It costs a few hundred dollars.

Tag Heuer

Feast your eyes on the Tag Heuer Carrera Twin Time. This is a perfect example of that “classic” look. On top of this, it’s foreign, and lends itself to the kind of gratuitous name-dropping that only luxury items can provide. It is, unfortunately, expensive, usually between one and two thousand dollars. See if you can get one pre-owned.

Casio

The Casio MTG1000-1A. Now, don’t judge. Just because it’s a Casio doesn’t mean it’s a “cheap” watch. It’s the most affordable of the five, certainly, and less flashy than the others, as it emphasizes function. It does, however, look cool, but in a different way. You can get it for as low as $300, and it is a very durable machine. You can be sure you’ll get your money’s worth. It’s the kind of watch that you can wear to work but also out at night. Perhaps that makes it a true multi-functional watch.

Since the point of wearing these watches is to look classy, as another general rule, avoid the temptation to overdo it. Do not get diamonds (real or fake) in your watch. These, and other accessories, are unnecessary expenses, that will not draw positive attention.

While it is difficult to talk yourself into getting a luxury item during a recession, there are a lot worse ways to spend your money. You can look at these as wise investments. These are five watches that will look good with formal attire, which means they will look good in business settings, job interviews, and, of course, dates.

Whether anyone admits it or not, and whether they know it or not, looking good can get people to take you more seriously. And that definitely does not go out of style.

Steven James Stafford is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with Bachelors Degrees in English and in Political Science. He resides in the suburbs of Boston.

  • Matt S.

    MSRPs would have been great if listed with their respective watches.

  • Lindsey

    Author must be a seriouslyy punctual pimp.

  • Matt S.

    Also, anyone ever notice how all watches usually show the time ~10:10?

  • Sean

    I just recently got a job at a big law firm in the city so I have to dress to impress these days. This article really helped me to pick out the right watch to go with all my new expensive suits that I now wear to work. This article helped me pick a watch that not only matches with everything and makes me look sophisticated, but also helped me pick the watch that sends the “right message” if you know what I mean. I’ve had to totally revamped my lifestyle since I’m no longer living the college life. I started going to the gym more, modified my diet to include fewer carbs, got my eyebrows waxed, and I even tried a cleansing diet (which I swear by! You have to try it!). This article, among the many others I regularly read on this website, helped me to futher elaborate on the lifestyle I’m trying to create for myself. I’ll definitely look for more articles by this author.

  • Rob

    A very good article. As far as the MSRP’s, searching for them may lead you to “your” watch. The part about time-pieces being more of statement than a necessity with cell phones becoming “fashion forward” accessories was a very good point. In a world over-come with “must-have” gadgets, a quality watch shows at the very least, a hint of class

  • Rick

    ayo this is a tite column, ima get one of deez watches to lite up my wrists and you know, when i get the gurls maybe ima give them yo name as cred

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  • http://fupducktv.com/blog/ FupDuckTV

    Ever since I started carrying a cell phone with me, I haven’t worn a watch. It has been over 5 years now. I haven’t had the need to know the exact time. If I do, I pull out my phone. The only time I might wear a watch would be to complete an outfit (and I don’t get dressed up that often).

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  • andree

    A good pick. The Ballade III is also one of my fave, along with omega. I’d like to share my other fave here. Try look for Oris Artelier. It is very classy and has quite a range of variation. It worths around a grand. Go for a plain one, it sells around $800. Or try for Oris Classic. This one worth less than Artelier but looks similar with the same elegance.

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  • http://citizenautomatic.com Citizen Automatic

    The only time I might wear a watch would be to complete an outfit (and I don’t get dressed up that often).

  • David

    what’s the brand/model of the watch in the title graphic?

  • billyjean

    what is the watch in the top photo?

  • http://www.blog.de/my/blogs/post/tag.php?post=13623480 kappe 47 brand

    The Ballade III is also one of my fave, along with omega. I’d like to share my other fave here. Try look for Oris Artelier. It is very classy and has quite a range of variation. It worths around a grand. Go for a plain one, it sells around $800. Or try for Oris Classic. This one worth less than Artelier but looks similar with the same elegance.

  • abj

    around a grand for the speedmaster? must be a joke. Try at least 4,000. Maybe there’s no msrps because he doesn’t understand them.

  • jake

    Where is the Rolex