Expensive watch as an Incoming SA for a team dinner

Hey, I know I will prob get a lot of hate for this but I am writing it anyway cause I need to. I am a SA and will have a team dinner soon. I love watches and I was wondering if I should wear a watch to the dinner. I know they love watches but they do not know I do. Would it be a conversation starter or would it be a terrible move that I spark some unnecessary attention?

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May 9, 2022 - 3:09pm
tonyiowa, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bad move. Never outclass your client's watch, and this principle is the same when even coming close to a VP/MD's watch as an SA. Don't do it.

  • Prospect in PE - Growth
May 9, 2022 - 3:26pm

why do such retarded kids get to have such rich parents smfh

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
May 10, 2022 - 4:51am

Go with something low key first. If they truly love watches you should be able to tell what's okay to wear when you start this summer. Think about how it looks to wear a simple Casio or Seiko versus a Rolex or Omega when you're the most junior on the team. I love watches myself and would definitely comment on something interesting. What Rolex do you have?

  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
May 10, 2022 - 4:34pm

Any thought on the oyster perpetual datejust?

May 15, 2022 - 6:06am
DrApeman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not a bad watch at all, but I've never been very fond of Rolex personally (I 100% acknowledge it as a great brand, and I do have an oyster perpetual, but that's not my favourite).

Style-wise, I prefer Omega, and there I think both the Seamaster and the De Ville (in very different genres) are much more slick and elegant. Discreet but stylish.

Hell, I prefer the TAG Heuer Carrera to the Oyster, and it's a lot cheaper.

As for what to wear? I mean, I'll be starting as an AC/BA/A soon, and I'm not about to not wear my watches because of the reasons mentioned. I do believe it's different whether you wear it just as a regular watch, or if you flaunt it in people's faces. Literally no one (other than people who really know watches) will notice what you're wearing unless you make a big deal out of it. A watch is a watch, luxury or otherwise. I'm also joining as an experienced hire, so I'm not exactly 20-something anymore, if this makes any difference at all.

Again, if you shove your wrist in people's faces when asked for the time, they'll notice. If you just wear it casually, no one will pick up on it. No one has noticed mine so far in any of my jobs or interactions unless they too were fond of watches, at which point they likely own one.

May 10, 2022 - 5:20am
WB97, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I wouldn't worry about wearing mid market brands like Rolex, Patek, Omega etc. If it was obviously in a higher price bracket (say $50k+?) or very ostentatious maybe I would think twice.

  • Intern in PE - Other
May 10, 2022 - 4:24pm

Lmao did you really just say Patek is "mid-market"?

May 10, 2022 - 9:41pm
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The troll here isn't that the kid wants to wear Rolex. It's that the kid thinks an MD is coming to lunch with the SAs :)

Good one, son. 

May 10, 2022 - 9:51pm
Lawrence3, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Likely no one will notice, and if they do they might say nice watch. If someone really wants details and you don't want to say you have wealthy parents, just say it was a gift from your grandfather.

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May 11, 2022 - 8:11am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey kid, before worrying about what you're wearing, grow a backbone first. 

The kid couldn't handle the heat from the previous posting and heavily modified the OP. That is spineless. Put a question out there, stand by it and defend yourself. In short, be a man, not a coward. 

At this point, it won't matter whether you wear the watch or not. Someone at the level of your MD will see right through you and see you're not a stand up guy. 

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  • Investment Analyst in HF - Other
May 11, 2022 - 11:36am

this is why i despise you trust fund kids

May 11, 2022 - 11:55am
Smoke Frog, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Why make this post and not tell us what your watch is? Why do people make posts and intentionally leave out the only interesting piece of information about the post?

May 12, 2022 - 5:15am
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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May 12, 2022 - 4:32pm
eloquence, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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