First Year Analyst Watches

What luxury watches are acceptable for A1 to wear in the office? Figure Rolexes are too flashy but can an A1 get away with a dressy JLC, Omega, or IWC without raising too much attention or judgement? 

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jul 20, 2021 - 2:34pm

Wear whatever you want (even a rolex as long as its not iced out or anything). Of course if you have a nice PP or AP then that might get looks but Rolex are common enough (especially a Datejust).

I wear an AP RO and no-one seems to bat an eye (though throughout my analyst years I only wore an apple watch)

  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:23am

How do you justify buying an AP RO or a nice watch in general? Is there a % of your cash/net worth you'd reasonably spend? IE if you have $100k in the bank, is it fine to spend ~$5k on a watch? I'm looking at buying my first nice watch and it feels kind of crazy to spend $8-10k on one even though I have the $

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jul 20, 2021 - 4:02pm

Wear whatever you want. Stop being inhibited and susceptible to peer pressure. Pull up with a Richard Mille and stunt on your MD.

Jul 20, 2021 - 6:20pm

I know people wearing Rolexes, I wear a JLC and never got comments on it other than people saying they love it (in most cases they were really into watches and we had a good convo). All watches are acceptable as long as they are not in your face kinda watches.

Jul 20, 2021 - 6:37pm

Whatever you want to wear. The watch is for you to hopefully get things done on time and even ahead of schedule if possible as well as for you to look good/feel good so you are a happy employee. If that means you wear a rolly or whatever other watch you want, I say go for it. I doubt anyone will care so much. Worst case you get a comment or two and then people go back to worrying/caring about themselves and their own lives… good luck man, best wishes

Jul 20, 2021 - 6:57pm

Wear whatever you want. JLC is excellent value used, same with IWC sometimes but IWC has a lot of overpriced models IMO as they have ETA movements VS in-house that other brands offer at the same price point.

You can also pick something up from a small independent who uses ETA movements but does extensive finishing and custom work in that price range. Personally that's the way I would go with a ~$8000 - $12,000 budget. Check out Kudoke, Benzinger, etc...

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Jul 21, 2021 - 5:30pm

Yea! Finally someone with good taste lol

Jul 25, 2021 - 8:10pm

Constantspeed Prop

Dare I say - Grand Seiko

You're going to get run out of here on a rail for saying that.  Nobody cares that they're better finished than Rolex or have some insanely sweet movements they're JAPANESE!

In all seriousness, nobody cares what you wear as long as you own it and aren't a dick about it.  In my world apple watches are common and fine, personally I enjoy wearing my SKX-009 (Seiko Pepsi Diver) daily when I'm not mucking around with some micro-brand stuff I own.   

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 20, 2021 - 12:44am

God I love grand seiko. My first big purchase will probably be a Snowflake or the new cherry blossom pieces. Had a chance to look at them in their Soho boutique and absolutely fell in love. The dials are stunning with the way they catch the lights and they're so thin considering their incredible complexity and innovation. Once you get past the Swiss prestige obsession (which most people on this site probably can't given the obsession with prestige here), grand seikos become very, very attractive timepieces.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 24, 2021 - 6:11pm

Just buy something cheap or don't wear one.

Nothing good is going to come from wearing a Rolex as a first year analyst. Everyone knows you didn't buy it with your own money given it's your first job and 95% won't care but 5% will think your a spoiled douche.

Jul 24, 2021 - 11:08pm

Everyone knows you didn't buy it with your own money given it's your first job and 95% won't care but 5% will think your a spoiled douche.

Eh not necessarily true. Made a few hundred thousand the last year from personal trading as an incoming FT and know a few other FTs in a similar situation. Personally, don't care for watches, but I do own some expensive or "flashy" accessories that I wear outside of the office. I bought it all myself and didn't grow up with anything so don't care what anyone think who may see me outside, but I suppose it could still come off a certain way if OP did wear a Rolex or something even from their own money. 

  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Aug 19, 2021 - 2:12pm

If I could redo my first year analyst watch it would have been an Omega Speedmaster, today I think they are a bit overpriced and the best choice is the Tudor Black Bay.

Will also give a lot of credit to Longines, they make luxury watches at the best price hands down and you get something solid for what you pay for. Tissot / Seiko are great for BO and MO people.

Aug 19, 2021 - 7:24pm

I have a speedy and Longines dress watch so definitely agree with you on that. Also have to say FC, Nomos, and Grand Seiko have tremendous value as well

Aug 20, 2021 - 1:35am

I don't tell u how to spend your money, you don't tell me how I spend mine. 

Aug 20, 2021 - 4:04am

Lol then don't spend that much on a watch. Get something cheaper. Plenty of good options at or under a 1000. And still more options in the 200 range. No one will care at all what watch you wear, whether it's a 100 buck Skagen or a 10000 omega, unless you draw attention to it

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