Serious question, generally in the business world are movado watches kinda looked down upon? I have a museum collection movado watch that I bought myself last Christmas. Pretty much this exact watch http://www.certifiedwatchstore.com/product_images/cache/320x500//Movado-0606085__18444_zoom.jpg
For personal use, I'd never spend more than about $500 on a watch, which is right around where this one was. But in the workplace, are watches like this looked down upon? I know some people will drop tens of thousands on a watch if they have the money, and keeping in mind how office politics can sometimes work, are Movados a bad idea?
Movado Watches Review for Work on Wall Street
Most of our users shared that the mid-range Movado watch would not be thought of negatively in the office, many did not love the style and offered some suggestions of brands to look at.
While the original image posted by the OP is no longer available, a mid-range watch from Movado is pictured below.
Watch Brands for Work
Our users shared a variety of suggestions for watch brands below.
Our users share their thoughts below.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Movado from a work appropriateness stand point, and a $500 watch is about what most people would expect a guy a couple years out of college to wear. It's the same thing as buying a Gucci or Fossil watch - a fashion brand.
If you are interested in finding a watch in that price range that "watch guys" will respect I'd suggest you look at watches from Hamilton or Tissot. If you can spend a little more you can look at the entry level offerings for Stowa or Sinn.
I would also look into Nixon and Hamilton watches- they look classic, are a little cheaper than the Movado, and a little more interesting. They aren't as flashy - a Movado is easily identifiable, but not so fancy you really want to show it off.
User Aimez offered a detailed perspective on what watches signal:
Keep in mind that leather bands will wear in a way a metal one won't, the lack of dots on the watch means you like the idea of being reliable, but you fail to value precision - which for something which has the sole goal of signify reliability, means the watch is failing at its job. Swiss watches are known for their precision, I don't personally see the value in buying a swiss watch which won't be precise.
Following trends is great if you're a day-trader, and innovation is great if you're in IT or working in VC or growth industries but not if you're an accountant. Accountants are meant to be precise, reliable, dependable. You don't want to be projecting that you're creative in accounting, if you know what I mean. Buying a watch is not about money, but signaling. It's about creating a consistent brand message.
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