Which watch to wear?

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In the market for a new watch, cannot decide which one to get.

Which watch would you recommend goes with a navy blue pinstriped Brooks Brothers suit with french cuffs and gold cufflinks?

1.) Rolex Submariner two-tone stainless steel/gold
2.) Rolex Submariner (stainless steel)
3.) Jaeger Lecultre Gran Reverso Duo
4.) Patek Philippe (old watch, non-chronograph, leather strap)
5.) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (stainless steel w/ black dial, chronograph)

Thanks in advance.

Comments (17)

Feb 17, 2012

Whichever one you want but no one is going to care one way or another. Someone who is really into watches will pay you a compliment but buy the watch because you love the watch not because you think people are going to be impressed. Most people are just going to assume it's a nice watch but won't have any ability to distinguish between brands or notice price differences.

Feb 17, 2012

Search function my man.

However, I will bite since I am a watch enthusiast. As stated in countless other threads, no one gives a shit about your watch - so long as you are a hard worker and not a douche, any of the watches listed in this thread are solid.

The question I have for you: is this your first watch? If so, might be smart to begin with a stainless sub (or even two-tone) and build your collection from there. The first watch I bought as an analyst was a stainless submariner, and began building my collection from there. Many people on here will argue Rolex sucks, you don't need that watch, blah blah - but if you like it, that is all that matters. The range of watches you have listed here are quite different, perhaps you should give more information on your situation, etc. Given your list, I assume price is not an issue. I suggest you also look at Hublot and IWC if you already have a solid base timepiece.

Feb 17, 2012

When I first got my "first real" bonus I went to Tourneau (sp?) and ended up with a Baume et Mercier Riviera. Wasn't about cost (maybe 2-3k?), wasn't about anything but what I loved style wise (B&M, btw, in case you are a brand snob is a sub of Cartier, but you should have enough self confidence to wear what you like and is quality - not what you think others will notice. But the Riviera has an extremely unique look - the face is an octagon - or maybe it has 10 sides - but the angular look is awesome (in my mind).

I've gotten millions of compliments on my watch - mostly because B&M isn't as commonly worn as a Pasha/tank/mariner, etc....

I'm a watch/cufflink guy and in either way I go for simply what I think looks good - I have 40 pair of cufflinks - many bought on ebay for very cheap - some very cool watches that look very expensive bought on ebay for $200 or under (fully automatic, etc...).

Go with your taste and don't let anyone else tell you what your taste should be - but hey, if you've always dreamed of owning a Rolex and you can finally afford one then get the one you like best (but I would not recommend getting a diamond encrusted one).

As for suits - try going to Barney's - Brooks Brothers (in my opinion) is not really stylish (unless you really like the look; I'm not trying to insult your taste - but I just find their clothes quite boring).

My favorite Rolex is a brown leather band one and the face has a mother of pearl - it's beautiful - I saw it at the Time Warner Center for about 25k (way above my range).....but I like having something others don't....so a mariner, while awesome, isn't really that unique (not a bad thing - just saying....)

bottom line: follow your own taste - but I tend not to wear gold links at work - I go with silver (universal) or stone/color to match my tie/suit/shirt - something to go with all of it (but I'm a little anal that way :) )

Feb 17, 2012

Don't ever buy Cartier, unless you are a huge fan and cannot live without. They are tacky fashion watches and much more watch can be purchased for the $$. Again, if you simply love the brand, by all means purchase one. IMO, there are way too many options to settle on Cartier.

Feb 17, 2012

definitely buy a cartier santos (steel). was my third watch after a corum and rolex. by far my favorite.

Feb 17, 2012

This is what I would do if I were you...

Sell all those watches and buy one of these...

IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar: http://robertmaron.com/images/D/IWC5022PERPORT-02.jpg
Patek Chrono: http://www.europastar.com/europastar/photos/03_200...

Feb 17, 2012

As stated above, all are solid but I'm a huge PP fan so I'd have to say PP.

Just Do It

Feb 17, 2012

Love B&M. Would never buy a Rolex. You buy a Rolex to say you have a Rolex. Dumb.

Feb 17, 2012

LOVE the trading places pic..... still my favorite comedy of all time (literally can recite from beginning to end).

I just think B&M has a unique style - nothing wrong with a rolex but honestly I'd wait until I could afford the platinum one or do something different like a leather strap. I feel like the mariner is everywhere and the basic oyster perpetual (in my opinion only) is $10,000 of brand and nothing else.....if the crown weren't on it, you'd think it was a seiko....

but bottom line all again - just go with personal taste and make sure your taste isn't dependent on how you think others will perceive

but I'm a true watch lover.....I look for type of movement, love a chronograph, love a true working moon phase (usually with brown strap), etc....

now if anyone knows where I could get a first year VP job please shoot me a note! :)

Feb 17, 2012

I'm a very big fan of IWC for its value. But my interview watch is a Seamaster.. don't want to out do the interviewer.

Feb 17, 2012

upgrade your suit game before you buy a new watch

Feb 17, 2012

agreed. brooks brothers when you're in that watch category?

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Feb 17, 2012

Royal Oak. But why gold cufflinks?

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Mar 12, 2012

I like all these watches too, but if it's your first/only watch then I'd go with Rolex too. I had the same dilemma a few years ago, I was leaning towards the AP Royal Oak, but a watch collector convinced me otherwise. He owned a bunch of watches, and he told me that the submariner goes throughout the years unharmed (he owned some models from the 1950's in perfect state), while his five year old Royal Oak was full of scratches. My next watch will probably an audemars (or Hublot if I really don't know what to do with my money), but as a main watch it's hard to beat the submariner (or gold daytonna with a leader strap, but that's maybe beyond your price range); I've had mine for almost 5 years now and still loving it. And you can get pretty cool Nato straps for 30$ if you want to change styles ( I have been wearing the bond one for some time now ;) ).

Mar 13, 2012