Originally Posted by WICaniac
It's the timing more than the means. This DJ makes me want to host cocktail parties at which it would be appropriate, but I'm wondering whether I could get more mileage out of it. I get 1-3 black tie invites a year but would wear a tux to all of them. I also regularly attend banquet dinners that call for a suit. Could I instead wear this (a) with the rest of my BT ensemble or (b) with regular black trousers and a necktie (as in the below image of a similar DJ)?
This picture is awful. Please do not do this.
The first question is, do you already have a tux? if you do, then you can think about expanding your repertoire. But if it were me, I would get a "white" (they're really more of a cream) DJ for warm weather before I would get a black watch.
The bottom line is that, if you are at all concerned about the expense, don't. Worrying about the cost of buying a black watch DJ is incompatible with buying a black watch DJ. There are lots of other excellent black tie accessories to spend your money on first. In fact, you can now legitimately go out and spend $250 on something and then tell your wife that she was right and that she convinced you not to buy that jacket so you bought this instead and it only cost $250! etc., etc.
And don't think you will never be able to find a black watch again at such a good price. You can probably find one in perfect condition in a thrift store for $20. Since you don't need matching pants, they are pretty easy to find.