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Is this watch appropriate?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I've been looking for a watch to wear for work. I'm looking for an inexpensive watch (less than $300 USD) that will be appropriate for the corporate environment (suit & tie). I'd prefer a medium size watch with a leather band. Quartz is fine because I don't know enough about watches to appreciate an automatic.

I like the Swiss Army Infantry watches because they are uncluttered and easy to read, and include the date. My concern is that they may be too casual to wear with a suit.

I prefer the black face version, but I am not sure if the white face might be more appropriate.

Would either of these fit the bill or should I look elsewhere?

black face:
http://www.swissarmy.com/Timepieces/...product=24653&

white face:
http://www.swissarmy.com/Timepieces/...product=24656&
post #2 of 25
Yes, but I don't like it. Take a look at the Hamilton Khaki line.
post #3 of 25
Agreed, Hamilton is an excellent buy.
post #4 of 25
I don't think any of these two watches would look good or be appropriate with a business attire (suit & tie). You will need something less sporty and more versatile/neutral, like a simple Stowa. Hamilton Khaki is also probably too sporty for business attire
post #5 of 25
Neither Swiss Army piece will look right with a suit. At less than $300, why not look for a good Seiko? You can also sometimes find a Hamilton Jazzmaster (better with a suit than a Khaki) in the neighborhood of $400.
post #6 of 25
I agree that these watches are a little too sporty and expensive for what you are getting. Doesn't sound like you have the bug about watches that others have. I would look to spend as little as possible and consider something like this: http://www.target.com/Mens-Timex-Eas...e=1&rh=&page=1

If you don't like the band, you can swap it out.
post #7 of 25
I am also looking for a watch. I will be working in the public accounting industry soon and would want a watch that looks like a good fit. I am looking to spend at most 100-200. Anything in that price range? By the way, how about this watch: http://www.target.com/Leather-Band-S...527296-6197710
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I don't think any of these two watches would look good or be appropriate with a business attire (suit & tie). You will need something less sporty and more versatile/neutral, like a simple Stowa. Hamilton Khaki is also probably too sporty for business attire
Agreed. If he has to ask whether a watch is appropriate, a Hamilton Khaki Field (their only worthy watch available for <$300) probably isn't.

I'd suggest you looking at Seiko; for ideas, check out Poor Man Watch Forum shop. In term of sheer value, Seiko/Seiko 5 eats any Hamilton's offerings for breakfast, really.

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Originally Posted by mayday1981
I am also looking for a watch. I will be working in the public accounting industry soon and would want a watch that looks like a good fit. I am looking to spend at most 100-200. Anything in that price range?
There are dozens of threads on this topic already. Do a search for "watch" + "cheap" (+ "beater").
post #9 of 25
I own a Swiss Army infantry, and get FAR more compliments on it then my Tag, Oris, or any of my other watches. Granted mine is the chronograph version, but they are pretty similar.

Personally I'd suggest looking at the Seiko Spirit SCVS013--my favorite of the new Spirit line.

Despite what others have said, I don't think you can go wrong with a nice Swiss Army. They make decent watches, albeit quartz.

GL!
post #10 of 25
seiya japan has some nice japan only seiko watches for sale to us consumers. here are some watches you may want to consider: http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/S-...5_SCVS003.html http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/S-...5_SCVS015.html http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/S-...5_SCVS001.html or maybe some citizen eco-drives (solar powered): http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop...nsecodrive.asp if your prefer swiss, perhaps esq: http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/ESQquest.asp http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/ESQCenturion.asp http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/esqfilmore.asp you may also be able to find a decent deal on a movado: http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/movado.asp sometimes shopnbc.com has some decent deals too. hope this helps.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I'll take a look into the options you suggested. I wasn't really feeling the Swiss Army anyway.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I don't think any of these two watches would look good or be appropriate with a business attire (suit & tie). You will need something less sporty and more versatile/neutral, like a simple Stowa. Hamilton Khaki is also probably too sporty for business attire

Althought I agree that a simple Stowa would be the best choice, is it really a huge faux pas to wear a sportier watch (not a sporty watch, but a slightly sportier watch, if you know what I mean) with business attire (suit/tie)?

I have been wearing a Hamilton Khaki Automatic Chrono in brown leather with a suit and tie wardrobe for the past few months and I don't seem to see anything wrong. But I must admit, I am a bit younger (25) and feel that I am allowed to wear a brown watch with a black belt and black shoes.

I never quite understood how formal one had to be from head to toe. Am I doing something wrong? And what makes a watch acceptable/non-acceptable or casual/formal? I am new to this type of thing and would appreciate the info (as well as others). I've come to my own conclusion it has something to do with whether you have numerals (casual/sporty) or hour ticks (formal). But I'd like more info.

Btw, where can I find a Stowa Airman?

Thanks for any help I can get.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by sonlegoman View Post
Althought I agree that a simple Stowa would be the best choice, is it really a huge faux pas to wear a sportier watch (not a sporty watch, but a slightly sportier watch, if you know what I mean) with business attire (suit/tie)?
I think it's absolutely OK. You can continue to wear it. But if you were specifically asking for recommendations for a watch that is appropriate with a suit, I would steer you away from a dive watch or military watch, and in the direction of a simpler, less sporty watch.

Some people wear only sports watches in all situations - I think that if/when you're ready for another nice watch, you should invest in a dressier watch so you will have a range of options for a range of situations and attires
post #14 of 25
An alternative to mid-range swiss brands is a mid-range seiko.

seiko spirit:
post #15 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by sonlegoman View Post
Althought I agree that a simple Stowa would be the best choice, is it really a huge faux pas to wear a sportier watch (not a sporty watch, but a slightly sportier watch, if you know what I mean) with business attire (suit/tie)?

I have been wearing a Hamilton Khaki Automatic Chrono in brown leather with a suit and tie wardrobe for the past few months and I don't seem to see anything wrong. But I must admit, I am a bit younger (25) and feel that I am allowed to wear a brown watch with a black belt and black shoes.

I never quite understood how formal one had to be from head to toe. Am I doing something wrong? And what makes a watch acceptable/non-acceptable or casual/formal? I am new to this type of thing and would appreciate the info (as well as others). I've come to my own conclusion it has something to do with whether you have numerals (casual/sporty) or hour ticks (formal). But I'd like more info.

Btw, where can I find a Stowa Airman?

Thanks for any help I can get.

if you want to get a dressier watch you might be better off getting something with a metal bracelet - you won't have a problem matching a metal bracelet with your shoes or belt. you can always get extra straps in brown in black if you feel you want to match.

"I've come to my own conclusion it has something to do with whether you have numerals (casual/sporty) or hour ticks (formal)." - not necessarily. many dressy watches that have enamel faces have numerals. for ex.:
http://www.prestigetime.com/item.php?item_id=3475

you can find some stowa watches at: http://www.watchbuys.com/store/pc/vi....asp?idpage=24

i don't know if they carry the airman but you can always ask them and they can probably special order it for you since they are an authorized dealer.
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