1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Pilot Watches in a Formal Workplace

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by blah23, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,577
    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2006
    On principle, you should not as it doesn't look right with a suit and isn't "right." In practice, no one will care and has been pointed out in this thread, people wear all sorts of watches, no matter how high their pay grade or formal the rest of their clothing.

    But if you care, you shouldn't do it.


    That said, for months I have been wearing a diver's watch and before that a large chronograph and somewhere in the rotation is a pilot watch as well. But this is a case of do as I say, not as I do.
     
  2. East Oakland

    East Oakland Senior member

    Messages:
    232
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Location:
    Oakland, CA
    A modern Radiomir without radium to fry your nads seems kinda wimpy to me.


    - B


    Agreed. This seems to be the only watch to properly fry your nads these days:

    http://www.chronoworld.com/new/produ...product_id=130

    [​IMG]


    Matathon also seems to be leading the way in the giant-watch arms race. I am thinking of getting one of these to win the big watch (dick) constest at my office:

    [​IMG]
     
  3. jonnyt

    jonnyt Senior member

    Messages:
    235
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Location:
    Zurich
    Pilot watches are worn over the cuff, over the leather jacket, therefore the long strap.

    Well, I was in the RAF for a couple of years and have done a fair few hours at the flying club and I've never seen a pilot wear his watch over his jacket.
    More to the point, I think anyone who did that would look fairly ridiculous unless they were wearing goggles and sitting in a Spitfire...
     
  4. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Senior member

    Messages:
    448
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Location:
    Spain, California
    I often wear my IWC pilot watch - along with suit and tie - to my formal (finance) job. The only feedback I´ve gotten has been positive: a couple of watch geeks have asked me where I bought it. Of course, it´s not the big version
     
  5. whacked

    whacked Senior member

    Messages:
    7,364
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  6. turk100

    turk100 Senior member

    Messages:
    100
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Location:
    New Haven ,Ct.
  7. butkusrules

    butkusrules Senior member

    Messages:
    158
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2008
    Location:
    Chicago,IL
    Love stowa airman, at no more then 40 mm it's fine for a suit.
     
  8. kryn13

    kryn13 Senior member

    Messages:
    272
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Wear what you like. I think it's fine for a casual attitude. For formal days I'd go with something more discreet.
     
  9. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Senior member

    Messages:
    5,310
    Joined:
    May 5, 2007
    Location:
    Terminal A? 1?
    Here ya go.. I work in a very conservative environment, & a very visible customer facing role & guess what?

    I have a small wrist yet have been known to not think twice about wearing a diver or a pilots watch..

    & no one has yet stopped me.

    At the end of the day it is up to the wearer, have gravitas & nothing is a problem.. Feel conscious then don't do it..

    I understand there are some guide lines about dress but we are living today not yesterday..

    Finally, I think some of your "rules" guys need to loosen up..

    Panerai 233J - 44mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Rolex Submariner LV - 42mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    IWC BP - 47mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    IWC TG - 42mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    JLC AMVOX1 Ti - 42mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    IWC Inge - 42mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    IWC Port Chrono- 42mm
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  10. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

    Messages:
    9,027
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Oooh - i miss seeing that Panda.
     
  11. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

    Messages:
    6,370
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Location:
    Seattle-ish
    Finally, I think some of your "rules" guys need to loosen up..

    Rolex Submariner LV - 42mm


    Totally agree with this although I wonder how your Sub grew 2mm. [​IMG]
     
  12. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Senior member

    Messages:
    5,310
    Joined:
    May 5, 2007
    Location:
    Terminal A? 1?
    Totally agree with this although I wonder how your Sub grew 2mm. [​IMG]
    - it happened when I actually measured the case.. Weird but true..
     
  13. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

    Messages:
    9,027
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Totally agree with this although I wonder how your Sub grew 2mm. [​IMG]

    It's a grower not a show-er.
     
  14. millionaire75

    millionaire75 Senior member

    Messages:
    963
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2007
    Finally, I think some of your "rules" guys need to loosen up..

    +1,000
     
  15. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

    Messages:
    12,590
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Location:
    Princeton, NJ
  16. micbain

    micbain Senior member

    Messages:
    570
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Location:
    Vancouver
    PG - that JLC AMVOX1 is just hotness...
     
  17. JDL

    JDL Member

    Messages:
    16
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Location:
    Oxford
    Well, I was in the RAF for a couple of years and have done a fair few hours at the flying club and I've never seen a pilot wear his watch over his jacket.
    More to the point, I think anyone who did that would look fairly ridiculous unless they were wearing goggles and sitting in a Spitfire...


    Or a nice vintage biplane. But I agree. In fact very few qualified pilots I know have complicated "pilot's watches" – although quite a few students do. I just don't know how you could read it let alone use all the functions when flying – particularly an E6 type flight computer – I’m too busy looking out the window so as not to bump into anything and using the GPS to do the sums for me.

    And then there are all the aviation jokes about the size of your watch compensating for something small [​IMG]

    J

    ===============
    "The knack [of flying] lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss" , Douglas Adams
     
  18. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

    Messages:
    2,998
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    I've seen folks, including partners in big law firms, in bespoke shoes, bespoke suits, and huge digital Casio G-shocks or other such watches. Seriously, I think a lot of folks stres over how they will be perceived unnecessarily.

    My brother used to work in a BSD type field in the financial industry. He told me that there was a reverse snobbery attitude toward watches. Many top guys would wear Timex or Casio sport watches.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by