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Wearing tool/sport watches with suits?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CustomWorks, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Not a tool watch but maybe a sports watch if I were traveling and didn't want to drag along an extra watch.

    What's the difference? Are the terms not somewhat interchangeable?
     
  2. Franky12

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    Well even if people don't approve, you can start creating your won style.
     
  3. Franky12

    Franky12 Member

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    I say anything that fits and that you like, rock it. And careless about what other people says.
     
  4. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    If it is a suit, it must be a simple watch on a leather strap My go to watch's for this are a gold Girard Perregaux Gyromatic on a brown crocodile strap, and a silver Omega Constellation Pie Pan on a black crocodile strap.

    If I'm just in a sport coat and slacks, I will were a bracelet. My Rolex Air King no date see's a lot of wrist action in this way.

    When I see a man in a suit with a bracelet, the first thing's that come to mind is that he:

    Doesn't have another watch or strap
    Is on a trip and this is just more practical
    Is just trying to show off that his watch cost more then a lot of folk's first car
    Or most common, he just thinks it's a watch and just doesn't care


    X1000, nailed it. To me it is like seeing a Ferrari in a snow storm. It tells me that he blew all his money on what he thinks is something classy and he does not have a proper dress watch (or SUV).

    The other option is that he does not know the difference and he is probably wearing rubber-soled shoes. James Bond only did it for corporate sponsorship.
     
  5. The King of Teeth

    The King of Teeth Well-Known Member

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    Perfectly acceptable. You guys are telling me that you wouldnt want to wear a Patek Phillipe Nautilus with a suit? Its an all metal watch with no strap. (one of the versions anyways)

    Regardless, its ok and nothing wrong with it at all.
     
  6. acridsheep

    acridsheep Senior member

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    I wear my Omega Seamaster with my suits sometimes, but have actually started to wear my (gasp!) Movado Eliro more, for the simple reason that my shirt cuff glides over it easier.

    I know it's a mall watch, but the Eliro is actually quite lovely, IMO.
     
  7. loreley

    loreley Senior member

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    You guys are telling me that you wouldnt want to wear a Patek Phillipe Nautilus with a suit?

    Correct. It's the balance of the combination that is a little ostentatious, unless you want it all about the time piece. Which in my opinion, is a little tacky.
     
  8. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    Tool watches are clearly acceptable to be worn with a suit, but are not considered in good taste. Let's say you're doing a slim fit dress shirt and flat-front pants, tool watch works perfect. If you're wearing a full-on suit, it's acceptable, but it doesn't fit. There's always something off. Plus, if you're hanging with watch snobs and you're wearing a Rolex or Omega with a suit, they'll think you're trashy.

    If you're set on this route, and I can tell you are by your posts, check out the sub non-date. It's a little classier without the cyclops and date, IMO.
     
  9. thunderthighs

    thunderthighs Well-Known Member

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    I think it's acceptable although I stiill prefer to wear a dress watch with a suit. Tool or sports watches generally look better with casual clothes IMO. Only James Bond can get away with wearing a diving watch with black tie. [​IMG]
    I'll submit that every James Bond until Daniel Craig looked like a borderline or even outright tool wearing a dive watch with a suit. Craig is just rough enough around the edges to make it work. So if you're a typical 5'5, 135-lb dripping-wet, "OMG I can't find these jeans in sz 28 wtf do I do" SFer you'll look weird wearing a dive watch -- with ANYTHING, let alone a suit. Stick with the 34mm dainties on croc skin in that case. On the other hand if you are a man and actually look like one, then there's nothing wrong with wearing a dive watch that's within reason (say 40-42mm, less then 15mm thick) with a suit. And if you are the size and shape of Hulk Hogan, you can pretty much get away with wearing the biggest dive watches made along with your bespoke suit.
     
  10. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    I'll submit that every James Bond until Daniel Craig looked like a borderline or even outright tool wearing a dive watch with a suit. Craig is just rough enough around the edges to make it work. So if you're a typical 5'5, 135-lb dripping-wet, "OMG I can't find these jeans in sz 28 wtf do I do" SFer you'll look weird wearing a dive watch -- with ANYTHING, let alone a suit. Stick with the 34mm dainties on croc skin in that case.

    On the other hand if you are a man and actually look like one, then there's nothing wrong with wearing a dive watch that's within reason (say 40-42mm, less then 15mm thick) with a suit. And if you are the size and shape of Hulk Hogan, you can pretty much get away with wearing the biggest dive watches made along with your bespoke suit.


    That's probably the truest post I've ever read on SF.
     
  11. thunderthighs

    thunderthighs Well-Known Member

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    What's the difference? Are the terms not somewhat interchangeable?

    A tool watch would be something like a Rolex Submariner or Omega Planet Ocean or something along those lines. At the very minimum, a Seiko SKX007 which is a classic. A sports watch would be a plastic resin G-Shock or any watch that can monitor your heart rate or distance jogged. The latter is never acceptable with a suit unless you are Justin Bieber, and even then you'd look like an idiot.
     
  12. Metlin

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    I'll submit that every James Bond until Daniel Craig looked like a borderline or even outright tool wearing a dive watch with a suit. Craig is just rough enough around the edges to make it work. So if you're a typical 5'5, 135-lb dripping-wet, "OMG I can't find these jeans in sz 28 wtf do I do" SFer you'll look weird wearing a dive watch -- with ANYTHING, let alone a suit. Stick with the 34mm dainties on croc skin in that case.

    On the other hand if you are a man and actually look like one, then there's nothing wrong with wearing a dive watch that's within reason (say 40-42mm, less then 15mm thick) with a suit. And if you are the size and shape of Hulk Hogan, you can pretty much get away with wearing the biggest dive watches made along with your bespoke suit.


    Are you saying Foo cannot wear a dive watch?
     
  13. thunderthighs

    thunderthighs Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying Foo cannot wear a dive watch?
    Except for Foo, of course. He could get away with wearing a grandfather clock on each wrist.
     
  14. aphextwin07

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    lol @ tool watches. i think it depends on the rest of the outfit (shoes/shirt/tie/sans-tie/etc). it definitely can work but obviously not in all situations.
     
  15. TimelesStyle

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    I wear a 40mm Rolex with suits all the time and don't see any problem with it. As long as the watch fits under the shirt cuff and doesn't create a bulge, then it's fine.
     
  16. Patek

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    Many people cannot tell the difference.

    Those who say it is alright to wear a sports watch with a suit are among those people.
     
  17. TheWraith

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    I often wear my Omega Seamaster or Christopher Ward C60 Trident watches (both dive watches) with my suits, and think they look exemplary.
     
  18. The King of Teeth

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    Correct. It's the balance of the combination that is a little ostentatious, unless you want it all about the time piece. Which in my opinion, is a little tacky.

    We shall agree to disagree. [​IMG]
     
  19. AB01

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    I can't believe this!

    This place is so strict on every rule. Must only wear x with y. Patent leather for tux. Dress belt must only be be 1" to 1.25". Dress for the occasion. Etc. I'll agree with these rules for various logical reasons.

    But these same strict people don't want to wear a dress watch for dress and a sport watch when wearing sport (sport coat, casual, lounge, etc).

    Dress watch is meant to be worn with dress clothes. Sport watch otherwise. I know you love your deep sea diving 50+mm multi timezone sparkle metallic bracelets with 3 shades of gold, but it is way out of place much of the time. You cannot pair these watches with everything. It will often look tacky, no matter how expensive the brand.
     
  20. Shikar

    Shikar Senior member

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    Avoid sports watches with suits. I have worn them with suits, but i try to avoid it.

    Regards.
     

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