Of all the types of watches, whether mechanical, quartz, or smartwatches, dressing it up to be appropriate for business events can prove to be a daunting task. It’s especially tricky when you are not versed with how meetings can go, and you don’t know if it’s a formal business dinner or just lunch and golf at the country club.
So for those who want to have a readily available line of watch collection that can transition from day to night and still formal enough to wear on formal events, we’ve collated the best watches that you can pair with dressier clothes. Always make sure to use these selections with the appropriate three-piece suit, a quality dress shirt, and an inconspicuous dress pants.
Those who tell you that the Apple Watch is not a dress watch definitely aren’t stylish or cool enough to pull off the look. That’s the truth. With the Series 5, Apple made their famous smartwatch available in different materials. The titanium option is especially stunning. When paired with the right band, the Milanese strap, for example, the watch becomes a head-turner.
When it comes to smartwatches, there is no beating Apple Watch right now. The integration to iPhone and other Apple devices is second to none, better than the best automatic watches, with the Watch App Store becoming an entity in itself as well. The app support is legendary, and you’ll never find a better and wider selection of companion apps to download.
If you want an automatic watch that does not fetch astronomers prices, the Seiko 5 SNKL23 is a great watch to buy. Out of the box, it looks like a thousand Swiss-made dollar watches. The black dial is a classic, adorned with dauphine hands and straightforward time markers. At 38mm, it’s the perfect size for most wrists.
The movement inside the watch may not be the most sophisticated, but it does the job done. For watch connoisseurs, the Seiko 5 line of watches has been the worst-kept secret of top of the line horology, and it’s an anomaly in itself because of how affordable it is. The stainless steel clasp is great to use any day of the week, but when paired with a black alligator leather band, it becomes a major stunner.
It’s so easy for any Rolex to become a dress watch. With its notoriety as the definition of a luxury mechanical watch, it’s a no-brainer to wear a Rolex on business events. While this is expected for many top CEOs, startup entrepreneurs can also have any of the Rolex lines for clout.
The Submariner is the classic diver’s watch, and you don’t need to style it up or down to fit any event. The beauty of a Rolex is that most of the time, it’s appropriate on any occasion.
Timex has had quite the success with the Expedition line of watches. And the accolades are worth it as well because it’s a good-looking chronograph watch that has a great quartz movement, quality case, strap material, and overall versatility. While the Expedition is marketed as an outdoor watch, it’s aesthetic can turn into a really nice-looking dress watch with the right styling.
The Scout Chronograph in 42mm is particularly a looker. If you’re gunning for the rugged yet understated look, you can pair it with a leather buckle. It’s water-resistant for up to 100m, and the chronograph feature measures up to 1/20th a second. The proprietary Indiglo Night Light tech makes the watch readable and glowing in dim conditions.
When it comes to dressing watches, there are infinite possibilities of how you can wear them. Just because it doesn’t have a stainless steel clasp does not mean it isn’t business casual appropriate. Always remember that it’s always about the watch, how it looks, and how it pairs with what you’re wearing. When all else fails, a watch with a black dial and a silver stainless steel clasp, no matter what movement, won’t fail you.