The wristwatch is a relatively new addition to timekeeping. For more than three centuries, the most popular portable timepiece was the pocket watch. Introduced in the 16th century, it soon became an indispensible accessory for European gentlemen. But all that changed when the winds of war blew once again. World War I on the Western Front brought a new kind of combat.
It was called trench warfare and it was not only extremely violent, but also quite messy. As you might imagine, pocket watches didnt last long in that environment. They were either lost in the mud and muck, or they broke in pocket. As a result, the wrist watch soon gained a loyal following.Because they had to plan and coordinate attacks, officers were issued wristwatches during the war. The watches became so popular that they were often called trench watches.
By the end of the war, the wristwatch had replaced the pocket watch as the fashion accessory of choice for gentlemen. Of course, these timepieces were still considered luxury item and most men could not afford them. It was not until the 1970s that wristwatches became an affordable accessory.The so-called Quartz Revolution introduced the world to inexpensive electronic watches that were not handcrafted by old-world artisans. They were accurate, easy to use and cheap.
Where are we now? Wristwatches are probably the most popular male accessory. Men arent big on jewelry. But watches are a different issue. You see, they are functional. They tell time. That gives a guy the excuse he needs to wear a more elaborate, decorative watch. In this article we will review a few of the most popular watches for young professionals.
What to Look for?
The watch you wear says a lot about your style. As a general rule, a work watch should not be made of plastic or rubber. It should have real watch hands, not an LCD display. Some type of animal hide or metal should be used on the band and the watch cover should be made of crystal.
Swiss Army Master II
Whether you are working at an ad agency, on Wall Street or at a bank, you will need a watch that keeps good time and has some style. Swiss Army is a name that screams precision and dependability. Not to mention the fact that their timepieces are quite distinctive. The Master II gives you the choice of sporty silver bracelet or an elegant black leather band.
Movado Museum Watch
Movado offers a wide range of watches for young professionals. The Museum Watch is one of their most popular models because of its classic, understated design. Modeled after a sun dial, the watch is famous for its single gold dot and fancy crocodile band. We also recommend the Movados Safiro and Luno collections, which are slightly sportier models with stainless steel bracelets.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer
As the name implies, this watch is a bit sportier than the aforementioned models. But Tag is one of the few watchmakers that can pull it off. With their magical mix of engineering and fashion design, they are able to create watches are both sleek and sporty. No one knows how they do it, but once you strap one to your wrist, you wont much care. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer is one of the most versatile accessories a guy can hope to find. It can be worn with a designer three-piece suit or with a pair of dirty old jeans. It works either way. We recommend the model with the blue dialits more distinctive.
Full-Blooded Silver from Swatch
Theres no need to spend a thousand dollars on a new timepiece. Watches from Swatch are known for their accuracy, durability and affordability. But with the Full-Blooded Silver, they get something they have really never had before: style. The name itself is rather bold, as it describes the silver dial and matching silver bracelet that marks time in three different time zones. Made with the traveler in mind, the watch costs less than most domestic plane rides.
Classic Cartier Tank Watch
Cartier sells expensive things, and the Tank Watch is no exception. Designed for well-paid wunderkind, this timepiece costs over five-thousand dollars. It is popular with younger professionals because the Classic Cartier Tank Watch is less gaudy than most of their other offerings. It is both dressy and sporty and it has seniority. The Tank Watch has been around in one form or another since 1917. Yes, they were making these watches when soliders were in the trenches.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner
Rolex has been the gold standard in the watch market for decades. We chose the Oyster Perpetual Submariner over their other fine timepieces because it is actually quite affordable, by Rolex standards. Remember, the average Rolex goes for around ten thousand dollars, and the Submariner is listed at just half that. So, not only is it more affordable, but it also makes a subtle statement, rather than screaming it. If youve been looking for a watch that will make a big impression at the next business meeting while keeping you right on time, consider some of these stand out options.