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Rules of wearing a watch


There are some basic rules that should be followed when wearing timepieces. These are the same type of rules as not to wear brown shoes with a black belt, a pre-tied bow tie, or pajamas outside. When it comes to timepieces, people seem to be a little on the fuzzy side. You will often see someone wearing a completely inappropriate piece, or they constantly check the time in a meeting. 1 Wear your watch on the wrist that suits you. Don't let tradition dictate which hand you wear your watch on, wear it where you find it comfortable. 2 Never wear a dive watch with a suit. Dive watches are bulky, they do not fit well under a dress shirt and suit jacket. Unless you are James Bond or have an endorsement this is a faux-pas. 3 Wear dark with dark, and light with light. If you are out during the day, wear lighter colored watch dials, at night wear darker dial colors. 4 Beware of the implications of checking your watch. A great watch is one of a man's ultimate accessories, checking it can have some negative social implications - even if that is why you are wearing it.

5 Pair watches with outfits appropriately. Try and match the type of watch you wear to the activity you’re involved in each day. 6 Admire someone else's watch from a distance. Just as you would never touch another man’s wallet, don’t expect to handle his watch. If he offers, feel free to accept, but try to handle it as little as possible and never place it on a hard surface where it could get scratched. 7 The oversized watch is over. An oversized watch dwarfs your wrist, throws off the proportions of your entire outfit, and simply doesn’t “fit” well into a nicely combined outfit. A properly sized watch should cover about 2/3 of the width of your wrist 8 Make it fit. The size of the dial should be proportional to your wrist, and the band should fit snugly but comfortably. 9 Skip the bling. Wearing a diamond encrusted watch is fine if you’re a music mogul, but it has no place in the wardrobe of a well-dressed gentleman. 10 Don't wear the same watch every day. Even if you only own one nice watch, you shouldn’t wear it every day for several reasons. First, if the watch is a piece that you love, giving the watch a break will make it last longer. Second, one watch is rarely suited to the variety of outfits that a man will wear in a given week. The office, the gym, sporting events, dinners out, and parties all require different clothes and hence different watches. If you wear the same watch daily, chances are that 20-30% of the time it is the wrong watch to be wearing. Regardless of your budget, if you love wearing a watch, try building up a small collection of reputable watches that suit all the various needs you have during the week, and give you favorite piece the occasional break. 11 Match your metals and colors. Note the color of your belt buckles, shoe buckles, rings, collar bars or pins, and cufflinks and choose a watch in a matching metal.

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