Four Men’s Watches With Class
Class is an interesting word when it comes to watches. As a personal accessory for men, a watch is a chance to express individual style. But, when it comes to class, there are elements of refinement, taste, and pedigree that must perfectly combine into a timepiece. While a storied watchmaker can certainly add to the pedigree of a watch, how the wearer sports his timepiece is a key element of class.
|President Eisenhower’s Rolex Datejust|
Some watches are like an end zone dance in American football. According to old school icons like Bear Bryant, when players score, they should act like they’ve been in the end zone before. The end zone dance is just an unsportsmanlike way to rub victory into the faces of the vanquished. So, while a high end pedigreed watch can make a statement, the demeanor of the wearer changes whether that watch is a score or an end zone dance. To be classy, a watch should make a subtle, tasteful, statement rather than a gaudy display.
Here are four of the classiest watches in my personal collection:
1. Tissot Carson Powermatic 80. This watch has the pedigree of a powerful name brand, a traditional automatic movement, and the Swiss Made label. Yet, it is not so expensive that it lurks outside the realm of imagination. It’s also not in the least bit gaudy. It’s an understated, conservative, watch that looks great with a suit.
2. Bulova Dress Watch. My quartz Bulova Dress Watch sports the iconic tuning fork logo and subtly evokes the tech sector with a graph-like grid in the background. It’s simple and tasteful. While my Bulova is hardly a high dollar timepiece, the brand has historic appeal and luxury connotations for most middle class Americans.
3. Pulsar Dress Watch. My first Pulsar dress watch is all business. It is simple, elegant, competent, and non-intrusive. It says that it’s told time before and that it’s good at the business of telling time. This watch was minimalist before minimalism was cool.
4. Seiko University of Florida Dress Watch. Long, long ago, I graduated from the University of Florida and received this Seiko as a graduation gift. It features the University’s Century Tower and University Auditorium. By today’s standards, it has a rather small dial. The bezel and bracelet appear to be inspired by the Rolex Perpetual Datejust. Overall, it’s a nice look and lets people know that I am at least somewhat educated.