Unused Dress Watches: Convert or Sell?

I’m transitioning to a full “work from home” scenario, which has put me in a new phase of “do I need this?” that I fall into at least once a year. Now that I won’t be “suiting up” to go into work, I’m trying to decide if I want to try and convert my dress watches to something I can wear daily, or if I should just get rid of them completely. 
 

One watch I am really struggling with is the above pictured Oris Artix Skeleton. I currently have it on leather, and its been my go-to dress watch for black suits. I think it’s one of the best skeleton dials ever created and I love how it feels on the wrist. 
 

As much as I love it, it’s not going to be a daily wear on the leather. I am thinking about finding the original bracelet (pictured left) and making it more of a sports watch, but should I just part ways and go after something else?

Has anyone else faced this decision? Did you keep your dress watch or did you part ways?

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I am sorry that you will be working from home all the time, that would drive me mad. I am not a great lover of skeleton dials, so my answer would be, SELL IT

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I've always been self employed, worked from home since forever and let me tell ya, you're going to want to dress up sometimes, only wearing sweatpants all the time can drive a person mad. I think croc is dressier and yeah, would recommend the bracelet, or a honey / brown leather strap with contrasting stitching. 

And if you still want to sell it after changing straps or getting the bracelet then that's okay, just give it some chance to change your mind.

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VictorAdameArt

I've always been self employed, worked from home since forever and let me tell ya, you're going to want to dress up sometimes, only wearing sweatpants all the time can drive a person mad. I think croc is dressier and yeah, would recommend the bracelet, or a honey / brown leather strap with contrasting stitching. 

And if you still want to sell it after changing straps or getting the bracelet then that's okay, just give it some chance to change your mind.

That’s really good advice. I hadn’t thought about putting it on a brown leather strap. But you’re right in that making a small investment in a new strap/bracelet to try out a new look might sway me to my decision. 

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I changed out the black croc strap to this brown suede strap and it tones it down to a casual look.

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Try a different strap color or bracelet.  If you don't care for the look then let her go.

Cheers!

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I'm having a custom ostrich leg strap in a nicotine color made for the Orient Open Heart in the prior reply.

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You could try rubber; I think the bracelet conversion is the way to go.

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Never sell!

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SurferJohn

You could try rubber; I think the bracelet conversion is the way to go.

Rubber might be a bridge too far. I’ve taken a sport watch and put it on a rubber to make it more utilitarian, but a dress watch, that would be a sea change. 
 

I was initially thinking bracelet, but the tanned leather idea is intriguing. I haven’t see many of these watches in the wild so I don’t think I’ll be able to find an example, but I am interested enough to give it a shot. 

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You never know.

So sure, dig out that bracelet, or try a perlon strap, or a NATO.

But I have worn a suit maybe 5 times in ten years, and I still have the suit, and the cuff links etc. (Though I usually wear a divers with it, since I didn’t have a dress watch until recently.) 

Because you never know.

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That's a great looking watch! Never seen this model before, but it looks awesome with either the black leather or the bracelet. I would try to find a way to keep it 

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JTinLA12

That's a great looking watch! Never seen this model before, but it looks awesome with either the black leather or the bracelet. I would try to find a way to keep it 

Last time I was able to speak with an Oris sales rep they said there are currently no plans to bring back the Artix line, which was extremely disappointing to hear. It was really their sports watch range (prior to their efforts to morph the Pro Pilot into a sports watch) and I wish they would bring something similar back. 

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The question is, do you need the money? Why not just keep them? But that is just me. The more the merrier, even if they no longer fit or have dead batteries! 😂😂😂

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StevieC54

The question is, do you need the money? Why not just keep them? But that is just me. The more the merrier, even if they no longer fit or have dead batteries! 😂😂😂

No, it’s not a money issue. Like most, I have moved on from some timepieces and they sit in my watch box unworn. Some get sold to fund new watches. Some just get replaced. In the end, I would rather it go to a new home rather than sit unused. 

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BlueDial

No, it’s not a money issue. Like most, I have moved on from some timepieces and they sit in my watch box unworn. Some get sold to fund new watches. Some just get replaced. In the end, I would rather it go to a new home rather than sit unused. 

I wish I could get to a mental state like you. For whatever reason, no mater the subject, once I buy something I have a tough time parting with it. Even if it isn’t used. Just me I suppose. Too much collector attitude. 😁