I’ve given it some thought last week and there are a lot of dress watches out there. Though it seems that it’s not getting as much attention as they should.
About two years ago I got into (mechanical) watches. The watches that were in my price range back then were basically 90% vintage dress watches like the 60’s / 70’s Omega Seamasters and all different sorts of swiss made brands. Now, I wasn’t looking for a dress watch at the time but they already stood out to me. Fortunately I’ve grown a little collection and knowledge about the current watch market the past two years. It occured to me this week that there is not a lot of talk and interest in dress watches, vintage or modern. Which immediately brings the question to my mind, why not?
Maybe I’m missing something here but basically everyone is looking for either a chronograph or dive watch of some sort. Although most people are working some kind of office job, a dive watch or chronograph doesn’t really make sense whereas a dress watch would fit right in.
Where the last years we have made a small shift of formal clothing to more casual appearances, I am noticing around me people are changing to more formal attire again. It would only make sense that dress watches would also ride along on this trend. It is a great way of showing that someone carefully decides about their warderobe. A lot of you will probably relate to this but I always think a watch tells a lot about someone‘s personality. So the watch is one of the first things I look for when meeting someone new.
Also for people that are getting into mechanical watches it is a great starting point. They often last a lifetime and are pretty affordable compared to some ’sports’ variants with a lot of the same features. I currently own an IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar and find myself grabbing it more and more often. I took my dive watch on holiday but from day to day wear I really don’t need al those specifications like 300m water resistance, shock protection or a rotating bezel. Yes I know my IWC is a different kind of price point as something like a 1965 Omega Seamaster but those designs are really enjoyable as well.
Personally I hope dress watches will make a comeback coming years, there are a lot of great offerings out there. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my little rant about dress watches, if you own a dress watch I’d like to see it below! For now, have a great night (at least in and around my timezone ;p).