Are dive watches appropriate daily watches?

Had a great conversation with a colleague who noticed that I wear a dive watch as a daily and he wears a dress or non-bezeled watch on leather. He thought that dive watches aren’t very professional. There is a 30 year age gap between us so maybe it’s an age difference?

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Dude, looking at your profile picture, I'm guessing there is nearly a 30 year age gap between you and me, so it has nothing to do with age.  It has to do with your work colleague being an idiot.

Dive watches are ALWAYS APPROPRIATE.  If I were talking to your work colleague right at this very moment, here's what I would say to him...

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Sad thing is if it was a Sub or Seamaster do you think they would have said anything?  I rock my microbrand diver almost everyday, dressed up with an alligator strap for some occasions, nato for when I’m feeling rugged, bracelet for most occasions.

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I agree that wearing a diver daily seems fine I wear my Orient Kamasu daily on it’s brown leather strap and that feels fine. 

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My mouse jumped and I hit the wrong answer! I meant to click yes! 😭

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Sure they're appropriate. Unless you're in a tux, a diver might not be the ideal choice, unless your name is James Bond.

Divers are rugged and destined to take a beating if need be. 

I wore my BB58 Navy daily for 2 years until I got my Explorer 1. I still rotate the BB58, but the honeymoon is still strong with the Exp. 1

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Dive watches are fine for daily wear.  Are they dress watches?  No.  But how often is anyone really in a semi-formal or formal setting in today's society?   I wear a diver or a field watch daily.  When I attend a formal event, wedding or funeral, the dress watch comes out.

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Dive, flight and field watches are always appropriate for a daily use. Hell, even gold dressed pieces.

The only ones you should not wear daily are your JLC Gyrotourbillon and co.

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Of course they are a daily.  I never looked at watches associated with where I was or what I was doing.  I would wear a diver to a wedding with a suit or a dress watch on the beach (if I wanted to).  Of course I never went swimming with the dress watch, so most of the time I would wear a watch that I could swim with.  Other than that, I never looked at a watch as something that had to match with an outfit.  I do happen to pick a special watch when I go to an affair and I wear a suit once or twice a year, but when I was going to the office, I wore whatever I wanted and what made me happy.  Most people don't even notice your watch, so the hobby is for you and how it makes you feel.  I have even wore my many character watches to the office and I get really positive feedback on them.  Long live Snoopy!   

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I wear my dive watches to work all the time.  Your colleague is a watch snob.  Period.

With that said, I‘d recommend you stick with a black or blue dial diver. I wouldn’t wear a yellow dial Doxa on a yellow rubber strap.  Those are great for the beach.  Not so good for the office. 

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Does he have an opinion about tie knots (a half Windsor not being professional, that sort of thing)?

He should just be glad that you aren't wearing a Garmin.

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If you work in an environment where you are expected to project a very businesslike professional image, and are using the dive extension to wear it over your suit jacket,  I can possibly see his point, but otherwise I would think most dive watches would be appropriate.

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That is a first world problem.   Be glad that you have arms. 

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There are no rules. Anyone who tells you there are is simply projecting their preferences on the rest of us. A submariner with a suit, a Cartier Tank with jeans and a T-shirt, its all good. 

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I wear my dive watches to work all the time.  Your colleague is a watch snob.  Period.

With that said, I‘d recommend you stick with a black or blue dial diver. I wouldn’t wear a yellow dial Doxa on a yellow rubber strap.  Those are great for the beach.  Not so good for the office. 

I wear an orange Orient Mako to the office quite often.

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I find myself on holiday wearing my Kamasu in the pool,in the sea and in the evening at the restaurant. I also bought a casio twin sensor and a Duro on a Barton strap bur the Kamasu covers all the bases. When I go back to work it will most often be the Kamasu again. It can pull off smart and professional every time!

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Dive watches are tool watches - ready for any occasion. Dressed up or down with a choice of strap, they are so versatile. 

There‘a no right or wrong here. If you want to wear a GShock to the boardroom, good for you, or a Diver to a wedding. Your wrist, your choice…