What does your watch "say" about you?

I hope you'll forgive the lengthy post,...

...but I found this article on watch spotting and passive/non-verbal communication, and found this section particularly interesting: 

"The watch itself could be super interesting in its own right, but it’s the person wearing it which really becomes a topic of conversation: questions such as “why did such and such wear this particular timepiece?“; “what about this timepiece compliments the wearer’s personality, or vice versa?“; “is this for a promo, or did this person actually put a lot of thought into choosing which timepiece to wear?“; and most importantly, the one which continues the journey – “if this person is wearing this, I wonder what else they have in their collection?

So...I got to thinking about what I think my watch says about me, versus what others think it says about me. 

I haven't taken my Omega AT 36mm quartz off my wrist since I got it, and my fiancé purchased it for me based on my strong recommendation. I'm an eco-conscious dude. I work hard to minimize decision fatigue (to minimize anxiety), and I struggle with punctuality (because of anxiety). I love the watch and what it allows me to do with it--do literally anything and go anywhere, and never check my phone even for setting it. I've grown so used to its size and ubiquity that I've woken up with it and gone through my whole morning without checking my phone (I even left for work without my phone yesterday). To me, my watch says I'm efficient, but also have a flare for the timeless and measured excess--it's quartz, but it's still an Omega that exudes clean and classic whether paired with a suit or jeans and a tshirt. It says exactly what I want it to say about me; that I'm up for anything, and will bring an element of style and simplicity to it. (And that I'll try to be there on-time). 

What does my watch say, to those looking at me or passing me on the street, about who I am? 

What does your watch "say" about you? What do you WANT it to say about you? 

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Great post, this topic is something I have become more aware of over the years, but beyond just watches. Everything we wear sends a message about how we want to be viewed by others. I'm a jeans/cargo pants, flannel shirt, and hiking boots guy in the winter. In the summer it switches to t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops, so my watches tend to be very casual tool watches.  

I wear tool watches, because I like the looks, and I like the practicality of a watch that I can wear for anything I'll do any day. I don't always go camping, do physical work, or go paddling, but all of my watches are suited to any of the tasks. 

I suspect my watches say about what I want them to, "I'm casual, and enjoy outdoor activities". That said, I work mostly in an office, and don't get outdoors as much as I'd like, so my watches and clothes are aspirational much of the time 🤣

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I'll just leave this here.

https://www.reddit.com/r/WatchesCirclejerk/comments/bksnxc/what_your_watch_brand_says_about_you/

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I don't expect my watch to say much other than the correct time. I just wear what I like or find interesting. But I do try not to draw much attention to myself in general, and assume no one notices or cares what I may be wearing or doing. If anything, I guess I would want my watch to say I'm not a flashy person. But my Ninja Turtle t-shirt is probably doing that already.

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santiago

I'll just leave this here.

https://www.reddit.com/r/WatchesCirclejerk/comments/bksnxc/what_your_watch_brand_says_about_you/

I think we come to WatchCrunch to avoid the...discourse? of reddit...but as Tissot was my first watch, I'll happily take their predictions that "you appreciate either classic or ridiculously bold design. After a long career, you will one day own a Rolex!"

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gbelleh

I don't expect my watch to say much other than the correct time. I just wear what I like or find interesting. But I do try not to draw much attention to myself in general, and assume no one notices or cares what I may be wearing or doing. If anything, I guess I would want my watch to say I'm not a flashy person. But my Ninja Turtle t-shirt is probably doing that already.

Fair enough! But I think the Omegas you mentioned considering might bring some interest and flash! 

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KristianG

Great post, this topic is something I have become more aware of over the years, but beyond just watches. Everything we wear sends a message about how we want to be viewed by others. I'm a jeans/cargo pants, flannel shirt, and hiking boots guy in the winter. In the summer it switches to t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops, so my watches tend to be very casual tool watches.  

I wear tool watches, because I like the looks, and I like the practicality of a watch that I can wear for anything I'll do any day. I don't always go camping, do physical work, or go paddling, but all of my watches are suited to any of the tasks. 

I suspect my watches say about what I want them to, "I'm casual, and enjoy outdoor activities". That said, I work mostly in an office, and don't get outdoors as much as I'd like, so my watches and clothes are aspirational much of the time 🤣

Gotcha. Yeah...I think (at least in my line of work), desk divers are something many senior staff members wear. You sound like an (aspirational) weekend warrior...probably an SPB143 owner?

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KyleC93

Fair enough! But I think the Omegas you mentioned considering might bring some interest and flash! 

Yeah, my next big watch purchase will likely be a Grand Seiko that I’ll never wear in public. 

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Another interesting one in my opinion: What does the color of your watch say about you?

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“That guy really doesn’t enjoy someone liking group text messages buzzing his wrist.” 😂

Seriously, though, I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who goes Walter Mitty when wearing a watch? I don’t care what it says about me as much as how I feel wearing it.

Rolex Explorer: I feel like Ian Fleming’s literary James Bond. Functional, practical class.

Tokyo Omega SMP: Somewhere between Jimmy Buffett and modern James Bond, on vacation in Jamaica. Weird combo, but true.

Omega Moonwatch (one day): I’ll feel like Neil Armstrong. Except I’ll actually be wearing mine instead of leaving it on the counter to fill in for a malfunctioning Bulova. 

Oris BCPD: I feel slightly preppier than Ralph Lauren.

G-Shock: I feel sweaty. No, really. I only wear it working out. 

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KyleC93

Gotcha. Yeah...I think (at least in my line of work), desk divers are something many senior staff members wear. You sound like an (aspirational) weekend warrior...probably an SPB143 owner?

I will have a SPB143 some day I expect, it's one of the few Seiko watches I like the look of. I'm a big fan of CW so have two C60s, a C65 and a C63, though often I also wear a Damasko DS30, or a Marathon Navigator. 

The CWs and Damasko are on Erika's MN straps too... So not even slightly "blingy". 

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It says that I need to get out more.

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santiago

I'll just leave this here.

https://www.reddit.com/r/WatchesCirclejerk/comments/bksnxc/what_your_watch_brand_says_about_you/

OMG, this is gold.  Absolute comedy gold!  Whoever wrote this deserves a Nobel Prize.

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People usually see the fountain pen first.  By the time they notice any watch they already know that I am a walking, talking anachronism.

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KyleC93

I think we come to WatchCrunch to avoid the...discourse? of reddit...but as Tissot was my first watch, I'll happily take their predictions that "you appreciate either classic or ridiculously bold design. After a long career, you will one day own a Rolex!"

Here's to getting that Rolex 🍻

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This is a difficult topic as the vast majority do not care about watches. My colleagues have no clue what I am wearing so my cheap Wolbrook and my more expensive Zenith Chronomaster is essentially one and the same. I am not labeled whatever because of my watch. Among watch enthusiasts, I feel my collection has enough variety that I won't be labeled this or that.