Okay, please don't shoot the messenger. I did not create the video, I'm simply reacting to it. At the 4:12 mark on the video in which our Youtuber describes the things men shouldn't wear if they are over 30, she talks about Gshocks and how they can be off-putting. The watch doesn't make the wearer younger, rather it does the opposite, aging the wearer. In fact, our Youtuber goes so far as to refer to watches as accessories (the audacity!!!!) and that, after a certain age, accessories need to be a bit more elegant, shouldn't be garish and loud.
Good advice if you are open to it.
Now, I'm no fashionista and I don't dress to impress (most of the time). But I'm also at an age when I would like to look more appropriately than I used to. This channel had been quite useful in that regard. I had stopped wearing trainers if I'm not running or at the gym and I had stopped wearing statement shirts or shirts with cartoon characters on them. If that makes me a fashion victim, so be it.
But that's not the interesting bit for those perusing WatchCrunch. Do you agree with the assertion that Gshocks (and other large, ostentatious watches) ages the wearer after age 30?
As much as this might crucify me, I don't disagree with the Youtuber that Gshocks have no place in a grown man's wardrobe. I've never been a Gshock fan, even when I was younger, and I'm certainly not a fan now that I'm almost 48 years old. I see nothing wrong with them, they're just not my style.
But dare I say it? It shouldn't be your style if you're older than a certain age either. And like the lady says, if you need the Gshock for work, by all means wear them. But if you're just out and about at the local mall, why are you wearing something like that?
The default reaction to something like this (at least here on WatchCrunch) would be: wear what you like, who cares? Yes, wear what you like, who cares. Except that there's nothing wrong if one does care. I had been a nerd all my life and dressed like a nerd all my life and only in my late 40s have I started caring about what I look like or how I'm presenting myself. And, you know what, I believe I'm a better version of myself because I started caring.
I know that I'm probably in the minority here in my preference for smaller watches (34mm to 36mm is my sweet spot). The less ostentatious, the better the watch wears as far as I'm concerned. I never really thought I was being fashion forward by wearing sub-40mm watches but, watching the video, it's good to confirm I'm doing something right.
The thing about smaller watches is the elegance and classiness they convey. They compliment rather than take over the whole ensemble, which is what a good accessory shouldn't do (and, yes, I agree with the Youtuber that watches are primarily accessories). I don't wear bracelets or necklaces, or any other accessory except for the watch--as such, I like to keep it as unobtrusive as possible.
Of course, I have been known to wear bigger watches and even own a monstrous 49mm Police Batman Vengeance watch which I occasionally wear when I feel like it. But I've been feeling like it less and less as time marches on.
What about you? Do you care if the watch you love ages you? If you do, why do you care? If you don't, why the heck not?