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Men’s Watches 101


Gentlemen: we are witnessing history. Right before our eyes, the watch is transforming itself from an accessory with an important purpose (to show time) to one that’s 90% for decoration purposes. Not every day a classic accessory is subject to such an outstanding transformation.

So where does that leave us in our quest for our own style? Are watches still worth wearing?
See the best watches available for men in 2020 here.


Types of Watches for the Modern Man

Let’s start off with the main types of watches that you can safely wear without looking (or feeling) ridiculous these days:

  • classic
  • modern
  • sport
  • and colored watches (I’ll tell you about them in a moment)

So which watch is right for you? And which watches work on what occasions and with what outfits?

Let’s start off with the classic watch.

Classic (or analog) watches display the

If you wear a classic watch it doesn’t mean that the entire outfit has to be classic. Sure, the only watch to wear with a suit is a classic watch. But you can pair this amazing accessory with just about any preppy outfit.

Wear a classic watch to the office with your khakis and dress shirts for a business-casual look.

Wear your classic watch in the clubs or out on a date with jeans, chinos, any type of shoe and other accessories such as ties, fedoras and bracelets.

Don’t forget to match the strap with the bracelet. Leather with leather and metal with metal.

Digital Watches

If you’re looking to wear your watch mostly in casual encounters, a carefully chose digital watch will show everyone that you’re a modern and sophisticated man.

Digital watches, as opposed to analog watches, show the time using Arab digits instead of roman cardinals.

Here are the facts: the vast majority of watches are analog. I’m not saying digital watches are bad, heck, if anything you’ll stand out from the crowd. It’s just that I personally wouldn’t wear one.

If, however, you’re really passionate about technology and you absolutely love the futuristic look of digital watches then, by all mean,s get one.

Otherwise, a nice analog watch will work well with most outfits.


Sport Watches

Sport watches aren’t necessarily digital. A lot of them are, in fact, analog. The thing that sets them apart is the extra functions they posses, such as a chronometer or a thermometer. Some of them even have a compass or even a barometer. Naturally, all of them are water resistant.

You can wear them with some preppy outfits but keep them at home if you have a meeting that requires a more formal attire. The most important thing (as with every other watch) is to make it fit with your outfit.

Of course, if you’re super-serious about your style, you’ll only wear your sports watch during sporting activities. But if you can’t afford 2 watches for the moment and if you really need one that measures your heart beat or one that has a chronometer… then go ahead and buy one. You can wear it outside the gym as long as the rest of the outfit is awesome.


Colored watches

Colored watches are what you might a “hot trend” right now. If you’re looking for something that you’ll want to wear 10 years from now, they shouldn’t be your first option.

But if you’re looking to add some color into your outfits, then a colored watch is the perfect way to stand out. Trust me.

The Strap

As I said before, the strap should work with the rest of the outfit. Match it as you would a bracelet or a belt.

If you can, go for a watch with a detachable strap. Get at least a couple of straps (maybe one in black and one in brown) and change them depending on the outfit. This way you won’t have to buy 2 watches to accommodate brown-based outfits and black-based outfits.


The wonderful photos are from www.watchesonnet.com – thanks guys! I highly recommend that you check their website, they have an amazing collection of watches of all types (almost 3,000 of them just for men).

George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based in the UK, George enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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