Keeping track of time remains important in today’s world. As clocks become omnipresent on smart phones and other devices, you may wonder if wearing a watch makes sense. There are several good reasons to keep wearing a watch in the professional world. Keep these tips in mind when you go looking for a watch next time.
While a watch is helpful, it is ultimately an accent or accessory to your style. If you have a limited budget, there is no need to go into credit card debt to purchase a Rolex.
Nonetheless, there are definite advantages gained when wearing a watch. Here are seven reasons why people who wear watches are generally more successful:
1. They Have Elegant Style
In most companies and in most situations, there are benefits to having elegant style. Putting on a dress watch is a perfect accessory to finish off a suit and tie. Wearing a watch with a metal band or a high quality leather band is often a good choice.
Tip: A good rule of thumb is to wear watches with a metal body with suits and dress clothes. Leave the plastic and rubber watches at home — those watches are best for exercise, swimming and other activities.
2. They Know How to Impress in Job Interviews
During a job interview, it is important to leave a good impression. Mark Horstman, cofounder of Manager Tools, recommends wearing a watch to interviews. He makes this recommendation because managing time in an interview is important. Checking your watch in that setting is a subtle gesture. If you check the time by pulling out your phone, the interviewer may think you are checking your email. That’s a fast way to create a poor impression.
3. They Know How to Fit in on Wall Street
In certain industries, wearing a good watch is an important way to show you are part of the crowd. For example, some who work on Wall Street are fond of buying vintage Rolex watches at auctions. Patek Philippe is another popular watch choice for investment bankers.
Like it or not, a watch is widely seen as a status symbol on Wall Street — your watch choices will say a lot about you.
4. They Appreciate Good Quality
Successful people know the importance of buying and using high quality products. That’s why many successful people will pay $100, $500 or over $1000 for a watch. It is worth spending on a quality watch, especially one with a classic style that will never go out of fashion.
James Bond wore Rolex watches in the 1960s and those watches continue to be in demand, even at auctions.
5. They Know Watches Matter in Europe
In certain countries, wearing a watch shows that you are a serious professional according to this Forbes article. If you go to work for a large European company or organization, you may need to start wearing a high end watch. If you’re unsure about your watch choices, look around to see what watches, if any, managers and top performers are wearing. Based on those observations, you will know the right approach on the right watch to wear.
6. They Wear the Right Watch for the Right Occasion
You may have multiple watches for different purposes. Marathon runners, swimmers and other athletes often wear water proof watches that can take punishment and continue to function. If you are going to attend an evening event with other professionals, it makes sense to wear a dress watch.
7. They Know How to Adapt
There are some industries that do not care much about watches. In Silicon Valley and the California tech industry, it is common to wear a simple watch like the Timex or the Citizen. If you are in an organization full of engineers or technology types, you might find that wearing an Apple Watch is a better choice if you want to fit in.