Watches have transcended their function of just being an instrument to tell time. They carry a strong sense of image in a professional career, they tell a story of your financial prowess, and they are great conversation topics to break the ice with potential clients. To keep you from deteriorating your image it is pivotal you know which watch to get. I can’t count how many times I’ve made a sale because of the watch I was wearing. It is a great conversation piece, and it gives the people you meet a sense of your sophistication and maturity. The following are the five watches that will make a statement and help you to garner the respect you deserve from others:
1. Rolex GMT Master II Ref: 116710 BLNR (The Watch All Collectors Want)
When it comes to a wrist watch, I find that the best conversation starters are watches that have either an interesting detail or a rarity that only true connoisseurs would appreciate. This watch has both! The black and blue split bezel truly gives this Rolex a strong sense of uniqueness that can be spotted a mile away. It is also easily recognized as a Rolex which can help even those who don’t know watches see that you mean business. Good luck finding one for a great price because demand for this watch is extremely high, but if you do find one you will not be disappointed with the level of satisfaction you will get from wearing it!
2. OMEGA Speedmaster Professional (The Moon Watch)
This watch was the first watch worn on the moon… is there anything else you need to know? The iconic Speedmaster Professional has garnered the respect of many for having a very strong design presence with a great history as being the first watch worn by astronauts on July 21, 1969. If that isn’t a cool fact that will start a conversation with someone, you need to find different company. There are so many iterations of this watch that you need to do a little research to find which one works for you. It also isn’t the most expensive watch on this list, but none can deny the amount of impact this watch has had on the world of horology.
3. Rolex Day-Date 40 in 18K Rose Gold (Not Your Grandfather’s Watch)
I could spot someone wearing this watch 100 yards away! In fact while on my recent vacation, I saw the rose gold glint of this watch from across the pool deck. What better way to dazzle and garner someone’s attention than with a bright rose gold Rolex. It does carry a little bit of weight as compared to the other watches on this list due to the 18K of gold that are present in this watch. I do still believe this is a great modern watch to wear for those that aren’t afraid of a little bit of gold. This definitely isn’t your grandfathers watch, but it could be your future grandsons!
4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold On A Strap (Because the “Brick” is Too Heavy)
I am a huge fan of the “brick” (the Royal Oak on it’s rose gold bracelet), but I am not a fan of wearing the “brick.” Although it commands attention, the wear and tear on the wrist and forearm are tremendous. If you ever get the chance, go into a dealer and put this watch on. You’ll instantly understand why it is nicknamed the “brick.” I’m a big advocate for being comfortable, so the Royal Oak in rose gold on a strap is much more manageable. This Audemars Piguet still garners attention from colleagues and associates, but it is comfortable enough to wear on a daily basis.
5. Jacob and Co. Astronomia Tourbillon (Destroy the Competition)
Nothing quite commands attention than a 50mm watch of the universe that spins on a three axis tourbillon around the entire watch as it oscillates (I didn’t even get to the diamonds). I’m not a fan of big watches, but seeing this instantly sets an individual high above the rest of the pack. This is not the watch for the faint of heart as a look at the price could make an individual faint, but it is a complicated watch that is extremely revolutionary in design and presentation. If you don’t believe me, head over to YouTube and search up this watch. It truly is a fantastic art piece that is mesmerizing to watch. If you want respect, this watch will give it to you!
Watches mean much more to the average gentleman than a way to tell time. Most can just look at their smart phone and find a much more accurate time than any of these pieces above. If you want to be respected though, you deserve one of these tremendous time pieces to show the world that you are a classy gentleman with a good sense of taste!