Get Promoted: Top 3 Dress Watches, from Rolex to Orient CEX0R001B

September 8th, 2010 | No Comments

Every man needs the perfect power suit —an ensemble that emanates sophistication, style, and refinement. What’s equally important to owning the perfect suit is making sure the accessories are stylish too. Everything, from your shoes to your tie to your cuff links, makes a statement.

You can bet that when you’re at an important business meeting or event, everyone will be listening to those statements.

When you shake a potential client’s hand or raise your arm for dramatic effect while giving an important speech, one crucial accessory is sure to catch everyone’s attention: your watch.

You want your watch to impress prominent people. More importantly, you want your watch to make you look impressive.

Read on for my top 3 picks for the best dress watches to find out which one is best for you.

#1. The Rolex Day-Date II

It’s a Rolex. Need I say more? No, but I’m going to anyway.

The Day-Date II, as its name suggests, displays the day and date in its entirety (the original Day-Date collection was the first watch to do so in 1956). This watch is a status symbol, worn by celebrities such as Placido Domingo and Brad Pitt.

Here are some of its unique features:

It’s big. While the original Day-Date collection was 36 mm, Rolex upped the size of the new collection to 41 mm. It’s a watch you wear when you want to get noticed.

The President Bracelet
If the face of the watch isn’t enough to convince you to buy it, the bracelet is. The “President” bracelet is a specially designed bracelet for the Day-Date collection, made with only the finest raw materials. Characteristics of most President bracelets include a concealed clasp and diamond-encrusted center links.

Parachrom Hairspring
A watch’s rotary oscillating system, which is comprised of the balance and hairspring, needs to operate at a precise and regular pace in order to ensure the watch’s accuracy. With most watches, the hairspring is vulnerable to magnetic fields and shocks.

But the Day-Date II isn’t most watches. Its revolutionary hairspring is made from paramagnetic alloy, so it isn’t phased by magnetic fields, and it’s much less likely to be damaged by shocks. Plus its unique royal blue color is pretty cool, too.

For the elite who sport this model, its $20,000 price tag solidifies it as a status symbol. For the rest of us, it’s just way too expensive.

#2. The Orient CEX0R001B

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This dress watch isn’t adorned in diamonds and doesn’t display brilliant colors. It’s not flashy by any means. Instead, the CEX0R001B offers a respected quality in the workplace—; that of understated elegance.

Here are its major perks:

It only looks expensive. At just S$235, it won’t hurt your wallet, and it disproves the notion that a higher quality of craftsmanship means a higher price. With Orient, you get a lot without paying a lot. This model’s durable stainless steel band and classic black face give it a professional, polished look.

If you’re really a bargain shopper, the Orient Sky CET05001W has a similar look and features, but an even lower price tag of $185.

This model comes in 4 different colors. My favorites are the deep blue CEX0R001D and the classic white CEX0R001W models. Since they’re so affordable, you can buy one to go with every outfit.

Power Reserve Indicator
A unique feature to Orient watches, the power reserve indicator is located conveniently on the face of the watch. A quick glance will tell you how much power the watch has left (this one can last up to approximately 40 hours).

Customers have expressed a few minor quibbles with this model, the biggest one being the lume. It only lasts about 2 hours, so if you need to be able to tell the time in the dark, this could be a problem.

Also, you’ll need a pen or a toothpick to press the button that changes the date because it’s too small to do with your finger.

#3 Citizen Eco-Drive BM0334-56P

From its colors to its features, this watch is unique. It’s durable, environmentally friendly, and extremely stylish. It’s almost as sophisticated as you are. At $250, it’s also affordable.

Here are a few key features:

You have enough to worry about, so getting your watch wet or scratched shouldn’t be one of them. This model is made of durable stainless steel.

Another thing you seldom have to worry about is charging it. At full charge, the maximum power reserve is 180 days, and it will warn you when you have 4 days left of charge.

It’s Green
Actually, it’s a unique two-tone of silver and gold. But it’s environmentally friendly. The special Eco-Drive technology converts any kind of light into usable energy. So if you wear it regularly, it will charge automatically.

The two-tone color, in addition to looking trendy, gives the watch more versatility. When you dress up, it’s important that all of the metal accessories (rings, cuff links, etc.) match in color. This watch will go with silver and gold accessories, so there’s no need to own two.

Because of the Eco-Drive technology, owners of this model need to be a little more careful. For example, it shouldn’t be exposed to extreme temperatures or chemicals and gases such as cleaners, paint, and spray adhesives.

No matter what your budget or personal style, there is a dress watch for you. All three are great models from reputable, quality brands. Once you impress your boss and score your new promotion, you can even splurge and buy all three.

What’s your favorite dress watch? Comment below.

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