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What Your Watch Says About You!

What Your Watch Says About You!


If you put the Rolex on a pedestal and showboat, you’ll come across just like most people who wear a Rolex - like a used car salesman.

Like it or not, more than those fancy Italian shoes on your feet or that big German coupe in your garage, your wristwatch says the most about who you are as man. Shoes are temporal, the value of a car drops as soon as you drive it from the showroom, but a good watch is eternal. It is the only item that a man keeps with him always, and an instant identifier of a man’s station in life.

Here we’ll run through some of the world’s most famous watch brands and, genera­lisa­tions aside, tell you what image you’re projecting by strapping one of these timepieces on your wrist. You may not like what we have to say in all cases, but you’re better off knowing the truth.

Timex: Timex is an all-American brand, founded in Waterbury, Connecticut, in the 19th century. While most of its movements are now made in Asia, the company was really a leader in American horology and, as such, still garners a lot of respect. Allegiances with the likes of US fashion label J.Crew and a dose of military-inspired designs have helped make it hip again, and its Originals Collection is getting a lot of love right now. Timex is a cool brand for someone looking for a bit of history.

Casio: There are two sides to Casio: If you are wearing one of its Pathfinders it means you are an active man who loves spending time outdoors, and you just want a watch that gets the job done. But, if you wear that same pathfinder with a shirt and tie, you’re just a man who doesn’t know how to dress.

Then there is the entire Casio G-Shock line. The G-Shock is about as good as it gets when it comes to digital timepieces -- devised in the early ‘80s by being dropped out of a bathroom window at Casio HQ -- it really is the original rugged timepiece. But, they have evolved into a cultural phenomena, with celebrities and rappers wearing the biggest and brightest G-Shocks they can get their hands on. So, depending on who you are, the G-Shock is either a purist’s take on a “go anywhere” timepiece, or it’s just a piece of fashion. Wear a Casio for the right reasons. And by no means should one be paired with a suit, under any circum­stances.

Rolex: Wearing a Rolex watch can go one of two ways, and it’s all about how you present your timepiece. A Rolex can be an understated, timeless and incredibly masculine accessory -- if you don’t go around throwing it in everyone’s face. Those that wear a Rolex -- and want people to know it -- will be seen as such, and that’s worse than pairing a Casio with an Armani suit. Wear a Rolex proudly, do a little research into why the brand has become the most powerful in the world, and think of it as merely an extension of your own self. If you put the Rolex on a pedestal and showboat, you’ll come across just like most people who wear a Rolex -- like a used car salesman.

"so be careful what watch you choose" says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire

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