Watches. Have they lost their Tradition? Do You (or your BF) Wear One?

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    Jul 10, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    I've always thought that a watch was the staple accessory for guys....

    Something that defined ones personality and simply looked classic with a suit/tie or out at a baseball game on a Saturday with buddies....

    So I was curious....

    1.) Do you guys notice them on other guys? It's one of the first things I look for.

    2.) Do you guys wear a watch everyday?

    3.) Would you buy one as a gift for your boyfriend and would he appreciate it and wear it knowing you bought it for him as a gift?

    Seems in the age of cell phones and mobile devices, they aren't as common.

    Let's discuss!
  • Timbales

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    Jul 10, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    I usually wear a watch, it's easier than digging around in my pocket and opening my cell phone.
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    Jul 10, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    I feel naked without a watch. I have several depending on what I am doing/where I'm going. I think watches are personal and would rather pick one out myself than receive one as a gift--unless the gifter knew exactly what I wanted.
  • hartfan

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    Jul 10, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    I have been wearing a black G-shock watch for about 12 years now. It was a birthday gift and till now it's still serving me very well. I feel uncomfortable if I don't wear it when I'm out of the house. I don't think I'll ever really get used to being without it if somehow I make the transition to say, using my cell phone as a watch.

    Sometimes I will notice if a guy wears a nice silver watch. Something about that color just catches my eye.

    I would definitely consider getting a boyfriend a watch, albeit not one that's too expensive. For me, a watch still represents the concept of something constant, long lasting, unwavering.
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    Jul 10, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    I need a wristwatch to tell time. Time is important to me.

    Pulling a cell phone out of my pocket to check the time is just clumsy & dumb, when a simpler answer is right there, at a flick of my wrist. Maybe we should go back 150 years to big pocket watches on gold chains? And yes, I'm sorry, my modern life requires I consult the time a great deal, even for an old fart like me.

    I also consider a wristwatch to be a fashion accessory, and I have many of them. I have ones that coordinate when I'm wearing black shoes and belt, I have ones for when I am accessorized in brown.

    I have watches for evening dress occasions, and also for black-tie formal that match my cuff links and shirt studs, whether in gold or silver/platinum, super-thin that slide under a starched French cuff. And BTW, I have matching eyeglass frames for all of these, unless I'm wearing my contacts. My private pics show this.

    Gentlemen, I would argue for a return to civility. I can bum around in Fort Lauderdale in rags, I can go out camping in the woods like Jungle Jim, but when it comes time to behave with a semblance of style, I hope I can do that, too. We are gentlemen, not gorillas, yes?
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    Jul 10, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
    I used to wear one all the time but since my last one break probably about 2 years ago I haven't wore one since I have my cell phone.

    I did buy my bf a beautiful Bulova Watch for our anniversary and he wears it when we go out, but he doesnt wear one all the time either...

    I do think a nice watch looks masculine on a guy but I don't wear one right now. I thought about getting another one but with the type of work I do, I wouldn't wear it to work anyway, so I don't think I'll be buying one anytime soon.
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    Jul 10, 2010 4:40 PM GMT


    Yes I wear a wristwatch. Used to have (still have, don't wear) my Grandfathers Railroad Conductors watch....{pocket/vest watch, for you young'uns!}
    Still keeps excellent time!
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    And since the OP brought this subject up....

    Digital?
    or

    Analog?

    And--if analog-- where are the hands when it is quarter to the hour?
    {you'd be surprised how many under-30 have to think about this before answering....}



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    Jul 10, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Nope. I have my cell phone for time keeping now.
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    Jul 10, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    redbull saidI did buy my bf a beautiful Bulova Watch for our anniversary and he wears it when we go out, but he doesnt wear one all the time either...

    How very loving that you did that! I bought a solid 18k gold Bulova Accutron watch for myself in 1967. That was the "tuning fork" watch that was hi-tech back then, one of the first electric battery watches, before quartz crystal.

    That same year I had a bad motorcycle accident. And when I finally got home that night from the hospital, I glanced at my wrist and saw the pale shadow of where the watchband had been, the rest of my arm cut and darkened with road grim.

    So I took one of our cars (my motorcycle a wreck) and drove back to the accident site, and sure enough, there was my Bulova lying in the shoulder near the crash. The alligator band was torn off, the watch apparently run over by cars.

    So I sent it to Bulova in Long Island, New York, and they repaired it. Replaced the dented solid gold back cover, the crystal, the face, the hands, the alligator band, and 18k buckle. Plus they polished and buffed all the scratches out of the case.

    And you know what they charged me? $20! Even in 1967 that was unbelievable, and I had to think it was either a mistake, or else a good-will gesture. BTW, I lost that watch around 1977, I never did understand what happened to it, a $600 watch back in 1967 that I wore through all of Army Basic Training and for years afterwards, alternately with other watches, including the first digital when they came out. I wish I had that Bulova today, not for its value, but for its memories, which are worth much more to me.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    I have a lot of watches! I don't use 'em for their real function though, they just complete my outfits.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    i have never worn a watch, and i really don't notice them on other guys. if my boyfriend wore one tho i think it would be a great gift.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    My other half gave me two of them so I always wear a watch. I didn't when I was younger, but now like many others,my watches are like shoes; I feel naked without them, and wind up collecting them. I don't think I've ever checked my cell phone for the time.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    Monir saidI have a lot of watches! I don't use 'em for their real function though, they just complete my outfits.

    Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! You are magnificent when you are most quietly & subtly matched. And only a gay man can understand this, or else the most refined & cultured of straights.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    I have about six watches... and the ONLY time I wear one is if I'm going out some place and dressing up.
    For too many years, knowing what time it was seemed like the most critical thing in my day... don't miss THAT one bit!
    When I was much younger, it was a piece of jewelry..and usually fairly expensive. Those are the ones I DON'T wear now. Someone gave me a Tommy Hilfiger self winding watch that has a HUGE face... it works. Period.
    That's the one I wear now... IF I feel like it...
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    I go crazy if I don´t have my watch on. Cellphone simply isn´t an good equivalent for checking the time. And they´re stylish.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    No I don't wear one. I find them irritating to wear and take them ff at the first oppotunity. I only notice them on other guys if they are bug and shiny.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    Wore it in high school with a Romunda band.

    Wore it in college with a wide leather band.

    Wore it to teach with a striped ribbon band.

    Wore it to corporate America with a black gator band.

    It was a Bulova that I still keep in my drawer.

    Had and have many since, especially Burger King movie themed cartoon watches, including Jurassic Park.

    Another favorite is my $5.00 Old Navy aluminum Timex lookalike.

    Swiss watch I bought in Switzerland constantly breaks, but is very very slim.
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    Currently wear a light up Timex in aluminum.

    When I'm rich and famous, a plain steel Cartier tank...
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    i love watches. i have a red one icon_biggrin.gif
    i feel naked without mine too.... then its just...an arm O_o
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    Yes, I wear a watch every day (and my god awful watch tan can prove that). Most people who surf wear one because you can't bring your cell phone into the water to check what time it is.

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    Jul 10, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    Bowie saidMy other half gave me two of them so I always wear a watch. I didn't when I was younger, but now like many others,my watches are like shoes; I feel naked without them, and wind up collecting them. I don't think I've ever checked my cell phone for the time.

    Nor do I. I also had a BF, a multi-millionaire actually, who had the most appalling habit of always wearing the same wristwatch for all occasions. And it was this god-damn black plastic sports watch, about an inch thick.

    Well, I finally had enough, I was so embarrassed. So I bought him a slim dress watch to match his usual black-tie accessories, with a beautiful slender mesh band that would fit under his French cuff properly. And whenever we'd go out to a black-tie function, I'd make sure he was wearing it, because he would invariably forget, about to wear the sports watch. I'd also have to knot his tie for him, whether bow or four-in-hand, since he hadn't a clue how to do it properly.

    Ya know, having lots of money doesn't imbue you with these skills. I swear, I should open a business to teach the nouveau riche how to behave. Although I assume that today, few of them would want to know anyway... icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
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    Bowie saidMy other half gave me two of them so I always wear a watch. I didn't when I was younger, but now like many others,my watches are like shoes; I feel naked without them, and wind up collecting them. I don't think I've ever checked my cell phone for the time.

    Nor do I. I also had a BF, a multi-millionaire actually, who had the most appalling habit of always wearing the same wristwatch for all occasions. And it was this god-damn black plastic sports watch, about an inch thick.

    Well, I finally had enough, I was so embarrassed. So I bought him a slim dress watch to match his usual black-tie accessories, with a beautiful slender mesh band that would fit under his French cuff properly. And whenever we'd go out to a black-tie function, I'd make sure he was wearing it, because he would invariably forget, about to wear the sports watch. I'd also have to knot his tie for him, whether bow or four-in-hand, since he hadn't a clue how to do it properly.

    Ya know, having lots of money doesn't imbue you with these skills. I swear, I should open a business to teach the nouveau riche how to behave. Although I assume that today, few of them would want to know anyway... icon_sad.gif


    I would think some people would find this endearing?
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:52 PM GMT
    I never wear a watch. I find them confining and irritating. I just want to be free.

    I don't have a cellphone either, for much the same reasons. But you can always tell the time by the clock on your microwave, or your computer, or your car, or clocks in public places like airports. There is almost never a reason to wear a watch while you are in civilization.
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    Jul 10, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    viveutvivas saidI never wear a watch. I find them confining and irritating. I just want to be free.

    I don't have a cellphone either, for much the same reasons. But you can always tell the time by the clock on your microwave, or your computer, or your car, or clocks in public places like airports. There is almost never a reason to wear a watch while you are in civilization.


    I respect that, my brother is a lot like that (especially the no cell phone bit)

    Trust me though, if you're a true waterman, it's like having a....compass?

    It's important to know the time of tide changes, and when dinner is ready icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    Treated myself to my first-ever "fine timepiece" 4 years ago.

    Originally intended it to me my "dress watch"

    Discovered that a fine timepiece is just as fine as an everyday watch.

    It's complimented constantly. I love it.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:09 PM GMT
    I haven't worn one for years. I'm clumsy enough I tend to break the crystals all the time.

    I have a very good time sense and can usually guess within 10 minutes or so what time it is anyway, and I do carry a cell phone.'

    Besides, it's a great excuse to go up to a good looking dude and ask him what time it is.