We’d like to introduce you Gents to Mike, our new resident watch guy. Here you’ll find his casual, no-nonsense views on the world of watches. He’s spanned the scene of watch collecting from budget buyer to vintage collector. Welcome to his little corner of the lounge.
The perfect weekend watch is one that can be worn from the time you wake up Saturday morning until your head hits the pillow Sunday night. It must be durable, stylish, economical and work in any environment one may encounter – including changing diapers of a 15 month old. When considering a weekend watch, always needs to factor in its versatility with different strap options. Does it work on a bracelet? Leather strap? Or the perfect weekend companion, the canvas NATO-style strap?
There are two watches that immediately come to mind.
Everyone reading this has probably heard about the Daniel Wellington brand, so let’s not bore you with their background. The Classic Sheffield, coming in at 40mm, with its simple and easy to read dial is a total winner. There’s also the option of a rose gold case. My personal choice is the silver casing so as to maximize versatility with outfits.
It also comes with the option of a NATO-style strap and has a 20mm lug width (strap width). Since only water resistant to 3ATM, it’s not the type of watch you’d wear swimming, but it’s safe if you get caught in the rain. With its slim case, this watch is great for your local brunch spot or at the bar. It pairs well with jeans and a tee. Also, dressed up in a tux with the leather strap. For the price ($195-229) you can’t go wrong! Get it here for under $150
Those who collect watches know the history of the SKX007 dive watch. For those who don’t, here’s your intro – you’ll thank me later. This is a workhorse from the famous Japanese brand that is the affordable alternative to the popular and obviously more expensive Rolex Submariner. For the money (around $200), you’re getting a 200m water resistant, automatic movement (no battery required) watch that will last you for years. This thing will take a beating and still tell the time. Trust me, I know from experience!
It comes on a stock metal bracelet or rubber strap, but I prefer to swap in a black and grey “BOND” NATO-style strap, especially in the spring/summer. The watch wears thicker than the Daniel Wellington (13.25 mm vs 6mm) as it is more of a sport watch but that shouldn’t discourage you from giving it a try. The day-date display is a great feature, even though on weekends you shouldn’t care! This is my ideal do anything, go anywhere, vacation watch.