When to wear a Dress Watch???

Dress Watch DOs & DON'Ts
Formal wear (US) and formal dress (UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other Commonwealth Realms) are the general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events, such as a wedding, formal garden party or dinner, débutante cotillion, dance, or race. The Western style of formal evening dress, characterized by black and white garments, has spread through many countries; it is almost always the standard formal social dress in countries without a formal national costume.

Your wrist watch should have the following attributes when worn with formal wear/dress:-

1) Made of a precious metal (gold or platinum)
2) Diameter (excluding crown) should be smaller than 41mm
3) Needs to be an analogue watch (a wristwatch with hands - not an LED display)
4) The best dress watches possess "discretion"

A sports watch is NOT a dress watch.
A sports watch on a leather strap is NOT a dress watch.

What are the rules for wearing a Sports watch with a suit?
1) A Sports watch should only ever be worn with a long sleeve shirt (without French cuffs) and tie - never with a jacket.
2) When wearing a suit or blazer a thin dress watch should really be worn - No sports watches.
3) If you are going to wear a sports watch with a suit it should be an simple as possible - ie no date, or other complications.
4) A Rolex Submariner should never be worn with a suit.

For a man wearing a suit the right jewelry can upgrade your look from smart to brilliant. At the same time, ostentatious 'bling-bling' is distracting and unattractive; men's jewelry should always be subtle. The watch passes the test by virtue of its functionality; cufflinks and tie clips earn provisional legitimacy on the same grounds. The wedding band is respected for what it represents, and other rings may be subtle enough to work to a man's advantage in the right setting. Piercings have featured prominently in so many counter-culture movements, from pirates to camp to punk rock, that they immediately arouse negative reactions from many. If you are going to wear an eyebrow stud with a suit, the suit had better fit you like your own skin if you don't want to be remembered as 'the guy with the eyebrow ring.'
A general rule of dressing says to match metal to metal. That means that if your belt buckle is silver, for instance, so should be your cuff links, tie clip, and anything else shiny you wear. As with all things, this is a general guideline, not a hard and fast rule: a man with a gold wedding ring can wear silver cuff links if he likes, and one who wears an heirloom silver watch is free to wear brass buckles. Another rule says not to wear gold after dark (nor button-down collars, nor brown shoes, for that matter). This is good to keep in mind when dressing for the night-life, and again, it is a good suggestion rather than a cardinal law.
one definite do is to match the
03/29/2011 - 18:07
color of your shoes, belt and strap unless your strap neither blck or brown then you should try to get as close as possible. Also a dress watch if worn as formal wear should have a black strap voilà but obviously like all rules they're made to be broken
Re: one definite do is to match the
03/29/2011 - 19:35
Dad taught me to match the color of the metal in both the watch and "buttons"! Dad's 2c's
...and what about dressy watch with less formal clothes?
03/30/2011 - 07:25
This was a fun read, Archie.  Thanks for that black strap comment, Alex. Now: what about the inverse problem: if one is wearing a 'dressy' watch, say a modern Rose Gold Patrimony Traditionnelle, how informal clothing can one wear?  NB: "informal" does not include "sloppy."
to take your example of a Patrimony Traditionnelle I would say that it
03/30/2011 - 11:17
probably wouldn't look good with a T shirt but fine with a polo shirt. Really depends how informal you dress, if you have the "Hamptons" look à la Ralph Lauren you would look good even with shorts
Re: ...and what about dressy watch with less formal clothes?
04/12/2011 - 02:31
If you own a Vacheron - you can wear it with anything you want!.
Re: When to wear a Dress Watch???
03/30/2011 - 13:45
Archie, did you write this yourself, or excerpt it from some publication?  Some of this is common sense, and some of it is dogma.  I agree that you should probably not wear a diving watch with a Tux unless your name is Cousteau, but no sports watches or complications with a suit?  No gold after dark?  There are some very dressy sports watches and some very sporty dress watches. My attitude toward watches is wear what you feel comfortable wearing. 
Re: When to wear a Dress Watch???
03/31/2011 - 12:02
As for sports watch with a suit: for me it always looks not harmonically, there is no harmony in such manner. It is felt without any instructions. As for diameter, I did not know this rule. May be big men, very athletic can wear lager watch, but anyway thank you for the instruction. Following formal style is a good style that shows that a man likes to follow good styles, does not have a deep desire to break rules, and may be he is more stable person in business. By the way, mixing sport style and official suit was a style of russian gangsters in 90x, this "uniform" makes people feel fear. Official suit with sport shoes, and Rolex watch (as a rule Submariner-styled) and a big 1+ Kg golden chain :-) 
Re: When to wear a Dress Watch???
03/31/2011 - 18:58
I've seen people that follow this DO's and DON'Ts, but exactly in reverse. All the DON'Ts were applied as DO's.
Re: Re: When to wear a Dress Watch???
04/01/2011 - 17:38
Oh, it seems to be a dangerous tendention. Who knows what rule they will want to break next. :-))