What does your watch say about you?
That timepiece on your wrist says a lot about your personality…Peter Iantorno November 17, 2014
They say that you can tell a lot about a man from his shoes, but we'd say a far better indicator of not only a man's style but also his personality, is his choice of watch. If you think you bought your watch simply because it looked nice, think again - because there's a deeper meaning to your watch-purchasing decision. Even if you don't know it yourself, subconsciously you're telling the world what kind of guy you are. Here's our rundown of some of the classic - and not so classic - models, and what they say about their owners.
Probably the most popular dive watch in the world, the Rolex Submariner is worn mainly by those who have never done a day's diving in their life. Unless there's something secret about being a doctor, a bank manager or a salesman we don't know about, we're pretty sure the 300-metre water resistance is about as useful to the average Submariner wearer as a chocolate teapot. But they all seem to be pretty happy about their timepiece, so who are we to knock it?
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
Very much in the bracket of "if you need to know the price, sir, then I'm afraid you can't afford it", the Golden Ellipse - along with pretty much any Patek Philippe model - is a seriously high-end timepiece. Simple, sleek and sophisticated, this watch doesn't need to shout from the rooftops about its ultra-thin, self-winding mechanical movement - it's far too classy for that. The typical wearer tends to be wildly rich and successful. Or he inherited it from his wildly rich and successful dad.
Audemars Piguet Grande Complication Skeleton
With a perpetual calendar indicating day, date, week, moon phases, month and leap years, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds at 9 o'clock, this self-winding timepiece is for the CEO who likes everything to be just so. You know the guy we mean, he's running a multimillion-dollar corporation but he shouts at the cleaners for mopping the bathroom floor incorrectly. Not only is he rather well off and a bit of a control freak, but he's also a complete watch buff, and he likes nothing more than to gaze into the transparent case of his pride and joy, examining the intricate inner workings.
In a world of Swiss-made watch snobbery, one plucky little digital timepiece has belied its country of origin and managed to mix it with the big boys, despite being mass-produced and having none of the complex technical inner workings of its chronograph competitors. Famous for being incredibly tough (you can even bash it with a hammer if you like, as the good folks at Casio have in the video below), its wearer is usually either a former Navy Seal hard man, a rich rapper (in the case of some of the pricey limited-edition G-Shocks) or a mad scientist. Just don't get any of those mixed up.
Breitling For Bentley
Part of the Breitling for Bentley range of timepieces, the Bentley Barnato is named after Woolf Barnato - the most famous of the Bentley Boys, who ruled the world of motor racing during the 1920s. The sporty design is fitting enough, featuring red-rimmed counters that look like something you'd find on a Formula 1 car's dashboard and an inner bezel bearing a tachometric scale. However, the only real problem is that this watch is invariably not worn by racing drivers. It is in fact worn mostly by Premier League footballers, bought as an afterthought to go with their shiny new Bentley. When did it suddenly become necessary for your car and your watch to match?