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The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

The young professional wants affordability, but that doesn’t mean he should skimp on quality design and construction

The young professional wants affordability, but that doesn’t mean he should skimp on quality design and construction. A versatile timepiece is high up on the agenda, as this will allow him to wear it straight from the office to the bar in style. In order to be appropriate for the work place however, the young professional needs a minimal design, which is both inoffensive and belies the watch’s accessible price. The young professional should purchase a watch like one of these.

Uniform Wares

Uniform Wares are masters of minimal, utilitarian watch design, and their 251 Series is no different. This BR-01 reference takes its inspiration from the simplicity of classic dress watches of the 1950s and ‘60s. Its sunday brushed dial and polished hands positively shimmer on the wrist and its Italian calf-leather strap makes it even harder to resist.

The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

Jungians

With its striking black-on-black colour combination and elegant face, this Junghans timepiece falls on the smarter end of the spectrum and would look great when paired with an equally dashing suit. Its convex Plexiglass face and elongated hour markers add to the vintage-themed appeal and it also boasts a simple date function at 3 o’clock as well as an impressive lume.

The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

Christopher Ward

The slimmed down version of Christopher Ward’s acclaimed c5 Malvern family, this watch is an impressive feat. It boasts the enviable combination of a rich blue sun-ray dial and black alligator-style leather strap. The self-winding movement that lurks beneath the slim case gives the watch a pedigree almost unheard of within this price range, too.

The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

Daniel Wellington

In a short space of time, Daniel Wellington have carved out a unique and highly respectable niche in the entry-level watch market. They have created a winning combination of style, simplicity and reliability, and their inter-changeable straps ensure your wrist is ready for any occasion. This combination of a rich brown leather strap and rose gold-coloured case is particularly worthy though.

The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

Sekford

Classic, timeless and elegant to a fault, this model is one of the very best money can buy. Sekford have burst onto the watch scene with serious gusto and have since been in the forefront of every gentleman’s – professional or not, wealthy or not – wrist. And trust us gentlemen, this is a brand that you want to get behind.

The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

Nomos Glashütte

Nomos Glashütte are renowned for making high quality, beautiful, affordable watches, and the Club is no exception. The model is sporty, young and adaptable; it looks just as good with a three-piece as it does on the weekend worn with jeans and a t-shirt. Made with Nomos’ oldest caliber, the Alpha, to ensure the best performance possible and with a power reserve of 43 hours, this beauty can be worn all day, everyday – and then some.

The young professional’s guide to buying his first watch

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