If you’re looking for a new timepiece to accompany you at work, this guide covers some great options.
Wearing a nice watch won’t make you better qualified for your line of work, but it will set you apart from others. In a competitive world, everyone is chomping at the bit to be (or at least appear) successful.
Many of us spend years studying before finding our feet in our chosen career path. Some of us reach that stage and feel ill-equipped. We simply don’t look the part. More often than not, it’s nothing that a suit and briefcase won’t fix.
But many of us underestimate the impact a watch can have on an outfit. Here’s where this guide to the best watches for young professionals can help.
Regardless of what profession you choose, everyone needs at least one good watch. But investing in a luxury timepiece doesn’t always make the most financial sense, especially if you’re just starting out in your career.
Watches for professionals don’t need to be expensive. This guide includes everything from an entry-level timepiece right through to an investment piece.
Why Is a Watch for Work Important?
As the saying goes, “dress for the position you want, not for the position you have”.
A watch will help you stand out and create a great first impression.
The History of Watches for Specific Professions
Watches became wearer-friendly at the end of the 19th century. It took WWI for men to realize the importance of the wristwatch and its use professionally.
Longines was one of the very few luxury watch brands to supply watches during this time to the military. Wristwatches produced by Omega, Longines, and Jaeger-LeCoultre also proved indispensable during WWII.
During the 1960s, dive watches came onto the scene. Although originally utilized by recreational divers, the scuba dive industry soon followed suit. Professional divers began using watches as a backup to their computer-operated depth gauges.
Eventually, saturation divers became reliant upon instruments that were both highly water-resistant and legible for their line of work.
Today, the watch market has an abundance of tool watches geared for all professions. Where there was once a specific complication was hard to find, a myriad of functions are now accessible.
The Best Luxury Watches for Young Professionals
Beyond the basic need to tell the time, the watch functions required by one professional can sometimes overlap with another. This is one reason why different watches can be employed in different scenarios.
In this guide to the best luxury watches for young professionals, I’ve selected a range of designs. Whether you’re a lifeguard, pilot, businessman, or doctor, there’s a timepiece in this selection for you.
Oris Big Crown Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II
For the doctor.
If you thought Oris only made watches for the cockpit, you’re wrong. Its expansive collection of pilot’s watches is home to the Big Crown series.
Renowned for its retro charm, it comes in several iterations, including the Flying Doctor edition. This model pays tribute to the work of Australia’s RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service).
It provides Aero-medical service to those in an emergency. Perfect for any doctor it comes with a handy Pulsometer around the edge of the dial.
Whether you need the watch to track heart rates or not, the model provides clarity when keeping track of your shift. Clear Arabic numerals are placed against a black dial, while orange accents highlight the scale and the tip of the second hand.
A day and date window at 3 o’clock is another great feature. Neither too big nor too small, you can reference this watch while taking notes in your trademark illegible scrawl. Furthermore, its supple brown leather band slips comfortably under a shirt.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar
For the pilot.
No manufacturer does pilot’s watches better than IWC Schaffhausen. The company has specialized in instruments for aviators for many years.
Yet the perpetual calendar complication only appeared during the 1980s. With an expressive vivid green dial, the watch is both bold and adventurous.
You can utilize the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch in the cockpit thanks to its legible, luminous-coated Arabic numerals and hands.
In addition, you can keep track of the passing days with the perpetual calendar function. The IWC-manufactured 52615 Caliber drives the calendar module via a single nightly switching pulse.
Complex in its design, the watch is balanced out by a simple matching green rubber strap. What’s more, you can change the strap simply using the brand’s Easy-Change system.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
For the diver.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms model is one of the world’s most versatile diving watches. It was first introduced in 1953, predating the Submariner.
Its name reveals its water-resistant rating, equivalent to 300 feet, an incredible achievement for its time.
Since then, the brand’s water-resistant technology has vastly improved.
This model, dressed in a rich blue dial, reflects the tones of the water.
Its 300-meter water-resistant rating is also lightweight in design thanks to its titanium bodywork.
If you frequently take to the water, a tool like the unidirectional rotating bezel is very handy. You can align it with the central minute hand to track time.
The watch is also comfortable to wear, thanks to a deep blue NATO strap and a classic pin buckle clasp.
Breitling Endurance Pro
For the professional athlete.
This Endurance Pro watch by Breitling is dressed in vivid yellow and black attracts attention.
Its hefty 44mm case is crafted from the brand’s innovative proprietary material named Breitlight. It provides a strong and lightweight finish.
Not only robust enough for running, swimming, or mountain climbing, this material also protects the Thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement inside.
The watch also offers a 1/10th of a second function and a 30-minute totalizer.
This ultimate athleisure watch is perfect for those that lead an active lifestyle. With a case that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium, you’ll barely know it’s there.
When you do want to reference the time, however, its bright yellow rubber band ensures it secures firmly into place with a Breitlight tang buckle.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Felipe Pantone Edition
For the artist.
Whether you’re an artist or you have a creative job, you’ll enjoy the Zeniths unique play with color.
The model was designed by contemporary artist Felipe Pantone, boasting a dynamic style. You can see shots of vivid color in the watch’s skeletonized dial, exposing the El Primero 21 movement.
This movement fits inside a black ceramic 44mm case.
This is a rare watch. Just 500 pieces are available.
Applied rainbow stitching decorates a supple black rubber strap.
Perfect for expressing individuality and boldness, the watch is part of the popular Defy collection. The series is defined by its tonneau-shaped cases and retro-futuristic styling.
Of course, you don’t have to be an artist to appreciate this watch. You may just love its attention-demanding style and daring pops of color!
Baume Et Mercier Clifton
For the socialite.
If you’re a businessman who spends your working week rubbing shoulders with important clientele, the Clifton is ideal for you.
It exudes a strong sense of sophistication and class but is also an affordable option.
This Baume et Mercier Clifton watch is fitted with a COSC-certified movement. This means that the engine has undergone a stringent series of tests for reliability.
The stainless steel bracelet looks dressy and refined.
A grey gradient display is home to stick markers, slim hands, and a date aperture.
What’s more, the movement inside this 40mm steel model produces a very handy 5-day power reserve. It means that you can alternate the watch for a few days at a time. All the while, it won’t skip a beat.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Auto
For the accountant.
Do you spend most of your week crunching numbers and invoicing? You may need a watch like the Hamilton Jazzmaster. It’s a timeless, clear, and easily readable timepiece that promotes clarity.
What’s more, its working caliber, made viewable through the dial, is a welcoming distraction from office noise.
When your head is fogged with swirling numbers, a classic and beautiful timepiece like this will balance the chaos.
Its dressy demeanor comprises a silver partially skeletonized dial. Its cut-out sections expose the Caliber H-10 through its surface.
Equipped with an 80-hour power reserve, the watch will keep time even when away from the wrist.
Adding the finishing touches to office attire is its dark brown leather strap. It perfectly complements the golden-colored hour markers, promoting a subtle touch of luxury and finesse.
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU
For the engineer.
The inspiration behind this Ball watch was the US Navy’s NEDU team. The experimental diving unit is responsible for building underwater laboratories and rescuing submarines. Naturally, the team requires materials of the toughest kind to complete its missions.
That’s where the materials of this Ball Engineer watch prove useful, especially if you have a similarly demanding job. Resistant to scratching, shock impact, water pressure, and temperature changes, its case is built from grade 5 titanium.
It’s also really lightweight and incorporates magnetic-resistant technology protective to 4,800A/m.
Its 21 micro gas tubes promote the brand’s Night Reading Evolution technology.
These are situated on a black dial equipped with chronograph functions and a day-date display.
The watch also features a robust crown protection system and a helium escape valve for subsea engineers.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
For the lawyer.
An Important legal role at work requires an important-looking watch. That’s where the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch comes into play.
Its instantly recognizable design is a statement piece. As a symbol of professionalism, good taste, and superiority, a successful lawyer needs to look no further than this 41mm steel model.
It comes with a perpetual calendar to keep track of important meetings thanks to a reliable in-house movement.
It has a useful 40-hour power reserve. This means you could alternate it with another timepiece to suit a different event whilst it keeps perfect time.
Up close, the watch has a stunning deep blue “Grande Tapisserie” dial pattern. But from a distance, its distinctive octagonal-shaped bezel is unmistakable.
The watch also has a sophisticated stainless steel integrated bracelet for pairing with your favorite suit.
Seiko Prospex Sea 140th Anniversary Limited Edition (3000 pieces)
For the lifeguard.
Lastly, the Seiko Prospex Sea watch is one of the most affordable options on this list. Ready for its call to action, it features a broad 44.3mm stainless steel case and a legible black dial.
Bold and masculine, the watch is ready to take to any water-based mission thanks to a water-resistant capability of 300 meters.
The watch was released as a 140th-anniversary timepiece.
Anyone who owns a Seiko watch will appreciate the design of the Prospex. It is tough, reliable, and highly legible, thanks to lashings of Lumibrite on the hands and indexes.
Whether you’re a lifeguard, a boatsman, or a successful hydrologist, your role at work is well covered with a watch like the Seiko Prospex Sea.
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