There’s something about owning a time-only watch. For some, the simplicity of such watches is not appealing. But for most, an elegant and uncomplicated watch is a must have for any well-rounded collection…or the occasional black-tie event. When it comes right down to it, the term “dress watch” is of course a highly subjective term. Here’s the criteria with which I define it: any watch that is simple and classical in its styling, sized between 34mm and 42mm and on the thinner side of the spectrum case-wise (I am highly partial to “ultra-thin”), elegant leather strap or bracelet, and uncomplicated save for a small seconds or date window. Generally speaking! Other defining criteria such as movement type (automatic or manual wind), age (vintage or new), case metal (steel or precious) are generally fungible for me when it comes to these types of watches. But yes, defining a “dress watch” is clearly a subjective exercise!
However, in today’s edition of “Buying Time”, I think you’ll get the essence of what I’m talking about. This week I went to great pains to select just five superb time-only dress watches, all of which are available now from the pre-owned vault of my partner in this weekly endeavor, Govberg Watches. I’ve also taken care to select pieces all priced under $10,000 ($3,200 on the low end), and all at a meaningful discount to the current retail price for a new piece. Certainly not play money, but as most of you know Perpetuelle is about luxury not economy, and so I hope you’ll find something that suit’s your tastes.
Follow along as I walk through this week’s lineup.