I’ll kick off this post with a bold and honest personal statement.
I love jewelry for men.
Back in the day, I used to wear a variety of rings, bracelets, and necklaces, all to bolster my rock-edgy look.
I was highly influenced by Russell Brand’s style at the time and I thought that it was the ideal look to match my character and value system.
As the years went by, my style evolved and while I still like the rock-edgy look, most of the time I invest in more elegant and refined pieces of attire.
Nonetheless, I still pay attention to jewelry and I strategically pick the items that will spice up my look.
However, there is one item I consider the quintessential piece of jewelry for every man: The watch.
A watch has always helped me combine practicality with elegance.
Watches can serve as timekeepers, but also as tools to make a statement with your style.
I remember since I was a kid, I saw men wearing watches and obviously the more expensive the watch, the higher the status of the man.
The thing, however, is that while growing up I realized that there is no single category where all watches fall. People wear watches for different reasons and since our style preferences change dynamically, a watch doesn’t necessarily need to serve only as a symbol of status, but also as a great accessory for different styles.
So, after a lot of thinking and careful consideration of the watch industry, I decided to divide the market into 3 Tiers based on the price of the watch:
- Tier 3 – $100-$300
- Tier 2 – $900-$1500
- Tier 1 – $3000+
As you can see, there is a relatively big disparity between the 3 tiers and that is for a very good reason.
Tier 3 brands rarely exceed the $300 mark and that’s because their main purpose is to work as aesthetic additions to your overall style. I don’t think you need to spend more than $100-300 for a watch that only serves that purpose. I set the upper range at $300 because there is absolutely no need to spend more than $300 for a Tier 3 watch and there are virtually no brands that sell watches in the $300-900 range and fall into the Tier 2 category.
Tier 2 is where you will find most of the quality watches that don’t necessarily serve as a symbol of status. Those are great watches that can be worn on a daily basis. They are made of high-quality materials and can last for a lifetime. A great example of a brand of that tier is Tag Heuer. I set the upper limit at $1500 because I don’t think that someone should invest more than that amount for this category. You can simply save some money and buy a Tier 1 watch.
Tier 1 is where status comes in. I decided to add watches of $3000+ (some people would start at $5000+) because this is a relatively big investment for an individual and most of the brands that fall into that category are famous worldwide. Most typical examples include Omega, Rolex, Panerai, Hublot, and IWC.
At the moment, I own only a Tier 2 watch. It is a Tag Heuer “Indy 500” Chronograph, which was given to me by my father when I finished school. I am really happy with that watch and it has served me well for many years.
My absolute fantasy is a Panerai Special Edition 2011 Luminor Composite 1950, but I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy one unless I am proud of the progress of my businesses.
What I decided, however, is that I could use a nice Tier 3 watch to swap with my Tier 2 watch from time to time.
When I was looking at Tier 3 watches in the past, I was usually so disappointed that I didn’t really want to spend even $100 for one. They were looking cheap, without an average design and I was sure that they wouldn’t last long.
Lately, however, I realized that there are many new and upcoming brands that try to compete with well-known Tier 3 brands and establish themselves as big players in this market.
Those are usually founded by young and ambitious entrepreneurs, who have a great sense of style and also a great understanding of what a Tier 3 watch should look like.
One of those brands actually caught my attention and I decided to look further into them.
They are called “Dinka Watches” and they specialize in affordable, elegant, and minimal watches.
I decided to contact them and see if they can send me a watch for me to review.
Their answer was positive. My enthusiasm was immense.
I received the Mods Brixton model.
The box was beautifully crafted and worked as a great preview for what was about to follow.
Upon opening the box, I was very contented to see that the watch looked even more beautiful in reality.
As you can see, their materials are high quality and the watch epitomizes the idea of minimalism.
It is quite versatile and can be worn on many occasions.
The leather strap is top notch and blends beautifully with the rest of the watch.
I also loved the fact that they incorporated a third hand that shows the current second of the current minute as well as a date indicator.
I can confidently argue that “Dinka watches” are here to stay and they have properly grasped the essence of what a casual watch should look like.
I am already a big fan and I unquestionably suggest them to anyone who is looking to buy a watch in this category.
Check out their website to see their current collection.
Niklas, the founder, was also kind enough to offer us a 15% discount with every purchase. Enter the code “quintessential” during check out and enjoy.
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