Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

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Would you wear the watch?

Yes, this isn't a big deal
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39%
Yes, if you truly feel most comfortable with it on
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22%
No, you would come off like a douchebag
14
16%
No, it's not worth the risk
16
18%
50-50
4
4%
 
Total votes: 89

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby quakeroats » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:32 pm

fatduck wrote:
Paraflam wrote:That watch is ugly as shit anyway. What makes it worth $15k?

the 10,000% markup


While this certainly doesn't cost its list price, $165k, they aren't making it for under $1000 either: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj1LofL2 ... re=related

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby kalvano » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:33 pm

fatduck wrote:
kalvano wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Okay people, I wasn't saying to check your cell phone in a meeting. You know what I mean. You can buy a decent looking watch that will last you a long time without spending that kind of money. And I've gone most of my life without a watch and been just fine. Again, different strokes for different folks, but I can't really understand the point of spending thousands on something like that. And I'm far from stingy.



People spending $15K on a watch generally have a different view of money than broke-ass law students.

people who wear $15k watches are still perceived as douches among the wealthy.



No.


Well, maybe. It depends on the watch and the person wearing it. But as a general rule, the douchers tend to go for something much flashier to show that they have money. An Audemars Piaget doesn't exactly scream money like a diamond-encrusted Rolex does.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby pleasetryagain » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:36 pm

kalvano wrote:An Audemars Piaget doesn't exactly scream money like a diamond-encrusted Rolex does.


not unless you are a connoisseur or have an untrained eye.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby quakeroats » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:36 pm

kalvano wrote:Well, maybe. It depends on the watch and the person wearing it. But as a general rule, the douchers tend to go for something much flashier to show that they have money. An Audemars Piaget doesn't exactly scream money like a diamond-encrusted Rolex does.


You're absolutely correct. Rolex, for example, is not a watchmaker anyone with sense would buy from.
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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby fatduck » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:36 pm

pleasetryagain wrote:
kalvano wrote:An Audemars Piaget doesn't exactly scream money like a diamond-encrusted Rolex does.


not unless you are a connoisseur or have an untrained eye.

:D :D :D

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby ajr » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:38 pm

Serious answer -

I wouldn't wear it. As someone who has interviewed other people, and been interviewed many times, one thing I do notice is what watch people are wearing. I do form impressions based on that. Kind of like seeing what cars are in the parking lot of the company you interview at.

An expensive watch is the surest, yet subtle way of showing off.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby kalvano » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:41 pm

ajr wrote:Serious answer -

I wouldn't wear it. As someone who has interviewed other people, and been interviewed many times, one thing I do notice is what watch people are wearing. I do form impressions based on that. Kind of like seeing what cars are in the parking lot of the company you interview at.

An expensive watch is the surest, yet subtle way of showing off.



Then where do you draw the line? Is $250 too much? $500? $1000?

Does the age of the person being interviewed matter?

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby ajr » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:44 pm

kalvano wrote:
ajr wrote:Serious answer -

I wouldn't wear it. As someone who has interviewed other people, and been interviewed many times, one thing I do notice is what watch people are wearing. I do form impressions based on that. Kind of like seeing what cars are in the parking lot of the company you interview at.

An expensive watch is the surest, yet subtle way of showing off.



Then where do you draw the line? Is $250 too much? $500? $1000?

Does the age of the person being interviewed matter?


Yes, the age and experience matter. If you could have made that money for yourself and afforded the watch, go ahead and wear anything.
Otherwise, don't wear the premium brands. Anything under $500 is probably ok.

A boss who has always wanted a Rolex but could not afford one will feel bad hiring a 20-yr old with a Rolex on.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby smittytron3k » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:01 pm

This isn't OCI (read the OP) and the guy's not 20 years old. I wouldn't pay 15k for that watch but if you would more power to you. I don't see an issue with wearing it.

Relevant question: if I want to buy a new, nice-but-not-too-nice watch, how do we feel about Omega v. Tag Heuer?

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby ajr » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:07 pm

I'm just saying it's not like "Who the hell cares?" People do care, will notice it, and judge you for it. If you're ok with that, then wear it by all means. If you bought it for yourself, then there really is no issue.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby kalvano » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:34 pm

smittytron3k wrote:Relevant question: if I want to buy a new, nice-but-not-too-nice watch, how do we feel about Omega v. Tag Heuer?



I love my TAG. It's super comfortable, and looks nice as either a daily watch or when I am dressed up.

They don't make my exact model anymore, but they still make them simple and in stainless steel. I think mine retailed around $1200.

Omega is a nice watch, too, but I just found the fit and feel of the TAG to be nicer.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby Grond » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:38 pm

Somebody needs to amuse me and poast a link to this thread on XO.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby Flips88 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:38 pm

amyLAchemist wrote:I wore a watch during interviews that is about 3k. I wear it every day. Why would I change that? My two cents.

$3k is still too much for something that tells you the time imo.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby Borhas » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:44 pm

Flips88 wrote:
amyLAchemist wrote:I wore a watch during interviews that is about 3k. I wear it every day. Why would I change that? My two cents.

$3k is still too much for something that tells you the time imo.


it's ok for women to wear flash jewelry

not sure how any self-respecting man can spend thousands to wear a glorified bracelet

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby romothesavior » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:45 am

Seriously though, the only type of people who can afford a 15k watch are hella rich. So if OP is so rich, why the hell is he a biglawl associate?

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby quakeroats » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:07 am

Flips88 wrote:
amyLAchemist wrote:I wore a watch during interviews that is about 3k. I wear it every day. Why would I change that? My two cents.

$3k is still too much for something that tells you the time imo.


Cellphones are for telling time. Watches should either add something to an outfit or not be worn.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby Aston2412 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:22 am

romothesavior wrote:Seriously though, the only type of people who can afford a 15k watch are hella rich. So if OP is so rich, why the hell is he a biglawl associate?


Maybe he cares about the substantive value of his work and doesn't want to sit around on his ass all day, lounging in huge piles of money?

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby Borhas » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:44 am

Aston2412 wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Seriously though, the only type of people who can afford a 15k watch are hella rich. So if OP is so rich, why the hell is he a biglawl associate?


Maybe he cares about the substantive value of his work

:lol:

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:15 pm

Aston2412 wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Seriously though, the only type of people who can afford a 15k watch are hella rich. So if OP is so rich, why the hell is he a biglawl associate?


Maybe he cares about the substantive value of his work and doesn't want to sit around on his ass all day, lounging in huge piles of money?

maybe other rich people aren't impressed by his $15k watch?

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby pleasetryagain » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:32 pm

Aston2412 wrote:
Maybe he cares about the substantive value of his work ?


So he became a biglaw attorney?

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby leobowski » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:33 pm

quakeroats wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
amyLAchemist wrote:I wore a watch during interviews that is about 3k. I wear it every day. Why would I change that? My two cents.

$3k is still too much for something that tells you the time imo.


Cellphones are for telling time. Watches should either add something to an outfit or not be worn.



Very juvenile viewpoint. Checking time on a cellphone is incredibly unprofessional/rude to those around you. Every man should wear a watch to work.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:37 pm

do you all seriously need to check the time that often? i could tell you what time it is within about 15 minutes any time, just from internal clock, and that's if i haven't seen the time in a while (on a billboard, bank sign, computer, whatever). you should only need to check your watch or cell phone occasionally, to recalibrate.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby quakeroats » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:48 pm

leobowski wrote:
quakeroats wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
amyLAchemist wrote:I wore a watch during interviews that is about 3k. I wear it every day. Why would I change that? My two cents.

$3k is still too much for something that tells you the time imo.


Cellphones are for telling time. Watches should either add something to an outfit or not be worn.



Very juvenile viewpoint. Checking time on a cellphone is incredibly unprofessional/rude to those around you. Every man should wear a watch to work.


Have you ever worked in an office? I've been in meetings where everyone but the person talking was looking at a blackberry.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby quakeroats » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:49 pm

fatduck wrote:do you all seriously need to check the time that often? i could tell you what time it is within about 15 minutes any time, just from internal clock, and that's if i haven't seen the time in a while (on a billboard, bank sign, computer, whatever). you should only need to check your watch or cell phone occasionally, to recalibrate.


Bring back the corgi in a suit.

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Re: Wearing an Expensive Watch During an Interview

Postby romothesavior » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:51 pm

Borhas wrote:
Aston2412 wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Seriously though, the only type of people who can afford a 15k watch are hella rich. So if OP is so rich, why the hell is he a biglawl associate?


Maybe he cares about the substantive value of his work

:lol:

This also made me lol




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