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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby JohnDorian » Mon May 21, 2012 3:03 am

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby JDizzle2015 » Mon May 21, 2012 2:13 pm

nealric wrote:As someone who works in biglaw, I would advise against purchasing a watch for interviews. While we might take issue with a plastic Casio, a flashy watch can also be a negative. No watch is safest for interviews and summers.

FWIW, few people get a fancy watch until they make partner.

In your opinion, is it a bad idea to wear a base model IWC (e.g. a Mark XVI) or Rolex Explorer I type of watch to an interview? I love nice watches and have a nice collection already, but I've also always been a little worried about the point you bring up.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby sundance95 » Mon May 21, 2012 2:37 pm

nealric wrote:As someone who works in biglaw, I would advise against purchasing a watch for interviews. While we might take issue with a plastic Casio, a flashy watch can also be a negative. No watch is safest for interviews and summers.

FWIW, few people get a fancy watch until they make partner.

Wow. I'd feel naked without a watch, but then again I haven't spent more than $200 on a watch in my life.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby nealric » Mon May 21, 2012 9:05 pm

JDizzle2015 wrote:
nealric wrote:As someone who works in biglaw, I would advise against purchasing a watch for interviews. While we might take issue with a plastic Casio, a flashy watch can also be a negative. No watch is safest for interviews and summers.

FWIW, few people get a fancy watch until they make partner.

In your opinion, is it a bad idea to wear a base model IWC (e.g. a Mark XVI) or Rolex Explorer I type of watch to an interview? I love nice watches and have a nice collection already, but I've also always been a little worried about the point you bring up.


If you need a watch for self confidence, by all means wear one. Just make sure it is understated. The idea is that you don't want interviewers to remember what you were wearing. If your interviewer mentions your watch, even with an air of genuine interest, I would not regard it as a good thing. It means they are focusing on what you are wearing, not who you are as a candidate.

I would go with the IWC between the two. Non-watch people associate Rolex with bling, but often are not as familiar with IWC- and non watch people are more likely to look down on a flashy watch.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby joetheplumber » Mon May 21, 2012 11:27 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
JDizzle2015 wrote:
Na_Swatch wrote:
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spend about $30 more and go for one of these... Seriously Orient Makos are probably the best value automatic watches you can get. Very accurate time keeping (comparable much more $$ watches), unique and awesome presentation, and i got mine for under $100.

Personally, I hate watches that obviously just imitate the submariner.


Dude, the Mako has a totally distinct look compared to the Sub. BTW, can't go wrong with an Orient Mako (or Ray, which I posted earlier). In house auto movement, actually functions as a divers watch should (water resistance, lume, screw down crowns, solid bezel), sub $200.


This actually looks pretty good. Selling for 113 in amazon. Worth it?

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby 20130312 » Tue May 22, 2012 12:22 am

Absolutely worth it. You can snag it under $100 sometimes, but of you're like me then you would probably be willing to pay a couple bucks more to get it right away.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby zulutime1 » Tue May 22, 2012 12:50 am

For what it's worth, to every firm and clerkship interview I wore my only watch: a digital Timex. I have nothing against nice watches - but I don't think they're essential. I guess everyone here would hold it against me.

This thread annoyed me enough to stop lurking and create an account. If a client mentioned my watch, I'd tell them that I'd rather get them results and more money rather than have them pay for a fancier watch for myself. Are we really looking down upon people based upon their choice of watch?

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby 20130312 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:59 am

zulutime1 wrote:For what it's worth, to every firm and clerkship interview I wore my only watch: a digital Timex. I have nothing against nice watches - but I don't think they're essential. I guess everyone here would hold it against me.

This thread annoyed me enough to stop lurking and create an account. If a client mentioned my watch, I'd tell them that I'd rather get them results and more money rather than have them pay for a fancier watch for myself. Are we really looking down upon people based upon their choice of watch?


Yes, and their choice of shoes, suit, socks, shirt. I judge people on how they look. So does everyone.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby alawstudentsometime » Tue May 22, 2012 7:11 am

My father is what I would call a tacky business salesman. Almost anywhere you travel for business, there will be a WalMart. His strategy is to just buy multiple items at WalMart wherever he travels for business. If it's a cheap watch, he buys ten of them, and most people really do not notice. At the end of the trip he gives away whatever watches he has left. He keeps his Rolex.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby ilovesf » Tue May 22, 2012 7:13 am

You guys have me nervous about my watch, even though it is totally normal and inexpensive compared to what is posted here.
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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby 20130312 » Tue May 22, 2012 10:46 am

ilovesf wrote:You guys have me nervous about my watch, even though it is totally normal and inexpensive compared to what is posted here.
[img]burberry[/img]


Looks fine to me. Interesting construction. Are there spring bars under there or does the band just not come off?

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby RedBirds2011 » Tue May 22, 2012 12:43 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
zulutime1 wrote:For what it's worth, to every firm and clerkship interview I wore my only watch: a digital Timex. I have nothing against nice watches - but I don't think they're essential. I guess everyone here would hold it against me.

This thread annoyed me enough to stop lurking and create an account. If a client mentioned my watch, I'd tell them that I'd rather get them results and more money rather than have them pay for a fancier watch for myself. Are we really looking down upon people based upon their choice of watch?


Yes, and their choice of shoes, suit, socks, shirt. I judge people on how they look. So does everyone.


Yea but there's a difference between well groomed/professional looking and judging someone on whether they have a Rolex or not.

Edit: and in all honesty if I were a client and my lawyer had a super expensive watch I'd be worried he was dishonest and sleezy lol
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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby ilovesf » Tue May 22, 2012 12:46 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
ilovesf wrote:You guys have me nervous about my watch, even though it is totally normal and inexpensive compared to what is posted here.
[img]burberry[/img]


Looks fine to me. Interesting construction. Are there spring bars under there or does the band just not come off?

Band doesn't come off as far as I can tell. Fine for me though, black goes with everything.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby rftdd888 » Fri May 25, 2012 2:49 pm

watches are a real serious thing, I would find someone who is an aficionado and have them help you select a watch.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby psm11 » Sat May 26, 2012 9:43 pm

rriles wrote:watches are a real serious thing, I would find someone who is an aficionado and have them help you select a watch.

good idea. however, if you are going to be dropping a lot of money on a watch, I would go with one YOU really love and not one somebody else convinced you was a good watch to wear to work.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby Helmholtz » Sat May 26, 2012 11:40 pm

Jacky D. wrote:Although many people won't care about that POS Timex on your wrist*, someone who does notice it is a lot more likely to have a negative reaction than a positive one.


*This is not true. Everyone will notice that POS Timex on your wrist, and judge you accordingly.


I've met hedge-fund managers and law-firm partners who were wearing POS Timexs when I met them the first time. In a weird way, I almost ended up respecting them a little more than if I would have seen a Rolex.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby psm11 » Sat May 26, 2012 11:59 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
Jacky D. wrote:Although many people won't care about that POS Timex on your wrist*, someone who does notice it is a lot more likely to have a negative reaction than a positive one.


*This is not true. Everyone will notice that POS Timex on your wrist, and judge you accordingly.


I've met hedge-fund managers and law-firm partners who were wearing POS Timexs when I met them the first time. In a weird way, I almost ended up respecting them a little more than if I would have seen a Rolex.

A lot of people aren't really into watches and just want something that can tell them the time. My uncle has been a partner in BigLaw for 20+ years and makes bank but the most expensive watch he wears is like a five or six hundred dollar armani. He's the kind of guy that would rather take a couple grand to the casino and play black jack than buy a high end watch. What it comes down to is what you are into. While my uncle doesn't spend 5 or 10 k for a watch he loves great suits and will happily spend 5k a pop for a Tom Ford suit.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby blurbz » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:09 am

Just bought this as a "congrats on biglaw summer" gift to myself.

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I know it's not a huge splurge by any means, but it looks great in person and I'm a notoriously cheap guy.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby rayiner » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:17 am

zulutime1 wrote:For what it's worth, to every firm and clerkship interview I wore my only watch: a digital Timex. I have nothing against nice watches - but I don't think they're essential. I guess everyone here would hold it against me.

This thread annoyed me enough to stop lurking and create an account. If a client mentioned my watch, I'd tell them that I'd rather get them results and more money rather than have them pay for a fancier watch for myself. Are we really looking down upon people based upon their choice of watch?


I have nothing against Timex, but no grown-up should wear a digital watch.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby vizio24 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:38 am

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby stabiloboss » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:48 am

awesome raymond weil watch, highly recommend it. But, I'm a watch aficionado...if you're looking to spend around a grand on a watch please have a look at TAG aquaracer (not chronograph)

EDIT: just saw that you already have it...nvmind then. ENJOY!!! It's a lovely timepiece

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby kalvano » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:54 pm

All you watch people who really know your stuff, I'm thinking about getting my wife a TAG Aquaracer as a graduation gift. Retail is about $1700, what can I reasonably expect to pick it up for?

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby 20130312 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:49 pm

kalvano wrote:All you watch people who really know your stuff, I'm thinking about getting my wife a TAG Aquaracer as a graduation gift. Retail is about $1700, what can I reasonably expect to pick it up for?


Google Shopping suggests you could get it for around $1,100.

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Re: Watches as a lawyer

Postby psm11 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:01 pm

kalvano wrote:All you watch people who really know your stuff, I'm thinking about getting my wife a TAG Aquaracer as a graduation gift. Retail is about $1700, what can I reasonably expect to pick it up for?


i don't know what area you are in but the dealer i go to for my watches usually sells watches for 30% less than msrp. I got a uboat classico which retails for 2600 for 17 hundred and change before taxes. I also got my bell and ross which retails for 4100 for 3300 before taxes. from what i have experienced most dealers will work with you on a price.




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