Article By: Logan Hannen

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at some basic etiquette surrounding watch styles and dress codes.

Today, we’re talking specifically about whether or not it’s acceptable to wear a dive watch with a suit. First, let’s consider why this question is frequently asked. Personally, I blame James Bond. In the world of horology, and film in general, there are few shots as iconic as Sean Connery slipping out of a wetsuit, exposing his ivory dinner jacket underneath, and pushing up his sleeve to reveal his Rolex Submariner, complete with a too small RAF fabric strap. Seriously, just look at this thing:

James Bond (Sean Connery) reveals his Rolex Submariner in “Goldfinger”

Bond has always been one of the foremost style icons of the last fifty-odd years, so it’s no surprise that seeing him do this has inspired a legion of others to follow suit (pun SO intended). But is this actually okay?

I’ll be the first one to own it – I’ve always been of the opinion that you should wear what you like, how you like, and to hell with anyone who doesn’t agree with it. But that’s the punk rock in me. I also know enough to know that this kind of philosophy doesn’t work for everyone, especially those in more conservative office settings where a strict dress code needs to be followed precisely.

Seiko SKX007 Divers Watch
Source: HODINKEE

Christian has talked before about the idea of wearing an SKX with a suit, which is a prime example of this kind of ideology of you ask me. Watches become more useful to us when we play around with their context. A dive watch was meant to be worn diving, clearly, but if you live in Montana, for example, does that mean you should never own a dive watch since diving isn’t something you’ll do on a regular basis? Of course not. The fun of watches, really, comes from adapting their design and function into your life, not adapting your life to suit their function.

The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Source: Blancpain

A great YouTuber known only as the Dutch Sandwich did a pretty killer video where he broke down eight strap options for the SKX that I highly recommend you go watch, because it really demonstrates how versatile some of these watches can be. My go-to example for this is the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms Bathyscaphe. It is certainly rugged as all hell, but it’s also incredibly refined, in a way that makes it not only a superb option for taking deep down into the deep down dark deep down bits of the ocean (yes, that’s a reference – no, I’m not telling you what it’s a reference to), but also for slapping on leather or even the stock sailcloth and wearing into a board meeting. Ultimately, you just need to wear whatever you’re comfortable with given the restrictions you might or might not have in your own life. If it’s cool with you, it’s cool with me, so long as you remember to keep it classy, watchfam.