My favourite kind of shopping is shopping for other people. For the past few weeks my brother Duncan has been looking for a watch. He asked me for help in choosing the right one. He gave me his price range and the following requirements:
- It must have a good warranty.
- It must be versatile enough to wear with jeans or a tuxedo.
- It must not look cheap or cheesy.
- I have to be able to play drums with it on.
- It must be classic enough that it will look stylish for years to come.
Well I love a challenge! After many hours of discussion (metal or leather, black or brown, electronic or mechanical, gold vs silver) and trips to dozens of stores, we finally found a watch that seems to fit every criteria. Of course when you want one watch for every occasion, you make compromises for all of them. However, I think we did an awesome job of fulfilling all of Duncan’s requirements. Here’s what we found:The Nautica NCS 600 is a digitally controlled date watch with a chronograph measuring seconds and minutes. It has a stainless steel case and band with a mineral crystal. The most distinctive feature is the orange pusher on the bottom left which corresponds to the orange details on each chronograph sub-dial. Most importantly, Duncan and I both agreed that this watch has the “I have a yacht” look, that is to say, it looks like an instrument, not an accessory.
Scale was also a consideration. Giant watches and tiny watches are both common on the wrists of Toronto’s fashion-forward guys, but to keep it timeless, it’s best to stick right in the middle. This piece is big enough to see clearly and small enough to fit inside your shirt cuff. And to top it all off, it was on sale, has a five year warranty and came with a free satchel!
So it seems we’ve done it! A great looking, versatile, timeless watch at a great price with a great warranty. You can have it all! Though I’m still waiting to hear from Duncan regarding its percussive compatibility.