Save your cash for that island vacation and pick up an inexpensive watch that’s outside the box.
There’s something to be said for the milestone watch—one that might cost a couple paychecks but proves you’ve made it. Hold on to that, if only to remind you of the time you thought you’d “made it.” But once you’ve got a few good watches, get one you can use without treating it like a 401(k). A knockaround watch you can wear to the beach, or in a game of pickup basketball. Something plastic that’s as bright as the paint job on a ’70s-era Porsche and something that says you’re not about to enter a, um, “tick-measuring” contest over the size of your hardware. When Bill Gates sports a Casio, the smart money says there’s power in plastic. But don’t wear one because he does—wear one because you don’t have anything to prove.
From top Attack watch by Swatch; the Time Teller P by Nixon; Poptastic Sport Multifunction by Fossil; Military Colour by G-Shock; Protector by G-Shock; Sistem Frog by Swatch.