After a few watches and countless ranting here at the MAW-blog I’m met with a crisis. I really, really need a dress watch. Not the dress-complications; it should be a plain dress watch. Gold, black and white can be a killer combo but it all depends on where you place what. For some, black, silver and blue are better, but I prefer the first one. I keep business separate from pleasure, so I’m weighing between these three: a Citizen Eco-drive Stiletto Super Thin; a Hamilton Intra-Matic Automatic H38735751 and a  Seiko Mechanical SARB066 Cocktail Time. I would consider a Grand Seiko dress watch maybe some 20 years from now. It fits only the worthy.

However, gold and white is also fabulous with brown; one of my earlier purchases went everywhere I went in traditional clothes. It drew unwanted attention many times; that’s annoying at times. A plain one, I guess, shall hide well and open conversation only with an admirer of quality; hopefully, an adult.

Before you accuse me of arrogance (if you call that arrogance at all), also think what you might have done if asked to show repeatedly – mostly by too-young people, often 12 years or under – the marvels of the Calibre 8700. They somehow find it funny the way the hands move for one particular function; sometimes all or most of them. And this one has them amply. I don’t know if a collector or a connoisseur would do after the ordeal is over but I just love watches; it’s my fear of damaging it with overuse is also a reason behind adding a plain dress watch to my wardrobe. But gold it should be; and black; and white – light years away from the bling, the vulgarity and all its trends and flashiness. And it should last as much its makers – People with a history.

It is obvious Grand Seiko makes a far smarter choice but apart from the age (and class) factor, it’s also that the current budget won’t get me any. Also, not silver this time. Else this would do. Or this. At least they are not in the sorry state so many modern watches are going through despite their bourgeois price range. These look vintage (to be honest), got merits and pedigrees and nothing dubious between their performances and claims. To the unsuspecting buyer, the flashier is more tempting, but here I urge you too to resist and get a fine timepiece that will last and doesn’t cost a ton. They do not have as many add-ons as their cheap, designer counterparts, but I rather have one best thing than few good things at once.