There are a lot of excuses for not wearing a watch, and none of them are any good: it gives me a tan line, I have a clock on my cell phone (cell phones aren’t water proof), I forgot it this morning; all bad excuses. If wearing a watch isn’t a good idea then why do I get asked for the time multiple times everyday? It also might explain why I am generally on time or early….I abhor being late.
When I was fourteen I bought a Skagen for $100. I’m pretty sure that was all the money I had, and it was worth every penny. Ten years later I still have it and wear it. That Skagen has accompanied me to twenty states, nine countries, and three continents. I have worn it to every important life event I have been a part of: weddings, funerals, and job interviews (of which I was only denied a job once).
If you haven’t figured it out yet I believe everyone should invest in a quality watch, and that doesn’t mean dropping two grand on a million jeweled movement chronograph. $100 will buy you a lot of watch and give you some wiggle room as far as what you want your watch to be. A digital watch gives you more options for timers and alarms, and are more likely to be accurate for the money, but I prefer analog watches. After starting grad school I decided that wearing my Skagen in the lab everyday might not be a great idea, so I purchased a Timex Expedition. Timex makes great watches at a great price and in multiple styles. If I were to ever buy a digital watch it would probably be a Casio G Shock.
You will have to decide what makes the best watch for you: analog, digital, band, and battery are all relevant parameters. Will you time your 5k? Or are you just trying to complete the look of a well fitting suit? I can’t tell you what you should wear, only that you need to wear one. If you already wear a watch please leave a note in the comments about what you wear and what you like about it.