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Has anyone here had to overcome a hesitancy to wear a Rolex on a regular basis because they were worried that it might give the wrong impression in the workplace?

For me, I work in an office setting full of engineers and other professionals, some with master's degrees and PhDs. But I have NEVER noticed anyone wearing a luxury watch. I wear a Speedmaster Automatic most days and I feel it flies under the radar and I don't feel self-conscience about it. I wonder if wearing a Rolex would give a bad impression though. But I really would like to buy and have a Rolex, but only if I could justify wearing it on a regular basis.

Am I being silly and over-concerned?

P.S. my boss doesn't even wear a watch and his boss wears an Apple Watch.
 

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I never had an ounce of hesitancy.....
I bought my first one a long time ago, but it was a stainless-steel Submariner.
I've never discussed the watches I wear with folks willy-nilly....may seem boring and pretentious.
However, the world is upside down and the LAST thing I'd worry about is which watch I was wearing.
Or if a bunch of nit-wits love it or resent it or even notice it at all.
You'l be fine....buy it and wear it!
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I've been wearing a Rolex at work for six months. As far as I can tell, nobody has noticed yet. That includes the handful of people I know to be watch guys. For my part, I was blissfully ignorant of a colleague having worn at TT DJ36 for 25 years until it peeked out from under his sleeve one day and I asked him about it.

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You'd be surprised how little people care about the watch you're wearing. The only people who notice are other watch geeks and thieves. Given your work place I really don't think a Rolex will stand out. Unless, of course, it's a blinged out gold Datejust with diamonds and fluted bezel.

People might not want to contribute to a person wearing a blinged out Day-Date who works at a nonprofit or place asking for donations. So I can understand not wanting to wear a watch like that in that situation.

If you do get one just don't be self conscious about it. Wear it like any other watch. If you keep staring at it throughout the day (I've been guilty of that), then people might notice you doing that. LOL. If you get a compliment on it just say thanks. If someone thinks it cost a lot of money just say I work hard and save for what I want. But either way, just enjoy that you can afford it and you like it. Wear it for you.
 

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Buy it, wear it, own them.

Do not be afraid. Once you wear a Rolex, doors will open and promotions will come your way. Walk tall and you will soon be ordering your engineers, PhD engineers around.

All the girls in the office will be admiring you and you will get request for dates from all the hot chicks.

Live the life of a Man of Rolex.
 

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You'd be surprised how little people care about the watch you're wearing. The only people who notice are other watch geeks and thieves. Given your work place I really don't think a Rolex will stand out. Unless, of course, it's a blinged out gold Datejust with diamonds and fluted bezel.

People might not want to contribute to a person wearing a blinged out Day-Date who works at a nonprofit or place asking for donations. So I can understand not wanting to wear a watch like that in that situation.

If you do get one just don't be self conscious about it. Wear it like any other watch. If you keep staring at it throughout the day (I've been guilty of that), then people might notice you doing that. LOL. If you get a compliment on it just say thanks. If someone thinks it cost a lot of money just say I work hard and save for what I want. But either way, just enjoy that you can afford it and you like it. Wear it for you.
This ^

Buy it and enjoy it.

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No.
Loving watches doesn't make one an elitist. It makes you a hobbyist. Regardless your wealth, enjoy your watch(es). If someone judges for your watch (in any regard), I'd rather think they're a shallow person.
You're on a watch forum OP, I'm going to opine that you're not into Rolex for the glory, but because it's a hell of a watch. Regardless, glory/hell of a watch, wear it proudly, you've earned it :)
 

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Thanks for the Pep talk!

Now I just have to decide on which one. I know where I can get an early '80s Blue Dial Turned Bezel Datejust or I save up for a 36mm OP Blue Dial 3-6-9 markers from an AD. I know there are pros and cons to each.
 

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Thanks for the Pep talk!

Now I just have to decide on which one. I know where I can get an early '80s Blue Dial Turned Bezel Datejust or I save up for a 36mm OP Blue Dial 3-6-9 markers from an AD. I know there are pros and cons to each.
There's also a blue dial Turnograph 116264, if you want something a little sporty in between the OP and DJ.

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I'm going to play the devil's advocate here and say ppl do notice it. I have a similar work environment with OP, there's this one technician that wears a modern sub. Everyone noticed it. Conversations were made about it behind his back, sometimes flattering, sometimes not. I regularly wear my Speedy to work, most ppl that noticed it are WIS ppl as well. No one noticed my Explorer ever. My colleague made a comment about my 5 digit sub the first day I wore it to work. He was seated next to me for lunch, figured the Rolex must be expensive, probably around one to two thousand dollars. I just smiled politely. So short answer, depends on which model. Some are more flashy, others fly under the radar.
 

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I wear my APRO at work. It’s good to rock a DGAF attitude sometimes.



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I have to admit that I'm starting to hesitate about such a purchase, too. I've seen nice watches at my office, like an Aquaracer, Navitimer, and (I think) a Speedy Reduced, at least. Saw another one on what looked like an Oyster bracelet but couldn't tell which model it was. And being in government work, luxury goods can draw a sideways glance because, well, where would I be getting the money if there are secrets to be sold?

So I doubt I'd get a yellow gold Day-Date or something as recognizable. Maybe a two-tone DJ would be kosher since it's so classic even though it's instantly recognizable.

The catch, of course, is that everyone knows Rolex is expensive, including non-watch-nerds; and even if they think it "costs a thousand bucks", although if they're way off, it's still an outrageous sum in their minds.

But... whatever. We'll choose what we choose, whether it's a Rolex, JLC, or something else.
 

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Hate to break it to you, but most people won’t care or won’t give it a second look. Only people that would are watch geeks or someone that is looking to steal it from you.
 

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An Oyster Perpetual, a 36 mm Explorer or a vintage Datejust on an oyster bracelet all fly under the radar and wouldn’t get noticed much. I would not get one of the more recent Datejusts with the polished center links or any of the models with a ceramic bezel or a jubilee bracelet. They really stand out.
 
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