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Picking The Perfect Watch For Your Job Interview

Once you’re getting ready for a giant job interview, the way you current your self is the whole lot. You gotta brush these enamel, youngsters. Shine these sneakers. And present your would-be employer that you simply imply enterprise by sporting precisely the fitting watch.

This goes double (triple? quintuple?) if you happen to’re making an attempt to work right here at HODINKEE, the place “what’s in your wrist?” is a extra widespread greeting than “hey,” “hello,” or “hi there.” So we thought it might be enjoyable to point out you what a bunch of us wore in that make-or-break second. Every of us has a distinct story, a distinct watch, and a distinct motive behind the selection. And all of us acquired the job! 

Sanders Poe, Consumer Providers Coordinator

Sanders in his daily-driver, an Oris Aquis Date. To see his interview watch, hold studying. 

“I wore my Tudor 75203 Prince Oysterdate. It is what I name my ‘Marriage ceremony Watch.’ I wore it the day I acquired married, and nonetheless solely put on it on particular events. So, clearly I needed to put on it to my HODINKEE interview. Now each time I put on it, I consider two of the very best days ever: The day I acquired married and the day I joined HODINKEE!”

Wrist shot of Sanders' Tudor.

Sanders’ interview watch, a Tudor 75203 Prince Oysterdate.

Chelsea Beeler, Enterprise Operations Supervisor

Portrait of Chelsea.

Chelsea in her two-tone Rolex Datejust 1601 with a leather-based strap.

“I wore a two-tone Datejust 1601 (I consider from the late ’70s). This watch belonged to my great-grandfather and was given to me by my dad after I began actually moving into watches in early 2018. I wore it to my interview as a result of it is a scorching watch and I wished to provide the impression I wasn’t messing round!”

Wrist shot of Chelsea's Rolex.

On the watch she wears on the common: “I swap it up relying on my temper. Typically it is a Tudor Black Bay 58; at present it is a teeny tiny two-tone ‘girl’ Datejust.”

Jeremy Diaz, Logistics Coordinator

Portrait of Jeremy.

Jeremy in considered one of his day-to-day watches, an Omega Speedmaster Date. His interview watch is under.

“I wore an Oris Huge Crown – Small Seconds & Reverse Pointer Date. This watch has at all times fascinated me with the issues that had been crammed right into a tiny 34mm case (and with an exhibition caseback, at that). Of my whole assortment, that is probably the watch I am going to by no means commerce or promote. I purchased it when my son was born so I that I might repair it up and sooner or later have one thing to move right down to him. It is also a birth-year watch, so there’s a lot happening there.”

Wrist shot of Jeremy's Oris.

Jeremy’s interview watch.

Wrist shot of Jeremy's everyday watch, a Hamilton.

One other of Jeremy’s on a regular basis watches – a Hamilton Khaki 38.

Victor Boccarossa, Gross sales Director – Model Partnerships

Portrait of Victor.

Victor in his Apple Watch.

“Apple Watch. I wore it to my interview as a result of I really feel prefer it’s a real reflection of who I’m and what I like to do exterior of household and work (being energetic, taking part in sports activities, and so forth.). Provided that I used to be interviewing for a gross sales place, I additionally wore it as a result of, if requested, I might communicate to my sports activities background and aggressive nature. Aside from that, I additionally adore it as a result of the ‘train notifications’ and ‘compete’ options assist me keep in contact with my 21-year-old nephew in school and personal outdated school buddies. My nephew and I are fairly shut. And since I’ve two daughters (the plan was to have two sons), seeing his exercises provides me the prospect to carry on to my youth though it is clearly slipping away! I really like being a woman dad, however on a deeper degree he is kinda just like the son I by no means had. With my associates and outdated school buddies it provides us the prospect to relentlessly child one another about our diminishing exercises and athletic skills.”

Wrist shot of Victor's Applewatch.

Taylor Lex, Account Supervisor

Portrait of Taylor wearing his Cartier Tank.

Taylor and his actually elegant Cartier Tank

“I wore a Cartier Tank. It is simply actually elegant.”

Allison Farraye, Model Advertising Supervisor

Portrait of Allison in her Cartier Tank Française.

Allison in her Cartier Tank Française

“I wore my gold and metal Cartier Tank Française. Bought from my former employer, 1st Dibs, it was the primary actual watch I’ve ever owned (past a Fossil J12 knockoff). Admittedly, I bought it since all of my different coworkers wore watches and I felt ignored. Though the interview was carried out over video, with an opportunity nobody would even see it, I wished to sign I used to be engaged. It was an indication that though I’ve by no means labored within the watch world, I revered HODINKEE and what they represented – a world for watch fanatics. In my second spherical, I wore the watch once more. I ended up speaking about all of the earlier iconic Tank wearers – Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Diana.”

Mark Hackman, Watch Purchaser

Portrait of Mark.

Mark wears his father-in-law’s 1675 Rolex GMT. 

“I wore my late father-in-law’s 1675 Rolex GMT with a black bezel. It was given to me by my spouse once we had been relationship and is the watch answerable for sending me down the horological rabbit gap. Clearly, speaking about watches could be a part of the interview and I wished to point out my ardour and information for watches, hoping it might set me aside from different candidates. The watch not solely labored as a pleasant speaking level within the interview, however the particular person interviewing me was sporting the fashionable model of the watch. The watch will not be the rationale I earned the job, but it surely definitely didn’t damage.”

Wrist shot of Mark's interview watch.

Wrist shot of Mark wearing a Breguet, his day to day watch.

Today, Mark’s sporting a Breguet Kind XXI 3810ST/92/SZ9 on the common.

Myles Kusaba, Purchaser – Luxurious

Portrait of Myles.

Myles in his funky Nick Mathis “Dick Tracy” watch. 

“For my preliminary interview, I wore this Dick Tracy-inspired watch, which I bought again in 2018 from a crowd-funded marketing campaign put collectively by an industrial designer/artist named Nick Mathis. Certainly one of my earliest reminiscences of coveting a watch was after seeing the 1990 film Dick Tracy, with Warren Beatty taking part in the titular detective. Apart from his distinctive yellow fedora and matching coat, his two-way radio wrist watch was his signature type aspect. I wore this watch as a result of it encompasses the whole lot I really like and respect about watches at present. It has fantastic thing about design, but additionally operate, and maybe most significantly, it evokes some nostalgia for me. It is also price declaring that this watch first appeared in a Dick Tracy comedian in January of 1946, having been invented by the character’s creator/illustrator Chester Gould – who primarily based it on a tool that he had seen within the workshop of Al Gross, the famed engineer and two-way radio pioneer. One might even make the argument that this watch is the ancestor of the AppleWatch.

Myles' interview watch, inspired by Dick Tracy.

“I put on an AppleWatch just about daily, largely for the well being capabilities. I additionally put on a ‘regular’ watch however, although considerably inconsistently. At the moment this Grand Seiko Heritage Quartz mannequin is seeing a number of wrist time. Since I purchase from a number of manufacturers and have common conferences with their folks, the AppleWatch permits me to remain impartial. I suppose I might evaluate it to, say, having 10 youngsters, and both at all times protecting 10 images in my pockets or having a photograph of my canine as a substitute. (Do folks nonetheless carry images of their wallets?)”

Wrist shot of a Grand Seiko.

A Grand Seiko that is seeing a number of present wrist time.

Geneva Lewis, Workplace Supervisor

Portrait of Geneva.

Geneva poses together with her gifted Tissot Carson. 

“I wore my Tissot Carson that was gifted to me by my husband for our wedding ceremony, as a result of he was the one who inspired me to use for the job – and I wished to deliver a bit of him with me for my large interview.” 

Sean Egan, Merchandising Assistant – Classic

Portrait of Sean.

Sean in a Rolex GMT ‘Root Beer,’ which he wears commonly. 

“My first job in watches was working at a multi-brand boutique. Like all of those shops which are fortunate sufficient to hold Rolex, the crown comprised about 50 p.c of our enterprise. That meant if you happen to had been a salesman making an attempt to make your objective, you probably did your finest to remain behind the Rolex counter. Nonetheless, the coverage (at the very least at my retailer) was that if you happen to had been going to promote Rolex, you needed to put on a Rolex. There have been a pair of loaner watches however if you happen to had been on the late shift, you had been out of luck. So after a number of months of accelerating frustration, I did one thing that I recommend nobody ever do: I purchased a be careful of spite. This can be a little bit of hyperbole, I do love the linen dial and smaller Rolex brand – it is a Datejust, and you may see it, under.

“Quick-forward to after I landed the interview with HODINKEE. I had a little bit of a freakout about which watch I ought to put on (understandably, I feel). I made a decision on the Datejust for a few causes: There are many particulars to speak about, it is classic, and it was the ‘nicest’ watch I had. In any case, after transferring to HODINKEE, the watch languished in storage till a buddy of 20 years was making preparations for his wedding ceremony and requested if he might borrow a watch to put on on his glad day. I used to be more than pleased to lend him the Datejust. After the marriage, I seen that I wasn’t sporting the watch and that it was a reminder of a not-so-great job. So I went and acquired it engraved with the {couples}’ initials and date, and I despatched the watch to LA.”

Sean's former Rolex Datejust.

The Rolex Datejust that Sean wore to his interview. 

Charles Emslie, Watchmaker

Portrait of Charles.

Charles together with his personal watch. 

“I wore the watch I made whereas I used to be in watchmaking college. I selected to put on it for instance of what I might do as a watchmaker, and I whereas I want I might have finished extra, I’m extremely happy with it.”

Caseback of Charles' watchmaking school watch.

Charles proudly exhibits the caseback of his self-made watch. 

Wrist shot of Charles' watch.

One other watch Charles wears commonly, his Breitling Chrono Callisto.

Ryan Stoz, Watch Technician II

Portrait of Ryan and his Brietling watch.

Ryan’s common watch is 1985 Omega Speedmaster Skilled 145.022. His interview watch is much much less widespread. See under.

“I wore my grandfather’s 1938 Hamilton Dodson particularly as a result of it’s the first watch I can attribute to sparking my curiosity in mechanical watches. I’m a really sentimental particular person, and this watch remembers fond reminiscences for me; I bear in mind discovering this watch tucked away in considered one of my grandfather’s dresser drawers after I was a child, winding it a little bit bit (whereas he appeared on cautiously and instructed me find out how to wind it), changing into mesmerized by the now operating seconds hand, listening to the tick tick tick because it got here again to life, and admiring the straightforward fantastic thing about the gold indices in opposition to the patinated dial. Due to this deep familial connection I’ve with the Hamilton, it was the one watch that actually made sense for me to put on whereas attending the interview.”

Wrist shot with a Speedmaster.

The H workplace has so many Speedys. 

Wrist shot of the Hamilton Dodson.

The interview watch in all its glory. 

Matt Elrod, Pricing Specialist

Portrait of Matt.

Matt within the Eighties Seiko Quartz he wore to his HODINKEE interview. 

“I wore a 1980’s Seiko Quartz. It’s particular to me. When my grandfather handed away, my grandmother opened his field of watches and requested if I want to have one. I didn’t have an curiosity in watches at that time and didn’t even look into the field. I requested her, ‘Which one did he put on most frequently?’ so she handed me the Seiko. It was not operating on the time. However some years later after I began changing into involved in watches, my future spouse shocked me by getting it mounted up, sized, and giving it to me as a present. I nonetheless marvel what different watches had been in my grandfather’s watch field and have requested round, however nobody appears to know.”

Wrist shot of the Seiko Quartz.

The watch Matt commonly wears: an Oris Divers Sixty-5.

Wrist shot of Matt's Oris Divers Sixty-Five.

A detailed up of Matt’s grandfather’s Seiko Quartz.

Pedro Vidal, Insurance coverage Supervisor

Portrait of Pedro.

Pedro in his day-to day Serica 5303.

“I wore my 2019 Serica W.W.W. WM Brown Version. I feel it is a traditional, well-made, understated instrument watch that may be applicable for any event, whether or not dressed up or dressed down. Additionally, this was a limited-edition collaboration between Serica and WM Brown (Matt Hranek) – who occurs to be associates with HODINKEE.”

Pedro's Serica.

Pedro’s Serica W.W.W. WM Brown Version.

Ed Panaccione, Pricing Specialist

Portrait of Ed.

Ed sporting his day-to-day watch, a Tudor Black Bay GMT.

“I wore my Tudor North Flag. It is a little bit unorthodox and funky, with out compromising on high quality or reputability. I would like to think about myself to be related in that approach!”

Tudor North Flag on wrist.

Ed’s Tudor North Flag on the wrist.

Veronica Rado, Built-in Advertising Supervisor – Model Partnerships

Portrait of Veronica.

Veronica and her IWC with the superbly vibrant strap. 

“I wore my IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (IW327009). I really like how substantial it feels on my wrist, with out being too overpowering. It would at all times maintain a particular place in my coronary heart as my first large funding piece.”

Wrist shot of the IWC.

Portrait of Guy.

For his interview, Man wore his classic Wittnauer. 

“I wore a classic Wittnauer. It has a pointy metal case with a gold engine-turned bezel and a dial that exhibits its age. It has a number of character!”

Wrist shot of the Wittaneur.

Guy's 1998 Atlanta Olympics Watch.

“I just lately acquired a 1996 Atlanta Olympics Swatch that is been spending a number of time on my wrist.”

Danny Milton, Senior Editor

Danny Milton admiring his watch.

A particular look ahead to Danny, his Rolex Submariner ref. 5513.

“That is my Rolex Submariner ref. 5513. This can be a watch with appreciable which means to me because it belonged to my grandfather. I’ve written about it fairly a bit on HODINKEE however I wore it to my interview, previous to penning any of these tales. This was a no brainer alternative for me and I bear in mind being proud to point out it off when requested what I had on my wrist.”

Wrist shot of Danny's Rolex.

“I rotate typically however swap largely between the Submariner, my GMT Grasp II, and my Rolex Explorer.”

Mark Wunsch, VP Engineering

Portrait of Mark.

Mark wears his first watch, an Apple Watch Collection 4. 

“I wore my Apple Watch Collection 4 as a result of I did not have another watch and knew little or no about watches earlier than becoming a member of the corporate. I used to be so scared to look like a philistine with it. I assumed, ‘I undoubtedly have to put on a watch although.'”

Wrist shot of Mark's Swatch.

Mark in his Sistem51 Summer season Version Swatch that was gifted to him by HODINKEE when he was employed. 

Amanda Brown, Consumer Providers Supervisor

Portrait of Amanda.

Amanda fortunately wears her Breitling Navitimer Twin-Sixty.

“I wore a Breitling Navitimer Twin-Sixty it is at all times been good luck and appears nice on.”

Amanda's Hever Squale jr. diver.

Amanda admires her commonly worn Hever Squale Jr diver. 

Wrist shot of the Omega.

What a crew, huh? If at this level you are daydreaming about working alongside these superb of us, you are in luck: We’re hiring. Take a look at the energetic listings on our job board.