Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has…
Time For A Major Grail Upgrade
In the world of watches, Rolex is the name that’s the most synonymous with horological luxury. From the epitomous Presidental watch to the on understated Air King, Rolex needs no introduction. After an entire life (ok, 33 years),I’ve finally stepped into the world of Rolex, c/o of WatchBox (home of the most extensive preowned luxury watches).
As much as this is a grail timepiece, there was more than selecting this watch than brand (it was a major factor) like: case size, dial color and bracelet design). Plus, the opportunity to pass this watch & my watch collection down to my son Hendrix brings a smile to my face.
Ulta Smart Casual (w/ a luxe twist)
Datejust 1603 Watch 36mm (dark grey sunburst dial) – Rolex via WatchBox | Hat – Dobbs 1908 | Jacket – Zara
There’s something to be said for getting the most value out of anything. IMO, when it comes to watches, understated is the way to go. In the world of Rolex, the options go from vintage to ultra ornate and many in-between. As someone who’s style toes all-lines from sportswears, streetwear to traditional tailored menswear, having a watch that can flawless transition through each style is a must.
So Why Go With A Rolex Datejust 1603 Watch
As someone that’s been a lifelong watch-wearer, I’ve fallen victim to trends — oversized, overly complicated and too technical. With bit of age and wisdom under my belt, I’ve come to understand simplicity and even more surprisingly, sizing down are the key to an extremely versatile timepiece.
When it came to choosing my first Rolex, I immediately decided to size down from my standard 38/40mm timepieces — to a 36mm. Reason being, a smaller watch becomes a chameleon accessory. It stands out when exposed, but, doesn’t detract from an outfit.
It’s to be said that once you purchase a Rolex or any luxury timepiece, it’s best to read up on the lingo before you go around acting like an expert on watches.
My Favorite Details
- Sunburst dark grey dial: the variation in color, depending upon the light, makes this watch a chameleon of an accessories. It’s EXTREMELY wearable
- 36mm case: this might be the most controversial reason to select this watch because guys most often think, BIGGER IS Better in watches. With a smaller case, there’s a sense of understated elegance that a luxury watch should exude (especially if it’s your first one)
- Jubilee bracelet: extremely light, elegant and versatile enough to be worn with a t-shirt or a tailored suit
Why It Works With This Look
With a mix of classic elements like the green felt fedora and black & white spectator wingtip shoes with a leather baseball jacket, the watch blends both aesthetics. Think, less is more.
Datejust 1603 Watch 36mm (dark grey sunburst dial) – Rolex via WatchBox | Tattersall Suit – Men’s Style Pro x Moda Matters | Coat – David Hart x Gap | Chocolate Brown Double Monkstrap Loafers – Paul Evans
Dressing for the job that you want. We’ve all heard the old-saying and I’ve kind of lived by that rule during my entire professional career. Until, I was my own boss.
Paired with a tailored suit, this watch has a true chance to shine. However; instead of standing out for its luxury quality, it stands out as a grounding piece for this look. From a detail perspective, the hour markings and the crown are gold/yellow, which picks up the color of the suit too.
Datejust 1603 Watch 36mm (dark grey sunburst dial) – Rolex via WatchBox | Colorblock Loafer – G.H. Bass | Car — Lincoln Continental at Art Basel 2019
Speaking of grails, one of my dreams was to visit Miami for Art Basel. Fortunately, I was invited this year by the team from Jack Daniels. With vibrant murals, eye-popping installations and ultra fly people, the want to dress and style yourself over the top is rather apparent.
Of course, I opted a few highly graphic shirts, loafers and fedora — so, adding the Rolex 1603 was nod to understanding when to be understated. The overall goal, your watch shouldn’t be competing for attention with your outfit.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM