How To Pick The Right Watch For The Races | Men's Health Magazine Australia

How To Pick The Right Watch For The Races

When you’re heading to the races, the little details are what elevate your look. From the pocket square that deftly echoes a colour in your shirt to a tie knotted with the perfect dimple, you need to nail the finer points.

finer points. That also applies to your timepiece. “Why ruin the magic with a watch that looks like it was an afterthought, or worse still, wasn’t thought of at all,” says Andrew McUtchen, founder of watch website

The bottom line: you need a dress watch. “A watch that wrestles with your cuff – i.e a sports watch, or oversized digital watch – is both uncomfortable and unhelpful if you’re trying to maintain your composure through the rigours of a day at the races,” McUtchen adds.

“This is where the slim case profile comes in. It’s more tasteful than a big brute of a watch.”

What exactly constitutes a dress watch is hard to define. But use this form guide to make sure you back a winner on your wrist.

  1. Case: Rectangular or round, in steel, gold or similar coloured metals
  2. Strap: Leather or metal bracelet; never nylon or rubber
  3. Functions: Keep it simple, technophiles – time and date are all you need; a moonphase complication at a push
  4. Dial: White, black, silver, blue or cream. That’s your choice, really
  5. Waterproof: Unnecessary, unless you’re rocking a wetsuit
  6. Budget: As with shoes, pay as much as you can afford (within reason)

Our Picks:

Omega De Ville Tresor – $8875

Omega Watch


Longines Master Moonphase – $3050

Longines Master Moonphase


Rado Golden Horse XL – $2750

Rado Golden Horse XL


Mido Baroncelli Chronometer Silicon – $1550

Mido Baroncelli Chronometer


TAG Heuer Carerra Calibre 5, Day-Date – $3750

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date

Tag Heuer

Tudo Glamour Double Date – $4110

Tudor Glamour Double Date


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