The Exciting Symbiotic World of Watches and SneakersBy Michael Weare
250 years ago, the well-heeled male was a proud peacock, flaunting coats and vests of elaborate hue and patterns. His Hessian boots were of the finest leather and boasted ornate tassels. By 1760, young men, fastidious in their choice of attire, were referred to as Dandies or Macaroni’s as the trend is believed to have first started in London’s Macaroni Club. Here privileged young Englishmen, fresh from a tour of Italy, would show off their purchases of fine silks, cottons, and exquisite lace ruffles, silk stockings and shoes with red heels. Gold-knobbed, tasseled walking sticks completed the look, and these were used purely for show and to knock upon the aristocratic portals of Regency London as a Gentleman caller.
It’s all a far cry from the Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg philosophy to wear the same basic outfit everyday so as not to waste precious time thinking about what to wear.
In the 21st century men live in a deeply toned down world. The suit is of sober colors; dark grey, charcoal, black, or a deep blue. It’s conservatively cut, designed not to be flamboyant or eye catching but to blend in. The shoes are leather and invariably simple and black. The only opportunity for a splash of color is with the tie, but even that is muted and often mono hued. And with the advance in working from home, have things improved? No, they have not. The so-called lounge wear is still predominately black, dark blue, white or a shade of light or dark grey.
Hence, it’s not surprising that some men yearn for more. One of the few ways a man can stand out these days is in his choice of watch wear and his casual shoe wear on the weekends.
Although fashion aficionados may state that sports shoes should stay on the tennis or basketball court, the rise of the sneaker has indeed snuck up on us. According to Statista, the 2021 US athletic footwear market is estimated to be worth more than $21 billion, with the resale sneaker market standing at over US$2 billion.
And in the past two decades, the demand for hot new sneakers has overtaken the demand for watches.
The modern-day peacock does not promenade the town or take a tour to Italy to purloin his watches and sneakers. No, he is couch bound in his Nike or Reiss sweatpants and tee shirt at home checking out what’s crucial on eBay, the marketplace with troves of inventory breadth and depth. With a global treasure trove of prized items to choose from, some pre-loved, some brand new, some exceedingly rare, high priced, low priced, and crazily priced, there’s simply no inventory quite like eBay’s.
eBay has been around since 1995, but the perception that it’s full of dodgy dealers and fake products is almost as outdated as Regency Gentleman callers.
eBay has taken giant strides to ensure products bought and sold are verified authentic, and implementing their new Authenticity Guarantee service for all watches sold above $2,000 in the US ensures they are genuine and that traders must stick to clearly defined rules and regulations. The same applies to sneakers retailing over $100 too. They have to be every bit as authentic to be sold on eBay. In fact, eBay recently celebrated a milestone of 1 million authenticated items across watches, sneakers and handbags. And, with the new escrow service, eBay provides an additional level of protection to buyers and sellers for luxury watches over $10,000. A trusted third party Escrow.com, holds the funds securely until the transaction is complete.
Matching Watches With Sneakers
Both sneakers and watches happily break the rules when it comes to monotony in color and hue. Today, for both men and women, these prized items are a great way to express a true sense of style. There has developed a symbiotic relationship between sneakers and watches whereby the colorways of one can be made to complement the colorways of the other. It may be no accident that the market worth of both product categories is so close. Both sneakers and watches these days have fancy titles, and both come in a range of iterations to give you plenty of choice. Limited editions and celebrity partnerships are hugely popular in both product categories, and they often sell out before you can put your trigger finger to the mouse or button.
Where watches experiment with exotic metals and ceramics, sneakers continually push the envelope with new breathable and supremely flexible and comfortable fabrics. Both are pure eye candy to the collector, and when you can match the sneaker to the watch it’s a win-win situation.
Here we have put together a few examples of how you can enjoy the pleasures of both sneaker and watch purchasing. In all cases the watches cost considerably more than the sneakers, so you can gauge just how many sneakers are being bought to outpace watches. Here we go.
1. Air Jordan 5 Retro Oreo & TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition
Nike’s Air Jordan V model has always been one of Michael Jordan’s most iconic silhouettes, and the Jordan 5 Oreo is a top seller on eBay. Made from white premium leather, the retro pair comes equipped with MJ’s signature Jumpman logo embroidered in silver stitching on the tongue and white on the back heel. More on eBay.
We have matched the Oreo’s with George Bamford’s collaboration with TAG Heuer on the new titanium Aquaracer. The size of the watch at 43mm and is super light on the wrist. The lightweight case has been enhanced with a titanium unidirectional rotating bezel with 60-minute scale and is 300 meters water resistant. It is powered by TAG Heuer Calibre 5 with 38 hours of power reserve. There’s a near mint model available on eBay. More on eBay.
2. Bodega X New Balance 990v3 & H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar
Award-winning fashion boutique chain Bodega and New Balance’s partnership has seen the duo releasing highly covetable sneakers for several years now. The latest to emerge is this handsome earthy colored suede and mesh sneaker with a strong dose of old school cool celebrating the Boston-based boutique’s 15th anniversary with an exclusive 990v3, appropriately titled “Here to Stay.” More on eBay.
The Bodega x New Balance 990v3’s streamlines beautifully with the Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar with its warm shades of grey and rose gold. This watch has a Fumé dial and one the most ingenious and intuitive complications. Featuring an instantaneous date change function, the HC 341 hand-wound movement has an incredible power reserve of 168 hours. The watch comes on a brown Kudu leather strap with an 18k rose gold deployant buckle. Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date and power reserve indicator. More on eBay.
3. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Hyper Royal & Patek Philippe Aquanaut Advanced Research 18K White Gold Ref. 5650G Double Sealed
Launched in April 2021, this newish Air Jordan release comes in a snow white smooth leather base trimmed with baby blue suede overlays to create a faded “Hyper Royal” tone. But there’s also some newly revealed contrast stitching about the construction, its thread hued dark in a shade more akin to a deep blue, and it’s this tiny detail that echoes the majesty of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Advanced Research model chosen to pair with the sneakers. More on eBay.
Speaking of royal, you will need to be if you wish to match your Air Jordan Hyper Royals with this stunning watch from Patek Philippe. This is currently one of the most expensive watches available on eBay. This stunning piece is worthy of an entire lengthy article in its own right, but in brief, the Ref. 5650G Aquanaut features two important innovations in the field of horology. First, the watch has an optimized Spiromax balance spring made of Silinvar; with patented terminal curve and inner boss to ensure greater precision. Second, it has a compliant (flexible) mechanism crafted from conventional horological steel used to set the second time zone in time-zone watches. More on eBay.
4. Asics Evoride Running/Gym Workout Shoes & Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Flying Double Tourbillon
This running shoe from Japanese brand Asics comes in a classic black and grey colorway with orange detailing that beautifully matches the black and orange mood of the Roger Dubuis Flying Double Tourbillon. This running shoe has extra supportive areas around both the ankle and the heel and is designed specifically for heavy workouts or long pavement pounding runs. Combined with its cushioned and supportive shock absorbing Flytefoam midsole cushioning, Asics has delivered a superior running experience. More on eBay.
We have matched the Asics EvoRide with the high-end and strictly limited Excalibur Spider Flying Double Tourbillon from independent Swiss watch making maestros Roger Dubuis. It’s often said that fast cars and expensive watches go hand in hand, but it’s not difficult to see how well this outrageous watch also syncs with the EvoRide sneakers. This 47mm masterpiece, limited to just 28 pieces, features a black DLC titanium case. The sides of the case feature over-molded orange rubber that gives the case a sporty, racy look. The bezel is black DLC titanium too, and so is the crown. The crown is also rimmed by orange rubber to add contrast and add to the overall athletic appearance of the watch. With expert skeletonizing and not one, but two tourbillons. Stand by to dig deep. More on eBay.
5. Adidas Yeezy Boost V2 Blue Tint & Grand Seiko Power Reserve Spring Drive
The sneakers Kanye West claimed to have ‘jumped over the jumpman.’ These so popular it’s ridiculous and virtually impossible to get hold of adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Blue Tints are made up of a primeknit based upper and feature the “Zebra” like striped pattern across the upper. These shoes also feature adidas’ now famous Boost cushioning that became the go-to for many sneakerheads over the past few years due to their incredible comfort. More on eBay.
Drool worthy. See how this glorious, good condition pre-owned Spring Drive Grand Seiko co-ordinates perfectly with the Yeezys. Oozing dramatic wrist presence, and equipped with probably the finest, most accurate movement ever to come out of Japan, the idea behind Grand Seiko is to create watches as close to perfection as possible from start to finish. With a 3-day power reserve and a power reserve indicator on the bottom left of the dial showing the amount in reserve, lucky owners can enjoy a clear view of the movement through the see-through case back. More on eBay.
6. Louis Vuitton Luxembourg & Cartier Calibre Pink Gold Automatic
100% authentic, and they come with their original dust bags. Do sneakers get any more superior than those made by Louis Vuitton? Ultimate one-upmanship in the world of cool kicks. The Luxembourg trainer exudes both simplicity and snobiety with their understated silhouette. More on eBay.
If you’re going to step out with Louis Vuitton sneakers, you must make sure your wristwear is up to standard too. The 42mm Cartier Calibre watch is the perfect choice for the modern man in search of a functional watch that can be worn every day. Masculine and chunky, the Cartier Calibre works equally well with business attire or while attending smart-casual events. Note how well it complements the luxury LV’s. More on eBay.
7. Adidas EQT Support Primeknit “Shenron” Dragon Ball Z & Rolex Daytona Diamond Rainbow Edition
What a name, but also, what a sneaker. Shenron, in case you’re unaware, is a magical dragon from the manga Dragon Ball, as well as the animes Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and other manga literature. This prime knit sneaker adopts the vivid green color scheme of the dragon with the textured stripes on the upper imitating his scales. Yellow and red detailing on the heel represent Shenron’s underbelly. The sneaker also features Dragon Ball Z-branded insoles. More on eBay.
If you can carry off the bright green, yellow, orange and black of the adidas Shenron sneakers, you’re ready for the ultimate bling accessory from Rolex. Some years ago, Rolex decided to create a super deluxe pave jewel encrusted version of the legendary Rolex Daytona chronograph, and make it rainbow colored statement piece. While not being to everyone’s taste, it has remained popular among well healed collectors to this day. Combining the illumination of rainbow jewels with rose gold Rolex architecture, the Cosmograph Daytona was created to master the speed of timekeeping by featuring a chronograph, a 30-minute counter, and stop-seconds for precise time settings. It comes with a 40mm rose gold case that has a screw-down case back, a scratch-resistant sapphire, and features a bejewelled 18K rose gold bezel. More on eBay.