A good suit is half the battle won in the boardroom but what really separates the boys from the men is a classic gentleman’s watch. Long the emblem for status and wealth, iconic timepieces — whether vintage or modern— have been known to tell more than just time. It also tells the world who you are.

The boardroom is perhaps the most important place you want to make an impression at, but tethering the line between standing out and going overboard has been a game few have mastered. The stoic setting of a boardroom usually calls for measure subtlety, and for that, a refined timepiece that shows quality, class and heritage — in a restrained but unique way — is most ideal.

Here are some classic watches that’ll get you the stamp of approval by not only the who’s who in the industry, but also the connoisseurs and collectors outside of the boardroom.