I just graduated from college, and accepted my first job (business). I'll be working in an office, and want a watch (my first watch)... I want something quality, but not pretentious ( a rolex on a college grad makes them seem spoiled or like a materialistic douche... in my opinion)... So for someone not familiar with watches what is a good watch for an entry level male. I'd prefer to spend under $650, so any ideas.
I inherited a Rolex when I was in college. Never got the rub about being spoiled on my first few jobs. (On a side note, it's actually a good thing for employers to view you as wealthy because then they think you won't be totally subservient to them like say, a working or middle class lad trying to pull his weight, and will think of you more as equals.)
Anyhow, it depends on what you want. If you like something that looks classy to be wearing a suit all day, you'll want a Rolex lookalike watch (Seiko makes a few for say, $120-160 methinks). If you like something more practical, you might like something like a Victorinox Swiss Army watch. I have this and a Nike sports watch I bought oh, 4 years ago, and they're the watches I use most of the time. Rolex is for the special occasions.
I was in BJ's wholesale club this weekend and they had a nice $1000+ Tag Hauer for $550. If I needed to spend a ridiculous amount of money to know what time it was, that is the brand I would likely invest in.
I wear an Emporio Armani watch with a white face which I bought for about $450 and a Seiko with a black face that was around $320. both very high quality (in my opinion). I've had the Seiko for about 7 years now and the face is very scratch resistant. still looks very new. I like them both quite a bit and can't see myself feeling the need for a new watch for quite a while.
For business, I'd go with a Seiko watch as a 'starter' watch. The past few years I've been more privy to the Invicta Lupah series, since I'm in a less formal setting and they're pretty inexpensive and customizable with what I'm wearing. For what you're looking for, though, Seiko is a good place to look.