My response did not suggest that it had been proposed that anyone live beyond their means or break their budget. I said I would not necessarily recommend a new collector buy the most expensive watch they could possibly afford. By quoting my post and leading with that point you were either attributing that claim to me or creating a straw man. Because I did not advance that proposition, nobody else advanced that proposition, and I doubt it is one which any remotely reasonable participant in this thread would advance.
My apologies if my brand comment threw you off, though I reject your characterization of my position on brand significance as "ranting". Tell me Frills, were the others advancing a contrary position ranting as well? It may well be that no-one believed my comments about branding - but when did they appoint you as their spokesperson?
In any event. My point was that buying the most expensive watch one possibly can IS generally good advice for someone for whom branding is the most important thing. I think we can both agree that such buyers exist within the broad realm of luxury products. For such a buyer, purchasing the most expensive watch he could possibly afford would achieve the goal of getting the most brand for his dollar.
Roger, I never said that anyone appointed me as a spokesperson. However, let it stand for the record that I am the only one - with the exception of Dino's post above - who directly told you that a number of us via private messages find some of your past posts logically inconsistent, rather relativistic, at times somewhat ridiculous and at some point a bit loony. Maybe it's better to have done it via private messaging. But perhaps - think about this - I'm the only one who cared to call you out like this versus just ignoring you or writing you off when you, well, go off on some (and let me phrase this carefully) "extended diatribe that might be perceived by others as, well, ranting."
I am trying my best to get this across as constructive feedback, but it is your decision as to how to interpret it. You can write off what I write completely and simply assume that you are always, always in the right in terms of what you say and how you say it, no matter which community member you might offend or put off. Or perhaps acknowledge that there is a small grain of truth in what I'm writing here. You don't even have to acknowledge it in public; just think about the possibility that I might actually have a point, that I am not attacking you, that I actually care about what you share, about what you have to say, and with how others respect you in our little TWAT-ty community.
That's your choice. This is the last time I'll call you out on anything I perceive to be, well, ranting.
Good points here, technically my watch budget could be $10k but at my age I think it's a waste of money when I could be earning the standard 20% or so I am getting in trading now. I am already wasting too much on shoes and should really not buy any but self control is weak when you see simply wholecuts in front of you that is customized to your feet. If I hold off on watches now for a few years I could then buy an A. Lange & Sohne or Patek which is what I really want. Which would be the smarter choice as nothing really has stood out to me. I wanted a Hamilton a few years ago out of high school but never bought it as I didn't really see the use. Been looking at watches the past few months online but again nothing really stood out. Guess it's probably better to wait until I know what I want, though I'm not sure I can figure that out without having a watch to wear daily
stevent, best wishes on the decision. My two cents? If your real desire is for a Patek or ALS then I fear that the current choices you laid out won't give you lasting satisfaction. But as you noted, perhaps you may want to invest in a cheaper piece to help you figure out what you want. Let us know how it goes!
I am a thoughtless, intellectually unsophisticated brand whore who likes spending tons of cash on blingy watches because I crave the attention of other people!
And more importantly - BOOM!