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post #30871 of 48312
I have to admit it looks bad ass. I have two Explorer IIs (weird phase), one polar (white dial) and one black dial.

I figure obviously it'd be more versatile to have a BLNR and one of those Explorers, but would be super sad to get rid of the black dial. I think it's very understated. The white dial is more unique, however. (My wife and I are purchasing a new house, so timing wouldn't be too kosher to get a third rolex!) I could just stay put and focus on SLP instead. heh
post #30872 of 48312
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Said stitchy, always.

i did not say that about the LV watch a little bit ago. smile.gif
post #30873 of 48312

Ha, touche.

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So i'm intrigued by the "okay to enter a new price range". I'm pretty new to this. Very modest collection. But I am sure that, irrespective of depth of pocket, most of us who aren't single will have the issue about getting another watch through the house committee. Does it get easier over time? For example, is there a tipping point at which it goes from "what the f-do you need another watch for?" to "OK, it's his hobby, he's a collector, I understand"? Five watches? Seven? Or does the resistance increase exponentially?

Just be equally supportive of her hobbies and interests (meaning you also commit to spend at the same level to support hers as yours). I do get a lot of "another one?!" with the watches and guitars, which is annoying, so I just stopped telling her. I buy a card, write a nice note and put a check in it to her equal to the amount of what I spent.
post #30875 of 48312
TC is right, in addition let her have what she wants. You get what you want, simples.

We have the pleasure of celebrating our 25th year of marriage this September, I was a child bride groom!
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So i'm intrigued by the "okay to enter a new price range". I'm pretty new to this. Very modest collection. But I am sure that, irrespective of depth of pocket, most of us who aren't single will have the issue about getting another watch through the house committee. Does it get easier over time? For example, is there a tipping point at which it goes from "what the f-do you need another watch for?" to "OK, it's his hobby, he's a collector, I understand"? Five watches? Seven? Or does the resistance increase exponentially?

Interesting conversation here...I think anytime you have a potentially expensive hobby (and here I'm thinking not only of money but of time, too), that becomes a potential point of conflict with a spouse/significant other. When I was concentrating on building my bespoke wardrobe I had to be very circumspect and careful about my expenditure to get it past the wife. Now I've moved on to watches, points of discussion/conflict are somewhat more spaced out, mostly because the watches I'm interested in now are so many greater multiples of the cost of jacket or suit that the waiting period is now several years rather than months (I now almost exclusively use an off-Row tailor outside London who has much lower overheads and a smaller operation to maintain, so I'm not talking about £5K Huntsman-level bespoke!). I have friends/family who are very passionate about sports or gaming or some other time consuming past-time - and this garners a similar level of ire from spouses/SOs/partners who don't fully share their interests.
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My wife's family is still really against it, outside of her brother. That's probably the biggest issue. I see people on here getting very nice gifts from their in-laws and I'm pretty jealous, I don't even get a "nice watch" compliment from mine. I even get grief from my family. I suppose I come from a bit different background in terms of watches than most on here judging by posts; I'm really the first person in my family who has an interest in watches, and certainly the first who was willing to spend money on them. My wife knew it made me happy, but didn't really get it. She recently put a NOMOS on her wrist, and hasn't taken it off, which I think helped her understand the whole thing a bit more. So now my budget for one piece has changed, but I'm compromising on how I raise the funds so it isn't as tough a pill to swallow for her. I'm sure everyone has a different story and a different path though, and I suspect I may be in the minority, but I could be wrong.

I'm also trying to convince Nuke to grab the big pieces now while he is single as I think it's a lot easier versus when married, assuming you have the income to support that pursuit.

Different families prioritise spending of disposable income in so many different ways, to some extent moderated by socio-economic background, etc. I am very conscious of the fact that my wife and I are from upper income families, because many of our friends are not and would not necessarily think that my hobbies in particular are..."normative" or normal. I almost never mention my interest in bespoke or watches to our friends, because it's something few of them would appreciate/understand. As it is, within our families there are very different attitudes to how disposable income should be dealt with; my family is more inclined to indulge hobbies like watch collecting, bespoke clothing and jewellery, art collecting, etc. My father for example is a serial art collector and loves bespoke furniture, while my uncle is a huge WIS whose large collection of complicated Pateks and gold/platinum Rolexes would put even Frills to shame wink.gif ...My wife's family is much more practically minded; they sink their disposable income into properties and world travel, and try to pay the minimum for clothing, watches, etc.
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I just can't get past the polished center links and the Maxi/Super case. Granted that bezel helps to distract me from those things, but in the long run I think they are more likely to irritate me than to grow on me. Still a very cool bezel and a more legible dial.

I must confess, I still don't quite get the hatred of polished centre links? Did I miss something?
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Academe, I hope you are very close with that uncle.
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Academe, I hope you are very close with that uncle.

Sadly he has a son who loves watches... frown.gif
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Polished center links: I just don't like them on a tool watch. I view the GMT as a tool watch. It just seems incongruent to me.

Convincing the wife: unlike TC and cleav, my better half gets equally upset when I spend large sums of money on her. I had to convince her in to letting me buy her pearls in Bora Bora. I spent less than I would have preferred on her rings because I know she would freak out. I'm also incapable of bending the truth with my wife, I just can't do it. I try, but I always come clean. The one thing we both agree to spend big bucks on is travel. If traveling wasn't so important to me, my watch collection would look a lot different. And bespoke gets me in a lot of trouble too, and I'm just a small timer at Ercole's.
post #30881 of 48312
I realize this is a question of personal taste, but for me there is nothing in the current Rolex line up that I like more than what was in their line up 10 or 15 years ago. I'd take a 16710 Pepsi over that GMT above any day and at half the price too.
post #30882 of 48312
Big +1. Same goes for IWC for me.
post #30883 of 48312
I agree with the both of you. The new bracelet is nice though, finish aside.
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TC is right, in addition let her have what she wants. You get what you want, simples.

We have the pleasure of celebrating our 25th year of marriage this September, I was a child bride groom!

Only 7 years for me and mine next month. I was late to the marriage party...
post #30885 of 48312
Certainly some interesting thoughts on collecting watches, getting approval from the Mrs., and sports cars and how others perceive cars vs. watches.

As for wives, choose wisely. You guys are on your own with that. I guess I lucked out, Mrs. Dino wanted to learn more about the things that interested me (largely watches & cars). While my wife is generally into jewelry more than watches, she has learned quite a bit about watches and various brands. She appreciates that top brands have a lot of hand workmanship, that unlike many products that are disposable (TVs, electronics, average cars) if taken care of watches can last a lifetime and be passed into future generations. My wedding gift from her was a black dial 16570 Explorer 2, a later birthday gift was a SubLV, and more recently she gave the go ahead on the RO Jumbo (it was partly a belated 10th anniversary gift from her). Her big thing was, if we have the $, she just wants to be involved in the process both the decision and the shopping... She doesn't want to be left out of it or have me making secret purchases. Everyone is different, but sometimes secret purchases can be a source of strife once discovered by a spouse (I've seen it with a friend).

As for cars vs watches, it's interesting to me that some people are just watch guys, some are just car guys, and then there are a few people who appreciate both. Interestingly, the pure watch guys and pure car guys rarely appreciate the other sides hobby, each often seeing the other's hobby as showy and a waste.

However, there are similarities such as appreciating precision high quality machinery, things that are beautiful, things that if taken care of can last a life time, and it's possible to make great friends with spoke that are interested in the same products.

Since most of you already know what you like and appreciate about watches, but may overlook with cars... I'll just mention a few things. Really nice sports cars are not any more akin to a basic Nissan than a Patek is skin to a basic Walmart watch. The way the accelerate, take corners, sound and the way they put a smile on ones face when carving up a back road, is often nothing like a basic get from point A to point B cars. It's something one has to personally experience to appreciate their vast differences. If you haven't then there are intangible qualities that a non car person isn't going to appreciate or knows exists.

In addition, some of the nicest, most down to earth guys I've met were car guys. They are all about meeting up on a Sunday morning for coffee to chat about cars, going for drives in scenic roads with other car friends, and are always willing to help with a project or loan others tools or other car related products. Most guys I've met are not about showing off. Sure there are jerks that are all about showing off, but I'm sure we've all seen people wearing blinged out gold Day-Dates worn by people who know little about watchers & choose them just as a display of wealth.

In the end I've had fun with both hobbies, and made lots of great friends in both. Therefore, even if I could have one amazing watch if I got rid of the cars, or one amazing car if I got rid of the watches... I enjoy both hobbies and the people involved in both hobbies. I really appreciate being involved in both worlds, and the group of diverse friends I've gained from each.
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