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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2712post #40667 of 483122/6/15 at 7:44amQuote:
I feel like a freak for saying this amidst all the BLNR and Pepsi love...but I'd really like to see a modern "Coke"...I suspect that would be the one for me.post #40668 of 483122/6/15 at 7:53ampost #40669 of 483122/6/15 at 7:55ampost #40670 of 483122/6/15 at 7:57amOn a more serious note, where does one cross the line between sharing the pleasure of their collection and showing off?
Also, true story:
My other money sink hobby is Lego. Rare, old, out of production sets often command prices many, many multiples of their original retail prices. So there's this guy on a Lego forum where I hang out and receive enabling of a different sort (the quantum money involved is of a magnitude somewhat less than on here but they take up that other scarce and valuable good, real estate) who will always chime in and say "yeah I have multiple copies of that" and other similar remarks but never actually show us anything.
I later found out he was good for his word and had a huge attic full of Lego. He was just of a somewhat less tech savvy generation and had no idea how nor inclination to take pictures and post them on the Internet.post #40671 of 483122/6/15 at 8:02amQuote:
While anyone on the styleforum could probably be considered a bit narcissistic, I don't think I'd accuse people of being insecure or have a lack of self awareness. I think this would be a sort of a dull place without a splash of color in the form of photos of watches owned and worn by our regulars. Sure people could post stock photos from manufacturers, but I like seeing photos of these watches in the real world, paired with real outfits, and worn by real people, rather than some CGI photo or "Brand Ambassador" pix from some red carpet event I don't really care about, worn by someone solely because they got paid to ware this from clothing maker X and that from watch company Z.
In addition, while we might not all get along and we may have very different points of view , more than nacissism, insecurity, or lack of self awareness...I see a level of comradery that I don't often see on other forums. People genuinely are excited and happy for others when they learn of a newly acquired a piece that may have special meaning (wedding/anniversary/birthday gift) or a piece that someone had long wanted and finally obtained, or even just an exciting spur of the moment kop. We may all have different tastes in watches, however there is generally an outpouring of good wishes and excitement for the person.
I think statements like yours could have a chilling effect on Newbies here making them feel like they should not post photos of their watches. In addition, in today's world we are a very image driven society and there is a natural tendency to want to see things of beauty, be it watches, cars, clothing or other items. I don't think its wrong for people to share their photos or ask others to show some photos if its something interesting or that they or others might like to see.Quote:Originally Posted by Dachshund
I don't know where you're based but here in London since I've started looking at pre-owned Pepsis there is a massive difference in prices. Maybe that goes for pre-owned Rollies generally, but it just seems particularly so for Pepsis. Retailer A, who I trust and have bought from before, has a nice example with box and papers for c £5k. Then Retailer B, who is prominent and kosher but generally more expensive than A and from whom I haven't purchased before, has almost the self-same thing, albeit without papers, for c £4k. It's not a particularly rare example, so I'm thinking are the papers really worth a grand? And then Retailer C, who is in the West End, well known, and charges by far the highest prices I have seen for pre-owned watches, each of which always seems to be 'unique', have a 'rare dial', etc. is in turn higher than A or B.
So I'm, stumped. And I'm not even going to think about going to look at a new BLNR or I know that it will be the thin end of a wedge that leads me to divorce, debtors' prison and utter ruination.
Collecting should be fun only you can decide the value of boxes/papers, or a rare dial. We all have different comfort levels when it comes to what we would want to own or collect. I love looking at vintage models, but its so tough for me to seriously consider purchasing one. I am very obsessive about condition, originality, and completeness. I also have to have boxes, papers, hang tags and any other stuff related to something collectible that I own (I'm the same with cars...keep every service paper, manuals, key fobs, etc). So for me if I decided to buy something vintage, I would want and be willing to pay the premium for a watch with boxes, papers, hang tags etc. These items are not more important than condition. Condition is the most important factor, and these would be secondary, but I would have to have these little extras. My non-watch buddies say who cares about the boxes you don't wear them. However for me, it tells a more complete story of what watches were like in the 1960's, 70's, 80's etc. As for the rare dial version, well that would be icing on the cake if it were in my budget, but I would still have to have the condition be a priority, and I would need a full set (box & papers) and then rare dial might be my last consideration if condition and box/papers satisfied me.
So I'm probably crazy enough to spend the extra for some of that stuff. However, if those don't matter to you consider a model in great condition, but without the boxes/papers and rare dial (if that doesn't matter to you) a bargain. If it puts a smile on your face and its in your budget...then its the right watch for you regardless of what others here would do.post #40672 of 483122/6/15 at 8:05ampost #40673 of 483122/6/15 at 8:05amQuote:
Are we seriously criticizing or questioning members for posting pics of their watches in a watch appreciation thread? I for one wish there were more pics, especially of the higher end pieces.post #40674 of 483122/6/15 at 8:09ampost #40675 of 483122/6/15 at 8:16ampost #40676 of 483122/6/15 at 8:20ampost #40677 of 483122/6/15 at 8:21amQuote:
I wish I had more higher end pieces in my collection. Actually, I wish I had a high-end piece in my collection.. Still building up and acquiring entry level pieces though. And I'm the kind of guy who would prefer 5 $10,000 watches to one $50,000 watch.post #40678 of 483122/6/15 at 8:24am
So here is the result. I assumed that I could have any or all of the ones I wanted for free but could not sell them, so taking value out of the equation entirely, and that by ownership, I have to actually want to wear them with some frequency. With those conditions in mind, I would only want a few:
2. The GMTs. Because they are free, I would take all three. If I had to choose one, I am not sure and would have to try them on. If that is not allowed, I would probably go with the pepsi. But I like each of them.
I love chronos, but the Daytona doesn't really appeal and for most occasions when I need a timer, the sub would be fine.
None of the Panerais appeal and would ever take wrist time from the explorer so none of those.
Isn't that interesting? Out of 25 well-regarded watches, I only like a few. I think that is because zippyh has pretty focused taste and it doesn't line up with mine.post #40679 of 483122/6/15 at 8:30ampost #40680 of 483122/6/15 at 8:34am
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