It's certainly a stretch. I've been fortunate to be able to own (and hold) some of these (and the 3970s were "born" and "announced" right here on TWAT several years ago) - but I think the more important part of the experience is just appreciating the aesthetics, mechanics, history, value and everything else that's wrapped up in owning a timepiece, price aside.
That's why we gush over a variety of pieces here in good old TWAT!
@mimo will disagree with me on this, but I have a fun time chatting up my brother-in-law on how he feels about his USD80 G-Shock every other weekend when we see each other. Why does it bring you joy? Why does it occupy that piece of wrist real estate? Why not an Apple Watch?