c Originally Posted by jeff13007
Originally Posted by apropos
This is what i find the most sad about the whole status symbol thing that rolex has no become a part off. IMO most people who will buy a Rolex will do it as a way to show some form of prestige, and Rolex as i believe you mentioned earlier will catch a lot of flak especially from those "Rookie WIS" guys when it should be looked at for what it is: a manufacturer with a great history and near bulletproof watches that can be worn in almost every occasion on almost any part of the planet.
Yes for some a Rolex is a status symbol. However, the whole status symbol applies to almost any good brand of watch. It is simply as our tastes and information levels increase, our desire and what we see as prestigious changes. I've heard guys brag about Tags...sure its a good watch, but there are others brands that watch collectors consider finer. However, in some circles, a Tag is considered a great watch and people will brag about or be impressed by them. I met a guy that had a Patek, and he was talking to someone I knew, telling him that he bought a Patek and its the best watch in the world...blah, blah, blah. It was a lovely watch but he knew nothing about it. All he could say about it was the dealer told him its the best in the world. To me he bought it as a conversation piece/status symbol to brag about. Great watch...but it was kind of wasted on him and would probably be better on a real Patek fan's wrist.
In the end, Rolex makes a great product. Its not intended to go after Patek or Lange's market share, and its not priced or finished the same way. Rolex is a brand that is well known, and for some people, they buy it saying to a dealer I want a good watch that can withstand whatever I subject it to, and I want it to last the rest of my life. This is a one time buyer, buying what he perceives as a very good watch or the best watch for his budget. Other's buy a Rolex (Omega, Breitling, or other good brand) and it sparks an interest in watches and other fine brands. In the world of collecting anything we all have to start somewhere, and from there if we choose we can learn more, and as our tastes and information grow, our appreciation for other brands becomes stronger.
Originally Posted by bruceposey
Personally, I love my Rolex Explorer 114270 with its 3130 movement. A good watch for me is one I don't have to think about. Besides, the idea of accurate time representation on your wrist "is a confidence game invented by the Swiss". I defy anyone to tell me which movie that quote came from. Years ago I used to wear a gold Rolex Submariner. While tending bar at First Avenue in MPLS during Prince's heyday an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked for the time. With much fanfare and exaggerated movement I pulled back my sleeve like a magician so all could see my "precious". In a radio announcers voice I told the old geezer that it was 11:15pm. He pulled back his sleeve also. On his wrist was a beaten and battered Timex W-1. With a smirk on his face he looked at me and said, "Yep, your right". Of course I want a Breguet, and several Patek's. A handmade Dufour would be nice too. But my Rolex just keeps working
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Nice 114270, and thanks for the entertaining story!
Edited by Dino944 - 1/26/13 at 8:42pm