Originally Posted by Dino944
GP makes a very nice watch, but its another brand without any resale value. That may not matter to some people, but I'm sure it matters to this guy now that he is selling.
I actually like GP's designs far more that those of BP, but its another brand that when you consider its MSRP (or even a discounted price), there are often many other brand's I'd prefer to own, and most have much better resale value. I really like their Equation of Time, with the asymmetric dial, but I just couldn't pull the trigger on it based on the competition at its price level (even if it meant getting a less complicated piece from a different brand at same price).
My only issue is the round men's model is when I see the back, it looks like another watch suffering from using a movement that was designed for a smaller case, but which has been put in a larger more modern case. If they do that, IMHO give it a solid back.
good points as always, dino. the only thing that i dont fully agree on is the back. the smaller movement does not really bother me all that much, and with a pretty movement as this watch had, i would opt to be able to see it, even though it is clearly smaller than the case size should dictate.
but what i really want to focus on is the bold, because it hits on something i was wondering today.
the guy that i met with was probably in his late 50s, well spoken, and probably made some money and wanted to buy a nice watch for himself and his wife, and walked into an AD and decided on the GPs. now, you never know, he could have been strapped for cash, but i doubt it. i can usually read that from experience and dont think that was the case here.
he simply said the watches were not getting any wear, which was certainly true, they looked like they were never worn, and he had a much more casual vibe, he was relaxed and southern from the carolinas, than id expect from someone with that model watch. though you can never tell these things, i do think it just turned out it wasnt the model for him and his wife, and he decided to sell.
but i think many times, maybe most times, that does not happen. meaning, the buyer never needs or desires to sell their watch. a person goes into an AD looking for a luxury watch, does not really know a ton about high end watches, and does not really want to or need to, which is fine. such a person probably would explain to an AD what they wanted, in terms of style and price, and wold be be led to a handful of models by the SA, and then choose from that lot. maybe they even they did a little homework online too, but nothing terribly in depth. this type of buyer is not concerned with resale on the secondary market, and is equally unconcerned about the hierarchy or prestige of brands amongst high end watches. they just want something fancy and luxurious that they like and can afford. and thats what they get.
they say ignorance is bliss, and i wonder how happy we would all be if we bought our watches like that. not based on MSRPs of other brands versus the watch we like, or based on resale vale or prestige of maker, just solely based on what we liked for looks.
if you did that, do you think you would have the same watches in your stable, or do you think you would have something else?
im not saying that this would prove we make bad decisions or are untrue to ourselves. quite the opposite, i think the way we look at watches here in the TWAT is great, and id never want it any other way. its a different type of vantage point with different objectives and desires, and its just as fair and sensible as the less concerned/informed buyer. there is no wrong answer or wrong way to make ones personal purchase decisions. i just wonder if our decisions would be the same if we took some of our more nuanced bullet points of our lists.
ill try and answer this for myself later, but i need to mull it over more to give an intellectually honest answer.