Recently at work a coworker asked me about my Hamilton as it caught his eye while we were at lunch. My TWAT ears raised as we started discussing watches. He has a Tissot, Citizen Eco-drive, and some other watches but expressed interest in acquiring a Hamilton once he finds one he likes. I mentioned I looked at them at a mall in Ohio then decided to purchase online after the jewelry store would not budge on MSRP. I told him buying a Hamilton at MSRP is not worth it when most places offer a discount on MSRP.
Anyway he mentioned the jewelry store in town where my fiancee bought my GMT and I said I have done business with them in terms of wedding bands and a watch but they do not carry Hamilton's. I listed the brands they carried and he asked what watch my fiancee purchased. I mentioned the watch and it sort of turned him off of talking about watches with me. It brought along some sort of stigma not being able to talk about all watches in general no matter the price. After that the conversation died and moved onto another topic.
The reason this bothered me is that most people at my office tend to own luxury cars, lake houses, boats, or collect something of value and are not afraid to talk about them. I know this guy in general collects guitars which add up to quite a bit of money but when someone mentions a $9K watch it makes them look at you differently.
I'd assume other TWATers have come across this. It bothered me a little but I just brushed it off. What do other TWATers do?