Welcome to The Watch Appreciation Thread
This is where Styleforum's watch lovers discuss the best timepieces and talk about what we have, what is new, and what we want. Please join us to share about your own watches - baller or bargain - and discuss, opine or ask advice. This is officially the friendliest thread on Styleforum!
Questions?Please check the FAQ (Click to show)
Can I join in if my watch is cheap? (Click to show)
No. Members who sell stuff sometimes advertise a link in their signature, but there are no sales listings here. This is a discussion about watches. For sellers, check out the Buy and Sell.
No. See above, if you're a private seller. If you sell watches for a living, or regularly through your own site, then you can get your own thread and plenty of support by becoming a Styleforum Affiliate Vendor - send a private message to @LA Guy for further information.
From someone you can trust. Styleforum is not affiliated with any watch outlets. Most members buy privately, some use online sites likeeBay or Chrono24, and many recommend Watch Recon which aggregates sales advertisements from various private member watch forums. "Buy the seller" is good advice i.e. know who you're dealing with. Sometimes there's no substitute for walking into your local authorised retailer.
This is the thread's favourite question: tell us your budget and the kind of thing you like, and there will be plenty of advice. Take a look at these to whet your appetite: Keith's best sports watches under $1000, or DL's best dress watches under $5000.
Asking something or showing something is probably easiest. We know this thread can seem a bit clubby and insular but that's just because it's a genuinely friendly place - most members here don't actually know each other; we're just very easy to talk to. Yes, this is unusual in the internet world, but it's why we love this thread and hope you will join us. If you're not sure how to dive in, how about asking advice on your next purchase? Or just post a picture of your favourite watch, tell us about how you came to have it and why you like it. We all have our preferences and passions, but the fun is in the sharing - whatever watch you wear.
What do you think? According to general consensus in the thread: there are better watches, there are certainly more expensive watches, but these are very good watches. Rolex watches are not always the most lauded in their price range, especially at the higher (gold, platinum, jewelled models) prices. But most people seem to think that a steel Rolex is an excellent watch for the money.
T-WAT: acronym of thread title, see below
ALS: A Lange & Soehne
AP: Audemars Piguet
BM: Baume & Mercier
BR: Bell & Ross
CW: Christopher Ward
FC: Frederique Constant
GP: Girard Perregaux
GO: Glashuette Original
GUB: Glashuette Uhrenbetrieber (precursor to GO)
FM: Franck Muller
JLC: Jaeger LeCoultre
OJ: Ochs and Junior
PF: Parmigiani Fleurier
PP: Patek Philippe
RW: Raymond Weil
UN: Ulysse Nardin
UG: Universal Geneve
VC: Vacheron Constantin