(Brian SD @ Feb. 22 2005,14:45)
Originally Posted by linux_pro,Feb. 22 2005,12:35
Whose watch is that? I'm lost. My watch is a simple (but not TOO cheap) gold and SS Seiko. It has served me quite well. The idea of spending money on a Cartier or Rolex seems silly to me. I could invest the savings, and in 2-3 years have enough return to buy 2 or 3 Rolex's, although I would rather reinvest that money. It reminds me of one of my father's favorite sayings, "Don't spend money on anything that's not going to make you money." You could say a nice suit is extravagant, but I don't think so - it's more of an investment. It is important to have quality suits if you would like to have a good job. My car is a different story. Heh heh. But spending more than 400 USD on a watch seems ludicrous to me. I have a clock on my cell phone, after all. Again, it just comes down to personal tastes I guess.
Linux, I finally see something I agree with you on. It's amazing. I am with you, I could never spend an absurd amount on a watch, I think $400 is plenty. I might spend $1k on a watch ONCE. Styleman/whatever, you are SUCH a bad liar.
I find the hostility towards fine watches suprising. I fail to see how wearing a nice automatic "prestigious" watch is somehow not akin to dropping $3-$4K on a bespoke suit. I honestly don't think the superior fit helps your career any - 99.9% of the public will never be able to tell the difference in fit between a $1,100 Canali altered to fit you and a bespoke suit from Savile Row (nevermind the fact that the vast majority of the time in an office setting people remove their suit jackets - its very hard to muck up trouser fit regardless of the price). Btw, I love fine watches, and would consider $1,000-$1,200 to be the minimum one should pay for a fine watch - Baume & Mercier, Maurice Lacroix, Oris and Frederique Constant all fall within that price range. Panzer
I almost purchased a Mercier when I bought my Seiko. They are nice watches. The saleslady showed me the inside of one, and it was beautiful. Problem is, I am very hard on my watches. I would feel terrible if I spilled motor oil on it, or if it got stolen from my locker at the gym, etc. The only fine timepiece I own is actually an heirloom. My grandfather gave me a Breguet pocketwatch, which he says has been in our family since the late-18th Century. It is quite elegant and beautiful, with quite a bit of craftsmanship evident. I rarely take it out of the box I store it in. Sometimes, I will wear it to dinner, but very rarely (about twice a year). The bizarre thing is that this watch is in excellent condition, and according to an antique jeweler I took it to (who said it is more likely from the early 19th Century), is worth less than what I would be required to pay for a new Rolex. That seems really odd to me. As if, in America's race for affluence, we've lost all perspective.