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Is it worth buying 1 expensive watch?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tommboy, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. huy

    huy Senior member

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    Quartz watches do not hold their value at all. I many cases owning a Rolex or other highend watches is literally an investment. Many of these watches can and will fetch a 100% return on the initial investment years later. I personally own two RED rolexes that are worth 5 times what I paid for them because of their rarity.So, owning a automatic highend watch is a great investment and still look good , infact they look classic.

    Wrong. Most watches, even high end watches, will lose value over time. There are exceptions, but the vast majority of watches will lose value.
     
  2. Jacksdad

    Jacksdad Senior member

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    Wrong. Most watches, even high end watches, will lose value over time. There are exceptions, but the vast majority of watches will lose value.
    Most watch collectors will tell you to choose quality over quantity any day of the week. My advice is buy one good verstatile watch. One that can be worn with jeans or suits. One that is waterproof and has a sapphire crystal. I also recommend one that allows you to change straps easily. Putting on a different strap always makes you feel like you got a new watch.[​IMG] Oh, and don't buy a watch solely as an investment.....buy it to enjoy. If you enjoy watch collecting how much it's worth shouldn't matter.
     
  3. delayedReaction

    delayedReaction Active Member

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    Watches aren't an investment, no matter what the Rolex marketing department would like you to believe. You should buy a watch because you love it, not because someone told you to, or because of what other people think of it.

    A $40 Timex will keep time better than a $2,000 Omega (or a $20,000 Patek), but that's not the point of a high end watch. A mechanical watch is more on the order of appreciating beautifully crafted clothing. A $4,000 suit will only resell for relatively low percentage of its retail cost on the Bids and Sales forum here on SF, much in the same way that a $4,000 Omega/Girard Perregaux/whatever will on Timezone's Sale Corner. (Granted there isn't the watch equivalent of RLPLs at Woodbury prices, but ignore that exception.)

    As far as features, there are some things like a sapphire crystal that are just a baseline mark of quality, much like buying Goodyear welted/Blake Stitched/etc shoes and shouldn't be considered optional. My personal preference is for an automatic watch with a display case back because I like seeing the movement, and would much rather have 1 better watch (or pair of shoes), than 3 fashion watches/shoes, but you should just look around on the various manufacturer's websites, or vintage forums and see if there's something that you fall in love with.

    Otherwise, what's the point?
     
  4. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    At that budget level, use your cell phone for the time and buy clothes with the money.
     
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    0b5cur1ty Senior member

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    At that budget level, use your cell phone for the time and buy clothes with the money.
    This is just a sneaky way of advocating the return of the pocket watch. [​IMG]
     
  6. nordicstyle

    nordicstyle Senior member

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    This is just a sneaky way of advocating the return of the pocket watch. [​IMG]

    A mobile phone designed as a classic pocket watch, now that I would like to see... [​IMG]
     
  7. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Best bang for the buck can be had with discounted Omega, Girard Perregaux, and on accasions, Zenith (the only manufacturer among these). GP, similar to IWC, buy based movement ebauches and embellish them without basic fundamental improvements to design of the whole.

    GP manufactures their own movements. A few of the entry chronographs will use a generic movement, but all of their mid-tier and complicated pieces are designed in house.
     
  8. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    Instead of crap from Hugo Boss or Guess you could probably get a few nice cheap vintage watches for the same price; good watches don't have to be expensive (not to be better than shitty fashion watches anyway)...
     
  9. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I'm not a watch person, but like something nice-looking on my wrist, so am similar to the OP in outlook in this regard.

    My advice from that perspective is that you will find you need more than one watch in time, esp. if you enjoy new looks rather than repeating outfits often. For your budget, getting a few aestheticially-pleasing watches sounds more useful to you than one expensive one. I would say that you should understand that by doing so, you run the risk that each individual watch is not particularly "worth it" but overall the package of purchases may give you a more useful selection.

    If you are very consistent in what you wear, you might prefer a single, more expensive watch just for the luxury of it.

    Re: investments - my limited understanding is that most watches lose money over time, and certainly once you take inflation into account and most definitely once you take into account the appreciation that the money would have had if invested elsewhere. So don't buy watches as an investment. There are some exceptions but they are relatively rare.

    Re: quartz vs. automatic - this is very personal, since it is totally about what watches mean to you. If you want precision, durability and not to have to think twice, get a quartz. If you want something a bit luxurious/decadent and that pretty sweeping second hand, get an automatic but be aware it will need a bit of servicing some years down the line. Be aware that if you don't wear a particular automatic regularly, the winding up before wearing will annoy you.

    My personal watch story is I had cheap Casio digitals as a kid and even in college, and then switched to a Seamaster Professional Quartz afterwards. Then a bit later I felt I needed something dressier, and got a Longines Conquest Automatic. I recently picked up a cheap non-name pocket watch just for kicks.

    I slightly regret getting the quartz Seamaster as my tastes have changed over the years and if I had the time over I would have got the automatic version. I'm thinking about getting an Aqua Terra Co-Axial but probably won't bother selling the quartz seamaster because frankly, I'd prefer the versatility of the extra watch than the limited funds I'd get back.
     
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    anyone had any expirience with tsovet time intsruments? they fall in the 500$ range. i've been contemplating on purchasing the SVT-AT76 model.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. princemarko

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    Will it be worth buying 1 expensive watch such as Omega, or Cartier for 1500-2000? My other option is to buy 2 or 3 watches for under 1000. From such places as Hugo Boss, GUESS etc. Currently I already have 2 inexpensive watches 200-350 that are really nice but seem to wear fast. ( I do wear them all the time). My only thinking is that if I buy a more expensive watch it won't look worn out as fast and last me way longer. Is it worth going up in price when I could be getting a few cool watches for much cheaper. I'm not sure the average eye would know the difference between the two.

    Get the Omega or Cartier. Boss, Guess and those fashion watches are junk and will tell people that actually look at watches that you have no sense of style.
     
  12. sfo423

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    LL watches lose value, some less than others. Buy used for many reasons; money buys more, you'll likely want to sell it because you want something else, etc.
     
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    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    I cannot understand how anyone could spend $40+ on a Quartz watch...
     
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    I cannot understand how anyone could spend $40+ on a Quartz watch...

    +1

    OP needs to set budget then figure out if he wants a dive watch (i.e. Seamaster, Submariner) or a dress watch (Glashutte Sentor, IWC Portuguese) or aviator (Speedmaster, IWC big pilot).

    I think the certain dive watches are most versatile. Second is an aviator.
     
  15. B1FF

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    a dress watch (Glashutte Sentor, IWC Portuguese)

    I don't understand.
     
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    A mobile phone designed as a classic pocket watch, now that I would like to see... [​IMG]

    I downloaded the "Emerald Chronometer" app for my iPhone and enjoy looking at the different watches. Otherwise, I wear a silver/black tank-style Swiss Army quartz 23.5 hours a day that I got as a birthday present in '99. I'm blind as a bat without my glasses so I love how the hands glow in the dark so I can read the time in the middle of the night. I want to upgrade to a Stowa automatic but that'll have to wait.
     
  17. michaelp123

    michaelp123 Well-Known Member

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    I bought an Omega Seamaster automatic about 10 years ago, still running strong. Never had to have it serviced, continues to look great.. and I haven't exactly been gentle with it. I can easily see it lasting a lifetime, if not longer. On the other hand I also have a vice for constantly buying cheap watches... but they never have the staying power of the Omega. If you're going to shell out some good cash for a nice watch, get something timeless and classy.
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  18. huy

    huy Senior member

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    I bought an Omega Seamaster automatic about 10 years ago, still running strong. Never had to have it serviced, continues to look great.. and I haven't exactly been gentle with it. I can easily see it lasting a lifetime, if not longer. On the other hand I also have a vice for constantly buying cheap watches... but they never have the staying power of the Omega. If you're going to shell out some good cash for a nice watch, get something timeless and classy.

    You should probably have your Omega serviced soon if you want it to last a lifetime. Co-axial movements don't have to be serviced as often though.
     
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    I would definitely recommend getting a few inexpensive watches first. You will appreciate having options, and over the first year or two you will gravitate to one style. Then you can get an expensive one in the style that you like the best.
     
  20. TheFedora

    TheFedora Senior member

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    good god, 250-300 is INEXEPENSIVE to you?

    my
     

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