Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.
If you need a reason after handling one in person, it's not a watch for you. Pretty simple really.
Perhaps I should rephrase.
What are the primary forces behind an attraction to Nomos watches?
Clean design, build quality, in-house manufacture, movement finishing, clear design ethos, then you get in to aesthetic preferences.
what's happening tomorrow?
There is already something in your head telling you its not for you. So why ask to be talked into getting excited about it? I don't think I've ever bought something that I was talked into buying (be it by a friend or a sales person), that truly satisfied me, and did not result in some degree of "Buyers remorse." Wait for something you truly love.
To be honest, it's been a while since I looked at Nomos. I took a look at one of the worldtimers, before the blue-dial version came out. It was very clear to me from that piece that these were watchmakers who prided function over form, to whatever degree.
But, you know, there's something about them. In a world of watches that either have a full pedigree and a price to match, or are eagerly trying to appear as something more than they are, Nomos have a really acute sense of personal identity. How else could they hope to occupy that difficult mid-market terrain? While that part of me is saying these are a bit "simple," another part of me is saying "well that's the point. Can YOU see any real, major design flaw?"
For comparison, I never "fell in love" with my Seiko Shogun, but I am very happy I purchased it. It's comfortable, decently finished, durable and fills a need in my wrist wardrobe. I actually wear it much more often than I had anticipated. I am thinking one of these Bauhaus examples from Nomos might fill a similar need. Call it the "dress beater," if such a term isn't already an oxymoron. But heck, I don't wear a suit often and they are attractive watches.
Just, hm, nothing special...
I suppose it's time to go handle a few more and see.
Wearing my Fiddy today
The function is the form here, if that makes any sense. It's like trying to measure oranges in terms of apples? Good luck, whatever your decision.
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+100 - you're going to most likely regret this purchase, sorry. Nomos is a great brand, but not every great watch is for everybody. Your money would better be served getting something YOU want.
That being said there's clearly nothing wrong with asking the pros here for more information or personal experiences about brand "X" if that's what your intention was.
@no frills - LAWDY
This idea of special is extremely personal. And you keep repeating it. You have your answer.
I think the vast majority of watches shown in this thread, including mine, aren't really "special" (at least universally speaking), but they are to their owners.
Would be interested in what your rationale is for flying under the radar. I started my career on buy-side fund management and now have a small VC operation, 99% of people that I deal with in business don't notice.
Hodinkee has a review of the Zenith A3817 up today. I wonder (hope) if this will push up the value of my 2009 issued 1969 new vintage.
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