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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. Dillardiv

    Dillardiv Senior member

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    I think there's just a mentality that a watch should be lower on the list of priorities. Many think you should own a nice house, then a nice car, then if you have money leftover, you can buy yourself a watch. My car has 140,000 miles on it and I don't plan on replacing it anytime soon. I'd much rather park my money in my BLNR that will hold the value over time instead of buying a car that by definition will be worth $0 eventually. Of course would I rather be able to have BOTH a nice car and several nice watches? Of course! But I get to enjoy my watch all day long and only get in my car twice a day.
     
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  2. ShawnBC

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    I think Dillardiv has it all right. Most of us would indeed like to have a nice car AND a nice house AND nice watches AND nice [insert hobbies here] etc. The judgment call by which you decide on which you want to spend your hard earn dough on first is pretty personnal and heavily influenced by a lot of external and internal factors.

    Unfortunately, only few can have the best of the best in everything!
     
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    @ShawnBC @NonServiam @Dino944 @Dillardiv - yup, great points overall.

    On my end, I've primarily lived in urban areas so I've never had the need to own a car. Which probably explains why I've "developed appreciation" for watches and other things...

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    Can echo @NonServiam's comments on the taxes and cars, so in a sense watches are an affordable hobby ;)

    Now, speaking of affordable and continuing my blue period (less offending than the last one), got this strap today for Zenith:

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    Unfortunately the seller cancelled my order for brown so I'll have to find that one again...
     
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    Decided what I previously wrote was a little rude. I love getting into fun conversations regarding cars and watches.
     
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    If you are a working professional, I guess you can have anything you want, but not everything you want. The rest is priorities. I think maybe I read that in this thread at one point :)
     
  7. NonServiam

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    How could I not post this (again) :lol:

    Here is a USD 30k watch in a USD 10k car, used market value. Watch by a Swiss company that claims you don't own your expensive watch, car by Audi and VWs plain but well-built Czech cousin.

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    Sorry, douple tap.
     
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    A house is clearly the most important thing, the rest are toys. However, just to clarify, as NonServiam previously noted there is a difference between a nice car and a classic car/vintage sports car.

    A quick exaple of the difference...one could have bought say an E Class Mercedes or 5 series BMW two or three years ago for say $50- $60K. They are very nice but those cars as you noted would depreciate to nothing eventually. However, for the same money or less, someone could have purchased a nice Porsche 930 Turbo. Today, rather than being worth nothing, or merely retaining value, they have each increased in value something like 2 or 3 times what they would have cost 2-3 years ago.

    That being said most people I know with a collectible car have an average car for bad weather, to use for picking up groceries and other mundane tasks. I put over 200,000 miles on each of my last 2 daily drivers so there is something to be said for rugged, reliable transportation that allows one to spend money on other types of toys be it watches, cars, or some other interest.
     
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    Holiday weekend has me thinking beach.... On the rubber strap for the summer
     
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    Loved this pic when I first saw it a long time ago: love it now @klokkenerden [​IMG]
     
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    Surprising considering salt eats through cars so quickly and you are in Rhode Island. Also in my head your DD is a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    Also you are right about average DDs and nicer cars in the garage. One of my neighbors has a 997 and 993 but DD's a Toyota 4Runner. The other DD's a 1980s M6 or Land Rover Series 2 and has an AM Vanquish and Jaguar E-type in the garage.
     
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    Hi JB, yes they love to throw salt on the roads up here in New England. However, with modern rust proofing and taking the car to a touchless car wash to get the salt off, daily drivers can last quite a while up here. My DD is a Subaru Legacy with AWD, and it currently has 116,000 miles.

    Almost all my friends with nice cars, particularly collectible ones have at least one older beater car. Below is a quick list showing what a few friends have for fun cars & daily drivers.

    Ferrari Testarossa - old Nissan Maxima.
    Ferrari 328 and Porsche 944S2- Honda Civic with 200,000 miles.
    Aston Martin, Porsche 997GT3RS, - old Subaru WRX
    Ferrari 430, Maser QP - really old Ford Escort
    Ferrari 328 - old Acura suv
    Porsche - Jeep Liberty

    Of that bunch only the owner of the Ferrari 430 and Maser QP is a watch guy (he has a Patek Calatrava in RG, a gold Rolex Daytona with black MOP dial on a strap, a 16610 Sub LV, and a Girard Perregaux).
     
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    ^^ wow, a Daytona with MOP dial, that must be something else! Have always wanted a smoked MOP dial of some kind in a watch!
     
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    It's an interesting version, but there isn't enough contrast between the dial and the gold hands. It makes it incredibly difficult to read the time or see the hand against the sub dials, so for those reasons I'm not a big fan of that version. The basic black dial is far easier to read at a glance.
     
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    What's the cheapest watch everyone here owns?
     
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    Either Sistem51 or a Seiko mini-Monster, I think they both were a bit over 100€ each.
     
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