Somewhat in response to the 'auto snob' thread in the affordable subforum (where the OP found himself negatively judging people that DIDN'T wear autos), I'm curious to know how many of us feel a bit the other way - a bit ANTI auto?!
The longer I've been into watches, the more obvious it has become that the majority of nice quality watches in the price range I can afford to play in are just the same old same old mass-produced auto movements, being churned out in their millions by one or two huge corporations. If you own one, you own them all, barring some interesting work in the case or dial.
At one point I just HAD to own a 7750 chrono. Had to. Wasn't a proper watch guy unless I had one. Bought one. Lost interest in it. Bought another. Soon realised they are so ubiquitous they are almost a dime a dozen. So many 'me too' watches with exactly the same engine, same geometry, same handling, just some superficial variations here and there in what felt like a cynical attempt to repackage the same old product to try and get at my money.
I have no interest in playing some kind of pokemon gotta-catch-all-the-calibers. I probably can't afford anything genuinely interesting anyway - except maybe spring drive - so it's not about the movements for me, it's about the design and execution of the watch. When I see a model I really like I don't much care which movement they put in it (as long as the quality is good and I can afford it) but I almost award extra points now for hand wound or quartz.
Most of my watch collection -a few thousand dollars worth - sits in a drawer these days. My daily beater is a Seiko kinetic diver, and I have a dressier German deck watch based on a unitas, which is pretty damn humble as far as movements go but it ticks the 'marvellous mechanical magical historical little machine' box and I enjoy wearing it. Those two watches get nearly all of my wrist time. I still look at a lot of watches, read these forums, I still enjoy the 'hobby', but these days very few actually drive me to consider buying them. Especially autos.
Am I alone or do others see the emperor naked too?
(oh and if you stop hearing from me you'll know the swiss mafia got to me with a nicely polished hammer).