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    Budget or save for quality?

    I am 17 years old, currently a senior in high school, and I am experiencing quite a dilemma. I am considering getting a Seiko SK009, but I am worried that it will be a waste of money and that I'll stop wearing it once I get some higher-quality Swiss pieces in the future. It's either the Seiko or I save up for an Omega Speedmaster, which wouldn't take me very long; I'm just wondering if the $1500 or so is too much money to spend on a watch as a 17 year old. What should I do? I would love to hear your opinions.

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    Re: Budget or save for quality?

    Normally I'd say you should save up for the watch you really want, but in your case...
    1) At 17, a $1500 watch is a bit much, especially since a new Speedmaster would be quite a bit more than that, and
    2) The SKX009 is a great watch that plenty of people around here wear even when they have more expensive pieces, and at $150-ish it's hardly going to make a dent in your savings for something nicer.

    If you'll enjoy wearing the SKX, buy it and enjoy it. When you have something nicer, you'll still want to have a "beater" to wear when you don't want to risk damaging the nicer watch.

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    Re: Budget or save for quality?

    There you go, you already know which way I'm going on this one.

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    Re: Budget or save for quality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ard View Post
    There you go, you already know which way I'm going on this one.

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    Thanks again for the help.
    Last edited by zalen97; October 22nd, 2015 at 15:19.

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    Agree, get the SKX and save for the Speedy

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    Good for you that saving $1500 doesn't take very long for a 17 year old. It probably reflects you have a comfortable allowance coming in.

    Having said that if I were you, it will depend on what you already have now. If u have 0 or 1 watch now, I think it's safer to get an affordable watch which gives you a different style and rotation. And such a seiko is by no means a stop gap solution. I think even if eventually you have more expensive watches, you will still find joy in owning and wearing an affordable but good mechanical Japanese or Chinese watch. It also takes away concerns over hefty service cost and scratches/knocks.

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    Re: Budget or save for quality?

    If it works well and keeps working well while meeting customer requirements, the definition of quality has been met. Price is not always the determining factor. From a customer perspective, that is.

    I could list my watches here, but I won't.

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    Re: Budget or save for quality?

    I'm in your same boat, I'm 17 and a senior in high school. I came really close to picking up a Speedy about a month Ago but backed out because there was no service history. The most I've spent on a watch is $960 on an Oris classic date but I've also got some other high end Swiss pieces. You just need to figure out for yourself what you're comfortable spending and how you plan on paying for college. I'm currently eyeing an Oris on Jomashop for $1500, trying to figure out how to afford it. Save, save, save, it's the only way

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    I would go ahead and get the skx. you don't have to worry about dings and such, and you can still love it.

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    Re: Budget or save for quality?

    I had the same problem, I'd always think of why buy this now, when I can just save up and get this much higher quality one that I love?

    I usually go for the long haul and just save up everything I can. A speedmaster is within your grasp if you really want it!

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