Ok, so recently I've become enamoured of the Grand Seiko SBGX059.
This is one of their quartz models with a movement accurate to 10s a year. To my mind it's a beautiful, classically styled watch with a great movement under the hood from a marque with a reputation for superb finishing and detailing. I haven't handled one yet but hope to get up to the single UK AD in London at some point to do so. I won't be buying one at that point though for 3 reasons. Firstly I just can't afford it at the moment, having bought Explorer not so long ago. Secondly, whilst I love the idea of a HEQ movement I don't 100% know that I'll love it 6 months down the line. It's not a cheap watch (especially for a quartz) and I'm concerned the tick of that second hand will end up like a telltale heart telling me I should have spent the money on an automatic dress watch. Finally, I'm also slightly wary of spending that much on a style of watch I haven't really worn before.
So, here's my master plan.....buy 2 watches instead to help me make the decision!
My thought pattern was that I could pick up a Seiko SARB035 to see if the style works for me (they are similar looking watches, I'm guessing the SARB is just less well finished) and an SBCM023 (which has a lower grade HEQ movement accurate to 20s a year) to see how I get on with that.
Not a true test in either case but it does seem like a relatively inexpensive way of seeing how the GS would feel. I should be able to pick up both watches on the Sales Forum for about 1/4 the cost of the GS and flip them without dramatic loss if I decide to go for it. I should also note that both are watches that made it onto my wish list when I first started visiting WUS.
So, good idea or just me justifying the purchase of 2 watches because I'm able to afford them (or at least will be a lot sooner than the GS)