I've only been into watches seriously for a couple of years and have done some experimenting within the confines of a meager budget, but I was reflecting the other day on how my taste has evolved in that short period of time. There are some pieces/styles that I will always love as they got me hooked in the first place. I thought it might be interesting to start a thread on this and see where it takes us, any commonalities themes, etc. I guess I would break it down into 3 areas:
1. Styles/pieces/design elements that are near and dear to you, your favorites, your go-to's, the things you think you'll always love.
2 Styles/pieces/design elements that you weren't initially into but have since or are slowly warming up to
3.Styles/pieces/design elements that you can't see yourself ever appreciating.
I guess I'll start:
1. For me it started with divers. pain and simple. I've bought and sold a few and the Seiko Monster really started it for me (funny that I don't own it anymore.) For me it used to be the bigger/chunkier the better, although the pendulum has begun to swing the other way as I've discovered the limits of a 6.75" wrist with the Stowa Seatime (definitely pushing it for me but, oh, how I love the watch.) I'm starting to be drawn to the lower profile divers as they seem a good compromise, but most of the ones in my price range usually get the tag "sub-clone" :) But I'll always love the divers!
2. I've definitley warmed up to the pilot/flieger style and have since acquired an Archimede Pilot that I can't stop looking at when it's on the wrist. Never thought I'd be into the flat bezel-less style but funny how things change. Other things that are growing on me: tonneau cases, dress watches (still hard to imagine owning as my life doesn't have much call for it and I'd rather allocate the watch-buying budget elsewhwere>), quartz (never thought I'd say it), roman numerals, ana-digi watches
3.The no-no's: (please, no offense anyone, they just don't work for me) two-tone watches (shudder), tourbillons, mesh bracelets. I might end up eating those words, but somehow I don't think so.
Anyway, It will be interesting to see where I am a couple of years from now. How have your choices evolved? Please add to/modify the thread any way you see fit. Wanna play?