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    I can't stand new watches

    Hi all!

    Ok, so I know that's going to sounds weird, but I'm starting to become one of these vintage stuff weirdos.

    I like old watches. I like to buy them broken and get them fixed/serviced. I like when there is mold on the dial, scratches on the case, rust on the hands. I always liked it, but lately I can't even stand new watches. It's gotten to the point that i'm considering selling most of my recent watches.

    The weird thing is, I also love old cars, but I like them better when they are in showroom condition, which is the complete opposite of how I like my watches.

    Anyone feels the same?

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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    I can relate to the classic cars. I like the retro mod or all original.

    If you are doing the restoration/repair to the watch yourself, I can understand why you enjoy it. I would too. I don’t know if I would go as far as disliking new watches.


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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    Sorry Jake. I really like vintage cars but prefer my watches to be all new and covered in plastic when I get them.
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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    Interesting! I love getting a brand new watch but totally see where you are coming from. Good for you! Very cool to buy old watches and fix them up.


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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    Definitely no mold for me.
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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    I prefer new or contemporary watches, but I have some vintage pieces that please me as well. But when it comes to vintage, I am willing to accept signs of use but not abuse. No corrosion, no deep scratches, and dials in particular should be very clean. I have always disliked tropical dials, for example. I do love evenly faded tritium markers and hands.
    I have collected vintage in the past. At this time in my watch collecting however, I have not been pursuing vintage (with the exception of IWC Titan chronographs which, having been made from 1980 to 1996, are considered vintage now). Still, having retained some knowledge and experience in the vintage vein, I certainly keep my eyes open for interesting or inexpensive examples.
    Side note about cars: in the town where I live, there is a vintage early 50's panel wagon that is nearly completely oxidized. Yet the sound of the engine suggests it is in top tune. The painted lettering on the rear door says proudly, "In Rust We Trust." It is beautiful in an unconventional way.

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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    New and old, plenty of room for both if you like anything-watch related, IMHO.
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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    I'll meet you half-way with "I can't stand new watch prices".
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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    Not me. If there's patina, I like knowing that I'm the one who put it there. Not sure why, not sure I even care to know why...
    "I think I may make bold to say, that there is neither any other Mechanical or Mathematical thing in the World that is more beautiful or curious in texture than this my watch or Timekeeper for the Longitude..." ~John Harrison F.R.S., 1759

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    Re: I can't stand new watches

    Not me. I dont like vintage watches - while i like their style, I prefer the convenience and reliability of modern watches (so am a sucker for re-issues).

    Also: I dont like marks, scars, dings and other such things. Wabi my ass - to me, they dont tell a story, they make the watch look beat up :)
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