I have owned, worn, flipped quite a few watches. Some (for my budget) were higher end (Zenith/Rolex/Breitling/Omega); some lower end (Citizen/Casio); and some middle level (Tudors, Longines, JDM Seikos). I find I love most watches, regardless of cost, whether higher end or lower end. I dont think higher cost outlay made a watch any more special for me or enjoyable to wear. I owned n wore for several days a week, for 9years, a Rolex DSSD but I think my Seiko Emperor Tunas at 1/4 cost of the Rolex have given me more pleasure and I adore my Casio Mudmaster GWG1000.
So - does cost affect how you appreciate a watch? Do you gain more pleasure the more it costs? Or does getting a bargain give more pleasure? or sentimental connections or memories associated with wearing the watch or ????
This watch gives me more enjoyment than any other - partly cos of exclusivity, it was rare and never sold in the UK; partly cos I got it at a reasonable price; Partly cos it is a copy of such an Iconic Dive watch; partly cos I found it tucked away in a pawn shop and rescued it & had it serviced by Seiko & waited months and got it back pristine; partly cos my wife wanted to buy it for me for our 30th wedding anniversary knowing I loved it even though she thought it ugly.