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    Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    A few years ago, I got myself a Nomos Club. It was my dream watch. Wonderful and all that.
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    The inevitable itch struck a few years later when I was presented the opportunity to buy a mint condition Stowa TO2.
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    for almost two years, I wore the Stowa 90% of the time.

    A month ago, I went on vacation. Saw the lovely quartz Baby Tuna watches at Haneda Airport, Tokyo. I was smitten.
    Ended up buying one a week later.
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    I've been wearing it practically nonstop for the past month.
    It's gorgeous and so much more interesting than my two far pricier watches.

    Yesterday, during a photoshoot, a gorgeous blonde (one of the staff at a corporate headshot session) complimented watch. Sadly, the assistant cut that off so that I did not go off track in the middle of work. DARN! Just as well, I would have been completely sidetracked.

    Ok but so far, my Seiko Solar Tuna has gotten more compliments in the past month than the Stowa and Nomos have in the past few years.
    ack?!?

    Is this the dream? Being able to be happy with a less expensive watch and not having to keep spending more and more to get that dream watch?
    My SNE498 is my least expensive watch in the "collection" but my current favourite. What does this mean for the future of my WIS status.


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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    I feel you there...I've spanned the gamut from Timex to Rolex. And while I loved the higher end (for me) pieces I've owned (Rolex OP36, Aqua Terra, Speedmaster) I've flipped them all and gone back down quite a bit. My two favorites now are a $270 Dan Henry 1970 and a quartz Certina 3 hander. The heart wants what the heart wants!

    ...also I enjoy the far cheaper service costs.

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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    The less money you can spend chasing your dreams, the happier you'll be! I can go either way I suppose. I have expensive and cheap watches and enjoy them all equally. Although, my $400 vintage Vulcain gets more second glances than my $2000 Breitling. I'm sure it's because it looks more expensive, even though the opposite is true.
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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    I hear ya - my $300 Pepsi Turtle gives as much pleasure as some $10k watches Ive owned
    As for the super solar tuna - awesome - but I think were you to find a decent vintage or the 2018 reissue Golden Tuna
    you would see why this is 6x the price and justified.
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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    In 2014 I bought this:



    I had difficulty reading the chronograph elapsed time without glasses.

    In 2016 I bought this for about 1/6th the value of the first:



    Centrally mounted chronograph minute totalizer makes it a breeze to read elapsed time at a glance.

    I sold the first one, still have the second one.

    As comments from non-watch nerds go, the only one I still have that gets noticed is one I scarcely wear, and it is worth about 1/10th the second watch (but should be worth much more-shh!):


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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    You'll love that new one until you see something else you want more, just like the others.

    Do you like the Seiko more just because you get comments on it, or because you actually like it more?

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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    I'm shopping for my first Rolex, but I may have a hard time taking this off my wrist.... Less than $100 invested, including the strap.... and my $135 Titanium Bertucci arrives today...


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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    Quote Originally Posted by imaCoolRobot View Post
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    Ok but so far, my Seiko Solar Tuna has gotten more compliments in the past month than the Stowa and Nomos have in the past few years.
    ack?!?
    Or, it could simply be the fact that both the Nomos and the Stowa were both kind of "meh"...

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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    The ever widening 'wealth and income gap' plays a major role.

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    Re: Inexpensive watches displacing the pricier ones

    Quote Originally Posted by imaCoolRobot View Post
    Is this the dream? Being able to be happy with a less expensive watch and not having to keep spending more and more to get that dream watch?
    My SNE498 is my least expensive watch in the "collection" but my current favourite. What does this mean for the future of my WIS status.
    I think it is the dream of many WUS to find that one watch that ultimately scratches your itch forever more, regardless of price.

    I also think that I'm reading a curious number of statements lately that appear to present being satisfied with affordables as some kind of personal virtue, with the implication that anyone who isn't satisfied with affordables is a flawed person. To which I would say, the pleasure one derives from a watch should be a matter between the individual and the watch; how other people approach this common passion of ours should be irrelevant.

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