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    Making the Jump

    What finally pushed you over the edge to enter a different price bracket for watches? The hurdle for me is a mental one, not financial one. Just seeing how some of you overcame your hurdles to jump the ship to a more expensive watch.

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    For me, it was like in phases:
    Under $500 phase - like you are trying to confirm whether you like the hobbie.
    Under $1000 Phase - Hey, saw watches like Damasko and Stowa and realized that one needs to go higher than $500 to get the nice watch
    Under $5000 phase - Hooah!! Man, these are some FINE watches...
    Over $5K phase - Ugh, my stupid "In-house" Snob Phase.. :(

    I can not WAIT for my snob phase to end but a piece coming this week isn't going to help. :(
    Chronic flipper...


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    Mine have got cheaper and cheaper! Started at £2k, then £800, then £400, now £200 (Forum watch project). Pure coincidence - I've actually been getting flusher over time: might yet go up but I AM starting to appreciate affordables much more now.

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    When I became financially secure - no debt, and a small nest egg in the bank.

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    Never have. My interest is in American vintage and antiques and they are not expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpark21 View Post
    For me, it was like in phases:
    Under $500 phase - like you are trying to confirm whether you like the hobbie.
    Under $1000 Phase - Hey, saw watches like Damasko and Stowa and realized that one needs to go higher than $500 to get the nice watch
    Under $5000 phase - Hooah!! Man, these are some FINE watches...
    Over $5K phase - Ugh, my stupid "In-house" Snob Phase.. :(

    I can not WAIT for my snob phase to end but a piece coming this week isn't going to help. :(
    What was your cool down period between phases?

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    For me it was largely a product of significant life events propelling me to want a "real" watch or a watch that would have significance for the rest of my life. So my progression was:

    1 - childhood, fascination with watches that had bells and whistles and technology, e.g., Timex Ironman

    2 - a long period in between (probably between 12-21) when I didn't wear a watch and just used a cell phone

    3 - graduated college and bought myself a Movado Museum watch (~$400) with the modest amount of discretionary income I had at the time

    4 - graduated law school and began earning a living, so was considering stepping my game up, then saw this baby:

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    Game over. I'd jumped literally by more than an order of magnitude in price, but I'm still loving it and believe I'm going to be wearing this same watch in 50 years.
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    Re: Making the Jump

    Quote Originally Posted by unsub073 View Post
    What finally pushed you over the edge to enter a different price bracket for watches? The hurdle for me is a mental one, not financial one. Just seeing how some of you overcame your hurdles to jump the ship to a more expensive watch.
    I'm going to plead insanity. I can't find any reason to spend as much as I have on a watch.
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    Re: Making the Jump

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    Mine have got cheaper and cheaper! Started at £2k, then £800, then £400, now £200 (Forum watch project). Pure coincidence - I've actually been getting flusher over time: might yet go up but I AM starting to appreciate affordables much more now.
    I think once you come to understand watches, and all the branding and marketing, you see how less expensive boutique brands, and some Japanese are still terrific watches.

    For me, I bought an expensive one, then went to quantity, diversity and bought some less expensive ones like seiko and citizen. Then I bought my last ones which were Swiss and pricey. Now I have a wife and child who warrant money, not buying any more watches which I don't need. Still lome em, just happy with what I have.
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    My poor retirement planning. (But it's soooo far away!)

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