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    THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    Every now & then, when someone I know becomes aware that I’m a watch enthusiast, they’ll look at whatever’s on their wrist and say something like

    Yeah, I wanna nice watch but I don’t know what to get. What’s a good watch?’

    The stock response is ‘How much do you want to spend?’ Seems to me that this is the most sensible question because it really narrows down the search parameters. However, the normal response to that question is a shrug of the shoulders followed by, ‘I dunno, how much is a good one?’

    It made me wonder, what’s the least amount of questions you’d have to ask someone in order to determine the right type of watch for them? It isn't easy. Asking most people if they prefer automatic, kinetic or standard quartz is as useful as asking Donald Trump for a solution to the middle-east problem. Are they patient enough to maintain an expensive automatic? Is lume going to be an issue? Strap or bracelet?

    Similarly, lots of people use these forums to ask What’s the right watch for me? - type questions. It’s not always easy to give a good, quick answer. Just narrowing it down to a type of watch is a good start. Do they swim a lot? Yes? Ok maybe they need a diver; do they have more money than sense? Ok, a vintage Blancpain might be in order...etc

    So, if you could narrow it down to no more than three simple questions, what would they be?

    Example:

    1. Do you want to wear it for work or play?
    2. How much do you want to spend?
    3. Will you want to swim with it?


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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    Sounds interesting. I'll take a stab at it:

    1. What is the primary purpose of the watch? Something for formal wear, casual wear, desk diving, blue collar working, or to impress other people, etc.
    2. What kind of maintenance are you willing to put up with? Servicing mechanicals, replacing batteries, scratched glass, broken straps, etc.
    3. What is your personal logic regarding cost:value ratio? From there we can build a budget.




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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    What he said seems like a good start

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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    I take a u turn here, If someone ask me that like what Zacii said,


    1. I pretty much collecting a vintage watches that is very uncommon/not well known brand and has to be 100% original including box and paper. For example Universal Geneva. Universal Geneva is Top Ten swiss made but rarely heard to watch collector. So I find uncommon watches more interesting than well known watches like Rolex, IWC and list goes on. It is boring since almost everyone has it.

    2. Everything, I want a fresh re-service.

    3. Shut up, name the price. Period! :D Okay anything up to 4K

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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    Is the question: "what is a good watch"?
    I wouldn't ask any questions. I'll tell them to go to google, do some research and then come back to me with some ideas.
    The knowledge accrued and amount of time they've spent doing research will tell me how much effort I'd want to put into helping them.
    However I'll play the OP's game:
    1 would you like to start a collection?
    2 how much per year are you willing to spend?
    3 can you afford a subC ND?


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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    1/ How much are you looking to pay?
    2/ What style of watch do you want? (Diver, sport, dress etc.)
    3/ Would you prefer quartz or mechanical?

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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    1) What kind of car do you drive? (or what kind of car would you like to drive within your financial means?)
    2) How do you dress for work?
    3) What are your recreation activities?

    Good question...except for the political commentary that the OP felt the need to include.
    Last edited by badindianswamp; December 27th, 2015 at 20:50.
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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    Quote Originally Posted by Strike151 View Post

    ‘I dunno, how much is a good one?’
    Tell them 10k and get a Rolex. But you got the questions spot on, and the first question I would ask is how much is your budget? With that I can easily think of what good brands that suits the budget.
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    THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    How much do you want to spend?

    How much are you actually willing to spend?

    Do you like the Speedy Pro?
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    Re: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

    1) what situations will you wear it in? (as in dress-code and activities)
    2) what is your wrist size?
    3) what is your budget? (and if they give a dumb response like "I don't know, how much is a good watch?", slap them and ask again or tell them not to waste your time).

    Really - without budget the conversation is moot. There are nice watches at $50K, $10K, $5K, $2K, $1K, $500, $200. If people have no sense of approximate range they are looking to spend, they are not ready for conversation. I mean, does anyone go to a car dealership and say - how much is a nice car?

    PS. OP - Political comment unnecessary. Will leave it at that
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