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    Watch snobbery - Does it exist?

    Slightly bizarre question but if a Breitling owner sees a G Shock owner, do they think less of them (as an example)?

    I almost work on reverse snobbery (same with cars - Used to own a rather nice one, had to sell it due to vandalism, my World collapsed, I got a sensible car, and now enjoy not worrying about it!) but do appreciate a finely crafted watch.

    For me a watch just needs to work without constant attention, look okay but not be "flashy" (gold a definitie no no) and take abuse without self destructing.

    I only say this because I've noticed a refreshing LACK of snobbery on this website - Rolex owners also have G Shocks as an example - Make a nice change.

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    Re: Watch snobbery - Does it exist?

    I don't know about snobbery but I do know that my PO rules all :)~

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    Watch snobbery DEFINITELY exists.
    I don't think (hope not anyway) ppl. look down on the OWNERS of what they perceive as lesser brands, but ppl. certainly look down on brands.
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    Re: Watch snobbery - Does it exist?

    Absolutely. I think the average real WIS doesn't look down on lesser brands (as you say, they probably own a wide range themselves), but the huge majority of (non-WIS) prestige watch owners do. Most expensive watches are marketed and sold as status symbols (or marks of success, if you prefer), after all.

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    Good points already made (except about the PO - they suck! ha ha)

    However, snobbery will always exist. The appreciation for a mechanical watch is probably not much different from an appreciation for art, and we all know how snobby art connoisseurs can be. Probably a lot of it has to do with a lot of money and not much refinement in taste, especially when the watch is meant to show off one’s wealth.

    I also think we all draw the line at price vs. performance somewhere different. For many, that line stops at Timex, for others, it’s a Rolex Sea-Dweller, and for others it’s Patek or even something more exotic. I personally think blowing tens of thousands of dollars on a single watch is silly, but there are probably many more people who would look at my moderate watch collection with the same thoughts.

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    Re: Watch snobbery - Does it exist?

    Quote Originally Posted by quoll View Post
    Absolutely. I think the average real WIS doesn't look down on lesser brands (as you say, they probably own a wide range themselves), but the huge majority of (non-WIS) prestige watch owners do. Most expensive watches are marketed and sold as status symbols (or marks of success, if you prefer), after all.
    Most non-wis watch owners are only aware 3 or 4 brands of watches even exist.
    The snobbery is amongst the WIS.
    Case in point:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=52591
    I realise the above was done mainly in jest, but if I'm an Invicta guy, I'm unamused.
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    I agree that it exists. There's snobbery in all walks of life. I was once a watch snob, in fact I think I posted about that on this forum I'm not anymore though (as I sit here with a Precista PRS-18Q on one wrist and a G-Shock on the other)!! BTW, the 18Q is spot on after a week when compared to my atomic synced G-Shock. Great value quartz diver in a great Fricker made case.

    The snobbery seems so silly to me now. What exactly defines "better" in a watch? If my G-Shock provides me with the functionality I need on a daily basis and a Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Patek, or whatever doesn't, then I'd say the G-Shock is better. Great mechanical movements in jewelry finished cases that cost thousands aren't "better" if they don't provide the functionality I want when I want it! And why do some think (and I used to be among this camp) that a mechanical movement is better than quartz if after a month the quartz has gained the amount of time the mechanical gained in a day? That to me is snobbery, or just holding on to a romantic emotional feeling about the past. Btw, I still think mechanicals are cool. I just don't want a lot of them.

    So yeah, watch snobbery exits. It's alive and well, even among a lot of WIS.
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    I am a reverse watch snob, and damn proud of it!

    As can be seen by my "collection" in my signature, I only buy crap. :gold

    I look down on anybody who buys quality!

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    Re: Watch snobbery - Does it exist?

    It does exist, not just in watch collectig but sadly in life in general as well. I like the toughness and functions of my G-Shocks which I wear for work. But being a CNC machinist I can also look at a mechanical and appreciate the engineering and craftsmanship that goes into the design those watches.

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    I own a $15 Armitron that I wear while working dirty, I have a fake Fossil that I bought in Mexico for $10, I have a genuine Fossil bought from ROSS dept. store, and I also own a Armitron Collector Looney Tunes watch that is 12yrs old.

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