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    The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    I donít mind looking at a photo of eBay of, say, a gorgeous $50,000 Patek Philippe. Iíll never afford it, and I simply admire it like a painting in a museum. I forget about it as soon as Iím off their website.

    But itís the watches you think are fantastic and beautiful and you CAN afford, really, but know in your gut are too expensive, that hurt. You keep looking at the eBay ad and thinking, it wonít affect my lifestyle at all...but itís really money that should go into an IRA, or the rainy day fund, and someone on your salary really shouldnít spend that much. But God, that would look nice on my wrist. Those are the ones that hurt.

    Strategies for getting over that feeling? Asking for a friend.

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    Re: The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    I hate to say it, but YOLO.

    Don’t be foolish with your money, but only saving and being smart all the time also sucks. Advice from my friend ;)

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    Re: The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    My theory is, if I can pay the bill in full when the credit card bill comes in buy it. As long as it does not hurt us financially.
    Over the years most of the watches I have purchased have been while my wife and I have been on Caribbean cruises. He have ADs that we have established relationships with.
    It is hard to look at a watch, like it, then get a great price and say no. I have said no in the past. We do know our limitations.
    As far as a rainy day fund, we have one and will never touch it for a watch. As far as retirement investing my wife and I do it but we like to enjoy life a little because you never know what the future holds.
    As far as how much a person makes for a living and weather or not they should be wearing a certain priced watch, who cares. It goes back to what I said about affording it.
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    APRO for me, I can afford it easily, but can not justify that much money in a single piece to wear......
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    Planning for the rest of your life is good and important and a priority. But, like, perfection is the enemy of progress or something. Be responsible, plan for the future -- but enjoy the present because tomorrow isn't promised.
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    Re: The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    Quote Originally Posted by xherion View Post
    APRO for me, I can afford it easily, but can not justify that much money in a single piece to wear......
    I have the exact same dilemma with the Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Toubillon.

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    Re: The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    If you want it and can afford it, buy it. If it makes you feel guilty, sell it. If you then regret selling it, buy another.
    Repeat as often as needed, or until you seek counseling, whichever comes first.

    I do not profess to be an expert, but I have been on this forum for quite a while now. As I read and understand it, the above is how WUS operate.

    Not saying itís right...
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    Re: The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    Fortunately if I can't wear it with flip flops (which none of the watches mentioned qualify) as a retiree I am probably not interested regardless of cost.
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    Re: The worst is the watch you kind of can afford, but not really

    Thanks all for helpful/philosophical advice. I should clarify it’s not purely about saving...I have other fun hobbies and trips I spend money on...but resources are not unlimited, and somethings got to give. Save money here, spend it there...

    Interestingly, I’m sure if I asked my s.o. she’d tell me to buy it. She’s more the YOLO type than I am...that seems opposite the experience of most people here, I gather.

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