Musings of a weak man confused by something so small who could have prevented things with more research (crowdsourced title)
Yep, bought the wrong watch. Spent more money on a frivolous item than I ever had in my life. Enough money that I could have taken my family on vacation for a week to somewhere nice and create a lifelong memory but instead I bought a watch I didn't like.
So here is what I learned.
1. An unfitted watch, loose on your wrist in an AD looks nothing like a watch on your wrist as you go to work or wander around town.
2. Those little tilted mirrors in the stores are useless. You need a full length mirror.
3. Do not worry about admiring yourself in a full length mirror with the watch on. No matter the justification, ultimately you are buying a piece of jewelry and you care what you look like wearing it. Don't pretend you don't. Don't lie to yourself and don't feel ashamed of it. If you are going to buy fancy time jewelry, buy it loud and proud or don't do it at all.
4. Don't worry about taking up the time of the salespeople. You are spending a ton of money, even if in most AD's an omega is a cheap watch. To bad so sad they got the newbie. Chances are tomorrow they'll get the person that buys the pink diamond sight unseen. Look at watches as much as you want until they ban you from the store. Lord knows they won't give you any kind consideration if you have second thoughts after wearing it a week (your mileage may vary here).
5. Omega Boutiques don't work on commission. They are there to make you love the brand and hopefully buy a watch now or in the future. Make them put on their white gloves and pull the watches out of the case.
6. If you've been lusting after a certain watch (i'm looking at you 300m seamaster) since your 20's, try on other watches too. Don't get too focussed in on your supposed dream watch. Long term lust has a way of tainting the eye. You might miss out on putting the watch you really should buy on your wrist instead of the watch you think you should buy.
7. Just because other people like the watch, doesn't mean you have to (looking at you speedmaster...i get it, you are a space watch with a storied history and robust caliber. I don't like the look of you, never will, though many lust after you. Not my taste.)
8. Shiny in the AD catches your eye, but might not be the best long term. Be realistic (again I'm looking at you 300m with your gloss face and ceramic dial).
9. Purchasing the wrong watch will make you feel sick and no amount of rationalization will make you feel better about it. Review rules 1-7
10. When you sell the watch on craigslist you will take a bath. Forget about it. Sunk cost, nothing you can do about that. Don't think about what that could do for the kids. Buying a watch is an inherently selfish act. Make peace with that.
11. Don't take a huge bath on craigslist. Everyone will lowball you, or try and pay over paypal/moneygram. You want nothing to do with either of those types.
12. Having a Russian contact you from craigslist for a meet will make your imagination run wild with all the stories of badass Russian gangsters that have shaken down various people you sort of know.
13. You will not eat well the day of the meetup, you will go online so you can identify counterfeit 50's and 100's at a 2m distance.
14. You say goodbye to your family and walk to starbucks thinking the whole time of that guy in the states somewhere who sold his diamond ring on craigslist and was shot. CYBERCRIME!
15. At starbucks, instead of a tatooed badass gangster kind of like Mickey Rourke in Iron Man, you will see a well dressed 30 something dude with a speedy on his wrist (nice watch, looks good).
16. After some humming and hawing he will offer you a hundred bucks less then your asking price and you will eagerly take it. He'll hand you a huge stack of 100's to count, which you try and do on the sly, which means you look stupidly obvious and the starbucks baristas will look at you funny later when you buy a coffee.
17. He will have the giddy look of someone who just saved a ton of money on basically a new watch, you will have a giddy look because you made your peace earlier, and now that watch you don't like, turned back into a lot of money.
18. Go to Safeway, buy some diapers, bread, and whatever else was on your grocery list that you supposedly were going out to do, pay for it with a 100, and jump for joy when the cashier doesn't call the cops, verifying that you were indeed paid in legal tender not Russian mob bills.
19. Go home, order new watch online.
Hopefully never repeat.