I showed my parents my Royal Oak, a d they thought it was nice. I don't think they like it better than the Tank watch they gave me for graduation some 30-odd years ago.
I showed them my Explorer, Alpinist & Bremont too. That's when Mom asked what happened to the watch she and Dad gave me for graduation, noting that she thought I had it on last week when I visited her and Dad.
I told her I still have it and that it's just fine. Mom was quick to remind me that she and Dad had paid a lot for that watch and that "President Kennedy wore one just like it."
In her mind, that prolly makes it better than my AP. And in a way, the way that matters most, really, it is. They sacrificed a lot to buy that watch, I guess it shouldn't surprise me that over all these years, Mom actually had paid attention to whether I was wearing it.
I know they've never heard of AP. Indeed, when I said "AP," they mentioned the grocery store, thinking I may have gotten it there. LOL
I had to laugh. But I learned my lesson too: when I go see Mom, always wear the watch she gave me.
So, what was your parents' reaction to your pricey watch?
As for the watches themselves, their specific comments included:
-> AP: Nice, but garish, heavy and big; people will see you coming wearing that one.
-> Explorer: Why didn't they put a twelve at the top? Too big, but it looks alright. I've heard of Rolex; they're supposed to be expensive, but it's your money...
-> Bremont S501: Clunky; too big.
-> Ball: That's ugly; too big; too heavy; that rubber strap will snap one day and you will lose it if you're in the water.
-> Seiko Alpinist: Nicest one of the bunch; good size; the green is pretty, but where are you gonna wear a green watch?
-> Overall: Some of them look nice, but you like them, and that's all that matters.
As I was leaving, Mom called me back to the sitting room and said, "Say. Why don't leave the green one here and let your father wear it."
That wasn't really a request I could refuse, so I hollered for Dad and put the Alpinist on his wrist. It looked nice on him and he looked pleased as punch wearing it. He said it was nice and that I should come get it whenever I need it.
Of course, that isn't happening. I'm pretty sure he'll wear that watch until it or he dies. I'm just glad Mom didn't like my RO. LOL
No, I didn't tell them what I paid for my AP or any of the rest of my new watches. And, in keeping with their sensibilities about such things, they didn't ask.