Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby abduksion » May 12th 2017, 7:07pm

Just wondering if you guys and ladies could be happy with cheaper watches under $2k? I've never spent
more than $500 for a watch that being my Shinola a couple yrs back. I know there are great watches for
$2k and under but how good are they compared to lets say watches in the $3k-5, $5k-10k etc besides finishing,
CS, Quality and movement? A lot of people compare the Seiko Sarb series to the poor mans GS but again how much
of a difference is there between a $400 watch and a $4k watch? In other words lets say both were made with the same
case, bracelet, and dial only difference is the movement should there really be a $3K+ difference? I've come to that
point in my life where I wanna focus on quality watches rather than quantity regardless of brand. But where do I start?
Do I go after Seiko, Citizen Signature? Oris? or something else?
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby spanky1 » May 12th 2017, 7:16pm

I believe the Swiss Made Victorinox watches are a great bang for the buck. Available in both Quartz and automatic movements. Cases are well made, sapphire crystals, fantastic lume, etc. When you spend over 3k it's all about the movement. Is it a Swiss ETA, ETA generic copy, or In House proprietary movement. You can never go wrong purchasing a Grand Seiko. Seiko are the masters of their own destiny and have a wall full of patents to prove it.

https://www.victorinox.com/us/en/Products/Watches/c/TP
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby abduksion » May 12th 2017, 7:18pm

spanky1 wrote:I believe the Swiss Made Victorinox watches are a great bang for the buck. Available in both Quartz and automatic movements. Cases are well made, sapphire crystals, fantastic lume, etc.

https://www.victorinox.com/us/en/Products/Watches/c/TP


I always seem to forget about Victrinox and even Raymond Weil but have no idea how great they are?
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby conjurer » May 12th 2017, 7:22pm

Not truly happy; that comes from other things than watches. Can you be happy with inexpensive watches? Sure. Look for something from a good maker, buy what you can afford, and be proud of it. If you sport a Seiko, or a Citizen, or a Hammy, or whatever, and a Geek turns up his nose, tell him to go fuck himself. If a rich parvenu does the same thing because he's got a Rolex and you don't, kick him as hard as you can in his fucking balls!
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby abduksion » May 12th 2017, 7:29pm

conjurer wrote:Not truly happy; that comes from other things than watches. Can you be happy with inexpensive watches? Sure. Look for something from a good maker, buy what you can afford, and be proud of it. If you sport a Seiko, or a Citizen, or a Hammy, or whatever, and a Geek turns up his nose, tell him to go fuck himself. If a rich parvenu does the same thing because he's got a Rolex and you don't, kick him as hard as you can in his fucking balls!


Hamilton another good brand I keep forgetting. I've had chances to buy a Rolex but I don't feel comfortable
right now spending that kind of money of course it would be used and I would need to workout some
type of payment plan with the people I know.
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Postby smellody » May 12th 2017, 7:56pm

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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby svaglic » May 12th 2017, 8:04pm

I'm happy with my watches and I have only spent over $2,000.00 on one watch, my Grand Seiko. Most of mine are under $500.00. I really enjoy what I have, they are mine and I am proud of what I have.
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby abduksion » May 12th 2017, 9:58pm

svaglic wrote:I'm happy with my watches and I have only spent over $2,000.00 on one watch, my Grand Seiko. Most of mine are under $500.00. I really enjoy what I have, they are mine and I am proud of what I have.

Was that GS a vintage or modern piece?
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby labman » May 12th 2017, 10:06pm

abduksion wrote:Just wondering if you guys and ladies could be happy with cheaper watches under $2k? ....


Hell yeah - Never spent 2k on a watch and never will.

Do I like some watches that cost over 2k - again hell yeah.

Actually never spent a grand on a watch - highest was ~800.

Do I envy other who have watches that cost well over 2k or even who don't own a watch that cost under 2k - hell no.

I don't care what others have or don't have - as they shouldn't care what i have or don't have.

I have other priorities that take precedent over dropping that kind of $$ for a watch.

Nothing against others that can drop 5 or 10k for a watch, it's their choice and good for them (unless they are douche bags, then fuck 'em)

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Postby bedlam » May 13th 2017, 1:44am

The last 3 watches I have bought have been pearlers and I couldn't be happier. A Bulova Moon Watch for $280, Turtle for $360, Glycine Combat Vintage for $399. The retail price has nothing to do with enjoyment, in fact going too high can work against it.

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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby svaglic » May 13th 2017, 7:26am

abduksion wrote:
svaglic wrote:I'm happy with my watches and I have only spent over $2,000.00 on one watch, my Grand Seiko. Most of mine are under $500.00. I really enjoy what I have, they are mine and I am proud of what I have.

Was that GS a vintage or modern piece?


Vintage, the first GS made.
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby TemerityB » May 13th 2017, 7:34am

I have Omegas and a Rolex and Longines and Eterna and down the line, but I enjoy my $40 beaters just as much. I get a kick out of both changing batteries on cheap watches and going to watch fairs and trying on Moritz Grossman and A. Lange. It's all fun to me. This is supposed to be a hobby, not some sort of personal statement. It doesn't matter if someone looks at your watches and passes some sort of judgement. If you enjoy your watch, that's all that matters. I have a $29 Sector that I think is cool, and I don't care if anyone else does.

People have gotten this site all wrong since its inception. Nobody here does or has ever blasted inexpensive watches - we blast inexpensive watches sold with sleazy sales pitches rife with lies; we rip bad customer service; we REPORT bad companies. But people here enjoy everything from Dan Henry and Timex to Rolex and Patek.

Life is short. This should be a hobby with no caste system, so if someone writes something bashing a watch for being inexpensive? That person is an a-hole.

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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby Tzimisces » May 13th 2017, 7:53am

abduksion wrote:Hamilton another good brand I keep forgetting. I've had chances to buy a Rolex but I don't feel comfortable
right now spending that kind of money of course it would be used and I would need to workout some
type of payment plan with the people I know.

My wife bought me a Hamilton for Christmas (that I have yet to post, because I'm lazy).
Grey market, and about $400.

I can't justify spending thousands for a watch when
a) I'm thus far perfectly happy with what I can easily afford
b) there is so much other stuff to spend money on. I have two kids just starting their own families, and we help financially. I have a hundred yr old home that I like working on, so I buy tools and building materials.

Priorities. For me, watches are only one interest, and not the most important. Others may prioritize hobbies differently, or have more resources. But I think that if someone's financial situation forces them to buy watches they are unhappy with, then they should find a different hobby.
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby foghorn » May 13th 2017, 3:06pm

Cheaper than what?
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Postby Mark1 » May 13th 2017, 7:03pm

The question for me is wether I could be happy with expensive watches. I've never paid more than $1200 for a watch and most of mine are sub $500 (many bought used). For some time now, I have been contemplating spending 4 or 5K on a watch just to see how I will feel owning an expensive watch. Got the money just can't get myself to do it yet.
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Postby 3Flushes » May 13th 2017, 7:39pm

I must be able to because I am.
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Postby tiktok » May 13th 2017, 9:00pm

Really want a stainless Nautilus, won't stop hustling till it's reality. I have been cleaning out the box and it is painful. Just sold my Genta Gefica for cash and an Omega, a brand I would never have thought of owning even briefly as the case may be here but I have to say the Omega bracelet is top notch. Do whatever makes you happy, wear the watch for yourself.
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Re: Could you ever be truly happy with cheaper watches?

Postby abduksion » May 13th 2017, 10:36pm

foghorn wrote:Cheaper than what?


Whatever you want it to be
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Postby abduksion » May 13th 2017, 10:40pm

tiktok wrote:Really want a stainless Nautilus, won't stop hustling till it's reality. I have been cleaning out the box and it is painful. Just sold my Genta Gefica for cash and an Omega, a brand I would never have thought of owning even briefly as the case may be here but I have to say the Omega bracelet is top notch. Do whatever makes you happy, wear the watch for yourself.

There are a few brands most would probably ignore that I would love to try Corum, Concord, Ebel, Campanola,
Dodane 1857?, I never thought I'd like Ingersoll till I bought one. There are a lot of brands most would probably
ignore 99% of the time just means more for me.
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Postby bobbee » May 14th 2017, 2:53am

TemerityB wrote:I have Omegas and a Rolex and Longines and Eterna and down the line, but I enjoy my $40 beaters just as much. I get a kick out of both changing batteries on cheap watches and going to watch fairs and trying on Moritz Grossman and A. Lange. It's all fun to me. This is supposed to be a hobby, not some sort of personal statement. It doesn't matter if someone looks at your watches and passes some sort of judgement. If you enjoy your watch, that's all that matters. I have a $29 Sector that I think is cool, and I don't care if anyone else does.

People have gotten this site all wrong since its inception. Nobody here does or has ever blasted inexpensive watches - we blast inexpensive watches sold with sleazy sales pitches rife with lies; we rip bad customer service; we REPORT bad companies. But people here enjoy everything from Dan Henry and Timex to Rolex and Patek.

Life is short. This should be a hobby with no caste system, so if someone writes something bashing a watch for being inexpensive? That person is an a-hole.

I have a drawer full of Croton watches in my office. I wear 'em as office beaters. Don't like it? Suck it.




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Postby Luftwafflles » May 14th 2017, 3:25am

I have been relatively happy with my cheap ass watches. I've never spent over $300 on a watch, and never would. While I can admire the cachet of a Rolex or Patek, they honestly hold no appeal for me. I just can't wear a watch under 46mm. And that rules out all foo foo brands except Breitling. I would love a steel black Super Avenger, or Emergency. If they ever sell for $250, I will buy both.
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Postby itfc1959 » May 14th 2017, 4:53am

Yep, perfectly happy. My kids bought me a twenty squid Germese thing for a birthday present ?five years ago. It looks ok, keeps reasonable time and (amazingly) still works.
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Postby foghorn » May 14th 2017, 5:07am

Luftwafflles wrote:I have been relatively happy with my cheap ass watches. I've never spent over $300 on a watch, and never would. While I can admire the cachet of a Rolex or Patek, they honestly hold no appeal for me. I just can't wear a watch under 46mm. And that rules out all foo foo brands except Breitling. I would love a steel black Super Avenger, or Emergency. If they ever sell for $250, I will buy both.



With the exception of the small percentage of humans, and others that frequent watch fora, 300 bucks is far from a "cheap" watch.
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Postby artman » May 14th 2017, 5:59am

$300 is still expensive to me!
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Postby MKTheVintageBloke » May 14th 2017, 6:06am

I am very happy with my watches, on any of which I've never spent more than $300. The most I ever did, 300 alright, was for that 14K gold Tissot. My two favourite watches, the 1952 Eterna and the 1948 Zenith costed $150 and $200 respectively.
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