When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby abduksion » June 21st 2017, 8:38am

Simple question when your buying a new or used watch what do you usually look for?
Do you look at the price first or something like the looks of the watch then price? And how important
is the movement? Have you ever passed up on a watch cause you didn't like the movement?
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby eddiea » June 21st 2017, 8:48am

Buying a watch is an emotional sometimes impulsive thing, if it appeals to me and is within my means ? I buy it...
Movement to me is 50% of the appealling
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby conjurer » June 21st 2017, 8:54am

If it's really cheap (like around $200 or less) I sometimes jump on a watch that looks good. Then, I end up not wearing it, and flip it for 30% less than I paid just to get rid of it. If it's more expensive, I sometimes jump on a watch that looks good. Then, I end up not wearing it, and flipping it for 40% less than I paid just to get rid of it.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby iwasbanned » June 21st 2017, 9:06am

I make sure it's a watch I really want, even though sometimes it just doesn't work out and I quickly flip. If it's a watch I really want, I'll search for a good deal and will attempt to bargain. I will do my best to buy at a price that I know that if I don't like the watch, I can quickly flip it without taking a big loss.

The movement has become less important to me as it seems almost everyone is making in house nowadays. Eventhough I do expect in-house at a certain pricepoint $3K+.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby svaglic » June 21st 2017, 9:18am

Of course price factors in for me. I see a watch I like and I check the price, if that is good I look at size, if that's good I look at the movement and design. If the price is high, I keep an eye out on watch recon to see if prices come down or someone has a deal. I have gotten awesome deals on deal of the day sites too.

I have two 7750's right now, it would have to be something very cool for me to get another one.
I like a variety of movements, if I see a decent looking watch in a brand or a movement I don't have, I will look at getting one. Like the Rado, I didn't have a Rado, the size was good, the price was good and the beveled crystal was something cool so I got it.

When I look at Seiko or vintage, I want a variety of movements. I look at trying to combine a textured dial with a nice movement or a movement I don't have yet. That's where patience comes into play, waiting for one to turn up at a good price in a dial and movement I want.

Now if it is a beater, it only matters the size, if it looks cool to me and is cheap. Movement and brand don't come into play.

If it is one I want to take apart and try mods on, the cheaper the better.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby TemerityB » June 21st 2017, 9:26am

What eddie wrote is about right: The movement is about half of the decision; prefer autos, sure, but if there's a deal on a high-end quartz, I'll pounce as well. I spent quite a large amount of money on my wife's Omega Constellation quartz without batting an eye, and it was new, as she actually prefers quartz.

As for movements? I like trusty ETA. I already own just about every movement in the 28XX line, as well as a 7750. They run, they're accurate, they last. Sellita has grown on me; all my Oris pieces pack those. Of the Seikos, I own, there are two Kinetics, two solar, and two autos. Nothing wrong with mixing it up. Oddly enough, I like the Orient autos a bunch. Most rock solid stuff out there for the price point.

Old school - I like to see and try on before purchasing, in a store. I know I spend a little more, but I just enjoy that best. For me, price is about fourth on the list of importance, though I do try to get a good deal.

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby abduksion » June 21st 2017, 10:00am

Some great tips here I need to rethink next time I go watch buying I'll admit most of what I
own is well impulse buys which I later end up regretting.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby biglove » June 21st 2017, 1:04pm

Do I like it? Why do I like it? Can I afford it? Will the amount of joy from it justify the price? Am I really sure about that?

Basically this applies only to watches above what I am comfortable with as impulse buys, say over $300.

Still, it is rare that I don't look at a watch for months before I buy it.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby foghorn » June 21st 2017, 3:33pm

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby artman » June 21st 2017, 3:34pm

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby Mark1 » June 21st 2017, 4:03pm

First it must sing to me.........If it does I'll pull the trigger, if the price is reasonable. Of course size, appearance, materials, finish, and value are all part of the choir.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby Racer-X » June 21st 2017, 4:06pm

conjurer wrote:If it's really cheap (like around $200 or less) I sometimes jump on a watch that looks good. Then, I end up not wearing it, and flip it for 30% less than I paid just to get rid of it. If it's more expensive, I sometimes jump on a watch that looks good. Then, I end up not wearing it, and flipping it for 40% less than I paid just to get rid of it.


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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby 32771 » June 21st 2017, 6:32pm

Looks and price. And then after knowing the price what type of movement. (I still can't pay over 1k for a quartz. Only one is my Breitling but that was a gift.)

From that I then usually decide whether to purchase or not.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby bedlam » June 21st 2017, 9:31pm

iwasbanned wrote:I do expect in-house at a certain price point $3K+.

I prefer in-house movements in my watches at all price points.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby bedlam » June 21st 2017, 9:36pm

The thing that most appeals is where a watch perfectly balances very high functionality with impressive engineering and design.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby 3Flushes » June 21st 2017, 11:28pm

There's movements I'm looking for but the wrapping has to be something I can't live without also, either, and not particularly a brand monger, unless of course they make something that meets the previous two conditions.

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby Mortuus » June 22nd 2017, 1:56am

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby tiktok » June 22nd 2017, 2:04am

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby Mortuus » June 22nd 2017, 2:29am

tiktok wrote:History
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There; fixed it for you... 8-)
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby AJC » June 22nd 2017, 6:35am

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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby codguy » June 22nd 2017, 8:28am

Uhm, something that tells me what time it is?
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby bobbee » June 22nd 2017, 12:34pm

AJC wrote:Security guards as I stuff them in my pants.


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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » June 22nd 2017, 1:09pm

Let me think... My two criteria are:
a) whatever I fancy (as long as it's vintage)...
b) ...and I can have it for little money.
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Re: When buying a watch what do you usually look for?

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