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    Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    Tell me about it. I was planning on buying an Omega speedmaster, this particular one in fact
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    But then I started to look around on the web and found a ****load of even more badass ones, and I even expanded my budget to like 10k. I mean I buy watches extremely seldom and I intend to keep it for 1 lifetime so money per year is quite cheap anyway.
    The problem i have now is in decieding on if I want a stylish and masculine "midrange" more or less massproduction non inhouse movement chronograph with lots of buttons and dials or something ultra discreet that "looks like a seiko for 200" but extremely exclusive such as

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    or something unique and weird looking but from a good brand such as
    (fuk these fuking flash based crap sites.. everything flash. really??)
    IWC Schaffhausen | Fine Timepieces From Switzerland | Collection | Da Vinci Family | Da Vinci Chronograph
    Monaco Calibre 12 LSAutomatic Chronograph40.5 mm Black Steel bracelet | TAG Heuer


    Unfortunately I can't buy them all, so i pretty much have to choose one and be happy with it.

    And now I wonder, is it worth the extra money to get a top brand (makes everything inhouse), or is the percieved quailty the same as with the "budget brands" such as omega/tag heuer/breitling and similar? I'm talking materials, execution and finish, durability and feel and such.

    What brands and models do you like?
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    A $10,000 watch? Why you're crazier than those people who spend thousands on a bike!
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    Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    I had one of those cool calculator watches when I was a kid. I was the coolest kid in my fourth grade class.
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    My iPod Touch 5th Generation works pretty well at keeping time. Glass and aluminum, but with a matte finish. Pretty nice-looking, but I have a silicon skin on it so that it doesn't break when I drop it. Still looking at strap options so I can put in on my wrist.

    Oh, and it takes pretty nice photos.
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    don't you have a cell phone to tell the time?

    look down in the lower left of this screen... the time is right there !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    My iPod Touch 5th Generation works pretty well at keeping time. Glass and aluminum, but with a matte finish. Pretty nice-looking, but I have a silicon skin on it so that it doesn't break when I drop it. Still looking at strap options so I can put in on my wrist.

    Oh, and it takes pretty nice photos.
    I have a sony phone/camera/videocamera/gps/playstation/watch/musicplayer/movieplayer/computer/compass/flashlight/calendar/calculator/moneyconverter

    I'm not very impressed with it even though its waterproof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by car bone View Post
    I have a sony phone/camera/videocamera/gps/playstation/watch/musicplayer/movieplayer/computer/compass/flashlight/calendar/calculator/moneyconverter

    I'm not very impressed with it even though its waterproof.
    Well there's your problem. It's not an Apple product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    don't you have a cell phone to tell the time?

    look down in the lower left of this screen... the time is right there !
    To be honest I don't really care about what time it is. ever
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    I haven't owned a watch in over 10 years... I don't miss it. In the past watches were more functional than a luxury.
    The watches you posted look nice and are pricey brands. If I had to chose I'd pick the Patek (it has a nice uncomplicated face) The Tag Heuer looks like the dashboard of a fancy car.
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    Timex is my most expensive piece of jewelery, or is it a Casio. Whatever, it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    A $10,000 watch? Why you're crazier than those people who spend thousands on a bike!
    I would prefer to spend less than 8, or less than 5,5k to be honest (as the initial omega) if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I haven't owned a watch in over 10 years
    I've seen you post that before ... how do you take vitals, nurse?

    My wife always has to have a large face watch with a second hand because she's a nurse too.
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    The best watch that i have owned is the casio gshock with solar battery and atomic time keeping. It has lasted 7 years and gone through the wringer more then a few times.
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    gshocks are unsexy
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    Re: Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    I own a Tag Heuer Link Calibre 6 w/ automatic mech ($2k), Tag Formula One ($1k) and a Suunto Core ($400). The link was a wedding present from my awesome wife and the formula was a gift from my parents when I graduated with my BA. The Suunto is the only one I purchased because I wanted a good abc watch for outdoor pursuits. The formula is my daily driver during the school year and I wear the link when I wear a suit. Nice watches are like king hubs you don't really need them but once you have them you would never downgrade. Honestly though I don't know if I could spend 8k on a watch when the 2-3k models nearly as great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    I had one of those cool calculator watches when I was a kid. I was the coolest kid in my fourth grade class.
    Guy at work still wears one.

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    bigkat. yeah thats the question, how nice are the 2-6k range watches. A guy at work has a link that displays the day in letters, and it looks really nice, I just haven't tried it so I wouldn't know how nice. The rest of the people at work have omega constellations, but I find those watches to be too ugly for me to wear unfortunately even though they seem to be of good quality mechanically speaking.

    anyway I'm not buying anything until christmas and before that I'm gonna go to a few stores that sell all the good brands, they have the top 15 brands for me to try out. I just wanted some input before that.
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    Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

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    I own a Tag Heuer Link Calibre 6 w/ automatic mech ($2k), Tag Formula One ($1k) and a Suunto Core ($400).
    Wow. How 1% of you.


    Honestly, I love the styling of the Tags,
    If I were a 1%er like you I would own them too.
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    you want to be in a criminal bikergang?
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    I have a Tissot V8 that I wear so infrequently, it never has the correct time. (it's one that winds itself while you're walking)
    I love the watch, but am always too afraid to ruin it that I hardly wear it!!

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    I have a Tag Heuer Calibre 16 like this:

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    It's an excellent watch and in the $4-5K range. For a daily-worn watch, its great. One thing to think about - given that you sound like you'll wear this watch daily - is how will you feel when it gets dinged or scratched, because it WILL get dinged and scratched.

    Personally, I don't care about in-house vs. outsourced movements, though the in-house adds substantially to the price. Basically any watch you buy from the major brands is going to be reliable, accurate and last much, much longer than you will (if cared for properly) - which leads to another point.

    Mechanical watches need to be serviced ~every 2 years. Getting your run-of-the-mill Tag, Rolex or Omega serviced is like a $600 job from a GOOD shop who will service it in-house. Good luck getting a Patek serviced for that price (unless they include service with purchase - if they do, DEFINITELY factor that into the relative value of the watch, because it adds up).

    Couple other things to think about . . . whatever you get, make sure you go straight from the jeweler where you bought it to your insurance agent, before you even put it on. You will DEFINITELY need to schedule it on your policy, its not cheap, and be prepared to get asked a lot of questions and prove authenticity.

    Personally, I'd never want anything more than what I have now for a daily wearer. Tag make excellent watches, as does Omega. Rolex - IMO - are really nice too, but I don't see the added value for the price.

    Edit: I should also add that I use the chronograph on my watch regularly as part of my work. If you don't think you'll use it, I'd not get it as it complicates the internal movement (i.e., jacks up the service costs).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I've seen you post that before ... how do you take vitals, nurse?
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    The next watch I'm getting will be my beater. I'm restoring my old one to new condition and then i won't wear it anymore because its getting old and I want to keep it in as new condition for the rest of eternity. This next one I will wear every day no matter what, if it breaks it breaks, then i repair it. If its expensive it should be able to handle everyday use for at least 10-15 years otherwise its sh1t imo.
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    Re: Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Wow. How 1% of you.


    Honestly, I love the styling of the Tags,
    If I were a 1%er like you I would own them too.
    Lol I'm probably the only 1%er driving a 10 year old subaru. Honestly though if I hadn't received the watches as gifts I probably would only own the Suunto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryantrek View Post
    I have a Tissot V8 that I wear so infrequently, it never has the correct time. (it's one that winds itself while you're walking)
    I love the watch, but am always too afraid to ruin it that I hardly wear it!!
    Tissot also makes really nice watches. I've got a V8 as well that has really stood the test of time (no pun intended).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, Three Mississippi........
    I figure that'd go over like a turd in the punchbowl if a doctor found out that's how they were doing it ... even though the doctor probably does it too.

    OTHO, it could just be a difference between Canadian and Amerian health care "Good enough, eh?".

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    RE: Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    I have TAG I bought 11 years ago for around $1500. I've worn it most days since I bought it. Its taken a lot of abuse and still works fine and I still like the look of it.

    Not really in the same league as the ones your looking at though. If I had the cash I'd get a Panerai Luminor.
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    Also look at previously enjoyed vintage watches. Lots of good reputable sellers on ebay. More unique or collectible styles and won't get hit with depreciation. Don't pay retail. If you're ever in downtown Los Angeles, the jewelry mart offers high end watches discounted 20-30% off suggested retail.

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    I remember as an older teenager, that I wanted a Tag Heuer watch.

    So i saved up some money and off I went to a jeweler that sold Tags in the mall where I worked as a clerk.
    I told the guy behind the counter I wanted to look at them.

    I saw the price tag on the watch. $4500

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    I have a Tag Heuer Calibre 16 like this:

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    It's an excellent watch and in the $4-5K range. For a daily-worn watch, its great. One thing to think about - given that you sound like you'll wear this watch daily - is how will you feel when it gets dinged or scratched, because it WILL get dinged and scratched.

    Personally, I don't care about in-house vs. outsourced movements, though the in-house adds substantially to the price. Basically any watch you buy from the major brands is going to be reliable, accurate and last much, much longer than you will (if cared for properly) - which leads to another point.

    Mechanical watches need to be serviced ~every 2 years. Getting your run-of-the-mill Tag, Rolex or Omega serviced is like a $600 job from a GOOD shop who will service it in-house. Good luck getting a Patek serviced for that price (unless they include service with purchase - if they do, DEFINITELY factor that into the relative value of the watch, because it adds up).

    Couple other things to think about . . . whatever you get, make sure you go straight from the jeweler where you bought it to your insurance agent, before you even put it on. You will DEFINITELY need to schedule it on your policy, its not cheap, and be prepared to get asked a lot of questions and prove authenticity.

    Personally, I'd never want anything more than what I have now for a daily wearer. Tag make excellent watches, as does Omega. Rolex - IMO - are really nice too, but I don't see the added value for the price.

    Edit: I should also add that I use the chronograph on my watch regularly as part of my work. If you don't think you'll use it, I'd not get it as it complicates the internal movement (i.e., jacks up the service costs).
    the carreras are also on my radar, they have a few really attractive ones. I would put these next to some of the nicer speedmasters.
    I wont feel anything if it gets scratched, I'll just fix it or live with it. it will be my daily watch whichever one I get. These are current production ones so spares should be readily available for like 15 years or so, then I retire it. My current watch is made out of tungsten carbide so it never dings or scratches, but it chips and cracks instead, and now its time to get it looking and feeling like new and retire it. I'm changing all seals, all pins in the bracelet and changing all link parts that has chipped for new ones now when its time to retire it. Thats how much i love my current one. And I will love the next one just as much but it wont be as special to me since whatever i get i can buy it over the counter, today.

    I think Rolexes are ugly and have never really considered one. and how would i tell if its fake? the fakes look EXACTLY like the real ones, and then its no fun anymore.

    The pateks are really too expensive i think, sure all of them are gold or platinum (which i have no use or desire for at all) but the jaeger is just as nice and costs 1/3, in steel. I like the discrete look of those 2. Real sleepers. I could probably leave those on a bench at work unattended and no one would ever know.

    I also dislike Breitling, too many fakes and their designs are just too hmm untasteful, they look like gigantic spaceships from planet nibiru.
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    bigkat. yeah thats the question, how nice are the 2-6k range watches. A guy at work has a link that displays the day in letters, and it looks really nice, I just haven't tried it so I wouldn't know how nice. The rest of the people at work have omega constellations, but I find those watches to be too ugly for me to wear unfortunately even though they seem to be of good quality mechanically speaking.

    anyway I'm not buying anything until christmas and before that I'm gonna go to a few stores that sell all the good brands, they have the top 15 brands for me to try out. I just wanted some input before that.
    Find a watch with a face you can make sense of but the band makes or breaks the watch. The tag link band is awesome... Probably the most comfortable band ever. As far as price unless it's a dive watch I can't see spending over 3k especially if you are wearing it everyday. Seems like 2-3k range gets you the quality minus the bling.
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    The Tag Grand Carrera is an AWESOME watch. I'd be very, very happy to have one of those.

    I agree with you on the Rolex and Breitlings. I just don't care for them at all, and the fakes are very difficult to spot (which is why I'd never buy a watch on eBay or anywhere else online.

    No way I'd ever spring for a Patek . . . just not worth it to me.
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    and the "bling" is subjective
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    I think the wild monaco in the first post is like a grand carrera, on acid
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I've seen you post that before ... how do you take vitals, nurse?

    My wife always has to have a large face watch with a second hand because she's a nurse too.
    I work in management. Although I don't provide direct patient care, I'm still in contact with large numbers of patients, staff and visitors daily so I don't wear a watch (or rings) at work. The policy at our hospital is that staff are not to wear rings or arm jewellry because studies show that the jewellry harbors microbials. Even hand washing and hand sanitizers can't rid the microbials as effectively as just not wearing it and sanitizing the hands. I supply the staff nurses with special timepieces they can attach to their lanyards or pin to their uniforms.

    I did a study on my units looking at data pre policy implementation in 2007 to 2013 which demonstrated a steady and significant result that effective hand sanitizing and following the no jewelry policy reduced the number of annual outbreaks.
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    I haven't owned or worn a watch in well over 15 years. The strap always made my wrist itchy. Personally, I think cell phones have made watches obsolete long ago.

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    Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    The key to buying "high end" watches is to buy them used. This takes some knowledge to weed out fakes and to understand when a good deal is at hand. I search watchrecon for what is for sale on the forums. Please pm me if you have any questions or need help. Btw, I use the same login name on WATCHUSEEK, the biggest watch forum on the net.

    IMO, omega, especially used, are the best value watches to get in your range.

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    I got a titanium Breitling Aerospace a dozen years ago. I really like it, because for a fairly large watch it's pretty light. It also splits the dress/"sport" gap fairly well, so I wear it all the time. I had to get it cleaned and serviced last year (by Breitling) and it cost a grand+... that stung.

    I got married in Schaffhausen Switzerland, and I'd love to have an IWC Portuguese for business / dress. But I can no longer get my head around spending that much bank on a watch I'd rarely wear.

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    Coincidentally, I just read this article.

    The Last Psychiatrist: Luxury Branding The Future Leaders Of The World

    Plz read before continuing with your decision. The entire thing. Take it in. Then tell us, honestly, if you still want that watch.

    Thanks!

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    Casio G-Shock vibrating alarm watch. $50.

    Not waking the wife at 5am when getting up for an early ride. Priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikemaya View Post
    Coincidentally, I just read this article.

    The Last Psychiatrist: Luxury Branding The Future Leaders Of The World

    Plz read before continuing with your decision. The entire thing. Take it in. Then tell us, honestly, if you still want that watch.

    Thanks!
    I am so disappointed I wasted my time reading that article.
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    My dad has a wicked collection of expensive watches. Brands i have never heard of that he assures me are big pimpin.

    I would never spend that much on a watch, dont even wear them..... but, when dad takes the big dirt nap i will own a bunch of cool ones. Sounds callous, i dont mean it to be. This has been a running joke with us for years.



    I'm sure this is NOT the correct model, but he is fond of the lum tec brand and has a few of them.

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    Wowzers.... 10K on a watch!!! To each their own, and I hope you find the best one for your needs. I am 34 years old and have only wore a watch three times in my life, all three deployments to the desert, and that is it. I have no need for "accessories", especially in the $10K range.
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    If you are married take the money and buy your wife the watch. Every time you go out you will get much more enjoyment seeing her wear it. Maybe not the most popular view but if you are not married save your money - when you get older you will appreciate that you did not accumulate a lot of meaningless stuff that you have to keep up with and worry about.

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    I don't wear a watch, but the guys I know that can afford high end watches wear fakes because nobody ever questions it. Most of them travel and they don't want to be burdened with having to keep track of stuff. Maid steals his watch, the joke is on her and he can easily replace for a few bones next time he is in NYC. By contrast I could be wearing a real "submariner" and everyone would assume it was fake.

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    I've always been fascinated by the internal mechanical workings of an analog watch. I own a few and wear one on special occasions. This is a very rare Tiffany & Co. from the 1920's with Rolex innards. Bought it from a gentleman who was selling off his lifetime collection. Keeps excellent time- just needs to be wound...

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    Do you own or have owned a high end watch?

    I have never worn a watch in my life, so 10k sounds crazy to me. But, if it is a personal item you will carry with you for a lifetime and something that might be handed down for sentimental value, I say go for it if you are able to swing it. Get the one you want since you will be looking at 5 billion times over your lifetime.
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    If by high end you mean Timex Iron man yes. Owned several, bands usually die before they do. These days I rock a less functional fashion time piece a blue Neff.
    So far not regretting the 12 dollar investment. Received numerous compliments on it this past year. Probably guaranteed not to be cool next year.
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    I love a nice diving watch, i have two Citizen promasters both a bit over 1k, they do the job i need them for and i love them.
    A watch you like is cool seeings you look at it many times a day, and if you dive you need a reliable one.
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