QUOTE(vankodoq @ May 12 2021, 11:14 AM)
Just a curious question, how do you guys see affordable watches?
I'm a relatively new watch enthusiast and to be honest, at first I felt intimidated when people are talking about watch as a hobby
Because from general middle-class point of view, it immediately connects to watches like Rolex, Patek, AP, Omega, and other brands that are largely unaffordable
It's not until a friend of mine introduced me to a much more affordable brands, like Seiko or Orient, that I found my interest in watches
Of course in the end I want to have a couple of those atas brands, but since I'm in the hobby, I somehow want to share to the general public that it's not always about the expensive brands
That is a valid view point – that it’s not always about expensive brands.
For most of us, watch collecting is just a hobby. There are myriad facets to the hobby (any hobby really), from acquisition, design, mechanics, engineering, maintenance, modification, history etc... And as hobbies go, it always starts with an individual sense of enthusiasm, growing into a more communal experience. (Note that I speak of hobbies and enthusiasts, not commerce and flippers. That’s a whole other can of worms.)
Some enthusiasts can afford to splurge, some are constrained, some like min-maxing within that constraint, some enjoy knowledge and understanding rather than material accretions, some achieve satisfaction from acquiring rare or valuable pieces, some flex on IG.... it means different things to different people.
Don’t dampen your enthusiasm and experience simply because you think you can’t afford a Patek, AP, Rollie, FPJ, Omega whatever... few people can. You don’t have to own it to appreciate it. Don’t feel the need to have to keep up with the Joneses. We genuinely don't wanna see fellow forumers end up with AKPK or Insolvency Dpmt. Likewise, those who genuinely like watches would appreciate an interesting timepiece regardless of price tag. That's not even to say about the fact that the general population don't really know and care about the watches we wear and might only be attracted to its looks (*insert fashion watch joke
Besides, there’s a whole world of brands out there with plenty of value like your friend had suggested. Conglomerate brands, independents, microbrands. Seiko, Orient, Citizen, Casio, Minase, Christopher Ward, Smiths, Marathon, Zelos, Farer, Baltic, Tissot, Titoni, Mido, Sinn, Vostok, Stowa, Magrette, Doxa....shit dude, Seiko 5 alone got so much going on in its sub category that you can stay occupied with it for years!
Don’t have to jump off the deep end yet, even if you can afford to. Like friedrice bro mentioned, research and save up for that solid first piece that you will wear for a long long while. Not only would it be very puas hati, you would have learnt a lot more about watches along the way, talked to a lot of people and learn from them about what to observe and avoid, it would also make a lot more financial sense in the long run.
In parting, I would stress again that this is a hobby, its not a competition. Stay safe, happy raya and welcome to the dark side!This post has been edited by pleasuresaurus: May 12 2021, 03:15 PM