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So, how do YOU know that a watch is appealing? I know this has been covered "ad nausea", but for me it seems to constantly change.

I read and hear so many (instantaneous) reactions to the timepieces viewed, that I wonder . . . how do they know???????:pk

With all the timepieces that we see on a daily basis (either in-person or in cyberspace), how do you know, that you like it? What runs through your mind as you see a specific watch? How do you know that you like it? Are you even aware what your criteria are?:t :lol


Is it the brand name?

Country of origin?

Is it the case size?

Case shape?

Movement?

Strap/Bracelet?

Case/dial color?

Price?


WHAT? :wf



Be specific . . . this is an attempt for you to articulate what you like (if you know). :%
 

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Good question Rick and one that could be asked over and over since people's tastes are constantly evolving.

1) Is it the brand name? - Not for me. It is watch style that really dictates if I am interested in a watch or not

2) Country of origin? - Could care less. See #1

3) Is it the case size? - Yes and no - I typically will not wear anything below 45-48mm, but as I have posted before, I base my measurements on entire case/crown size. So that opens up many watches. My recently sold MM was 44mm, but with the crown was perfect for me. My Seiko 5 Diver is not huge, but the overall case size fits me perfectly.

4) Case shape? Yes. For the most part I only really like round watches. There are 1 or 2 square watches I like, but it is hard for me to actually purchase them.

5) Movement? - Don't care. Do I like automatics, sure. But I will buy a watch because I like it first and wont NOT purchase a watch because it is not an automatic.

6) Strap/Bracelet? Yes. Primarily I am going to want a bracelet for my personal watches. Rubber would be a distant second

7) Case/dial color? I will not wear gold or rosetone. I primarily like silver watches and some black. Some color in the dials/hands is fine (I have many yellow dial watches) but on the bracelet, either all silver or maybe some black incorporated into the bracelet. But that is it for me.

8) Price? Well price plays into everyone's purchasing decisions. Some of my favorite watches (Oris, Breitling) are $1000 and up and I might never be able to buy them. So my purchasing IS obviously somewhat controlled by my budget. I think this is the same for everyone, just some people can afford high priced watches.

Finally I could care less if a watch is deemed a "luxury" brand or not. Watch collecting for me has never been about "brand name" on my wrist. I am completely about buying watches that I will actually wear. If I won't wear it then if the price is $50 or $5000 is irrelevant (to me). My watch collecting/WEARING thinking above makes this hobby/obsession FUN for me.
 

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I have some pretty simple criteria

1) Size 48mm to ?
2) Strap Bracelet Only at this time
3) Case Shape mainly round, but I am diggin some rectangle stuff
4) Movement well. I am a quartz guy, but I am buying auto's mainly right now
5) Dial layout is very important to me
6) Finish I will not own a bead blasted watch (They drive me nuts)
7) Brand specific, no but look at the list above and not many MFG fall into that category
8) Price Sure, I refuse to ever spend money on a high end watch. What you get for the Money does not work for me.
9) Last but not least Color, I dont do ANY watch that has color on the Bezel. (Pepsi watch as an example) Nasty!!!
 

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Excellent topic of conversation.

1: My personal preference would be the style and uniqueness of the timepiece itself. I do like what the Sthurling group brings to the table, like the Maurice LaCroix, just a bit beyond my spending range currently.

2: Country of origin is of no concern.

3: My cases run from 22 to 52mm.

4: Of no concern, cases can run from thin and streamline to hockey puck (emperors granduer).

5: I prefer automatics or mechanical automatics over quartz, with some or all skeletionazation it helps to show off the watchmakers craftsmanship, while adding to the uniqueness. I have two quartz a Rado which the local jeweler shattered the crystal trying to replace the battery, crystal replacement costs in excess of $500. they did not charge me for the battery. Then there's my 30 years old plus Seiko - a champion, been with me through so much. Now in nursing school a second hand is needed for checking vitals, but not a factor in purchasing.

6: Not into the rubber or synthetic strap craze. Although I can always change the banding.

7: Case dial and color has to be appealing to MY eyes only. Not really into these chrono's - scuba - submariners. At my age, I'm not breaking any air - land speed records, diving in the forest or the desert or joining the Navy. I would like to skydive again, Doc's say stay on terra firma.

8: Price, this is the currently the biggest determining factor and plays a major role in purchasing and repair (see Rado above) as my economy conditions are awful and getting worse.


Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
The watch has to be appealing to me, I will wear it, I will look at it. I wears jeans, sweats, shorts and scrubs almost daily, could care less how it will look when wearing a suit.
 

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I'd be lying at this point if I said I had specific criteria that had to be absolutely met. My taste has changed and I have become far more open minded to different things. James is right, it's ever changing and evolving.......
It would almost be easier for me to list the things I'm not crazy about.

Don't like:
too small (I realize this is relative)
Like big, but can't wear too big
No rubber
No ana-dig (but own a dig, go figure)
No ovals or octagons
I am not stuck on make, model or country
Prefer auto.....

At this point I 'll look at anything and decide at that point.:eek:


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I do admit that i do have preferances... but if i think that i will enjoy wearing the watch, and its well made, i buy it :) Thats all that matters right?
 

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That is a really difficult question as there are so many factors that weigh in.

1) Do I like it? Does it sing to me? This is very important.....

2) Will I wear it?
3) Do I already have something similar?
4) Can I afford it?
5) Is it a quality item or just a cheap price?

These are just some of the factors. There are many more.....
 

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LOL! At my age................ first criteria is if ......... I can read it!! Seriously, if I like a piece at this point, but dial is too busy, I will pass. Color combo, auto, case size etc. all play a part in my buying decisions.
 

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dane1991 wrote:
I do admit that i do have preferances... but if i think that i will enjoy wearing the watch, and its well made, i buy it :) Thats all that matters right?

But, what are your preferences?:t


[ . . . and not just you, Dane . . . but for everyone.]




I guess the point of what I'm asking is . . .


We all have our likes and dislike . . . We all "buy what we like."

So . . . what helps you define that????

What helps you either "like" or "dislike" a timepiece?

We're all quick to say we like something (or not), but why . . . help us understand . . .

Let's take this out of the realm of "concept" and spell it out and make it something we can see (with words) . . .
 

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I prefer autos that sing to me. I own watches from all countries, but I'm partial to Swiss and German made timepieces. On a side note I also own Chinese watches so it really comes down to the design singing to me. I'm also partial to watches that will hopefully retain there value. I'm not into the huge watches and I love watches as small as 38mm.
 

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I look for quality, uniqueness, case size, durability (WR), movement, value and serviceability. If it has these, I'm in!
 

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Let's take this out of the realm of "concept" and spell it out and make it something we can see (with words) . . .
Rick.
I am not sure I can explain with words why the black and white rings on the watch below hypnotize me when I look at it. Why I want this watch so bad it hurts and every time Sheraortho posts that he is wearing it in the daily "Wearing Today" threads.
I have been searching for this watch for a while. I have spoken to the owner of the company personally about the watch and even she knows how much I want one. I have called every single retailer on the net only to find out they are lying and don't really have the watch and just want to bait/switch you into another that they do. Each time I am not only disappointed a little more, but want the watch more sometime in my life.
I have no idea what all the bezel rings of numbers do and I am 100% sure i will never ever use them if I do someday get the watch, but I LOVE the way they look on the watch.
I look at hundreds, if not thousands of watches online a week. Design after design, different colors, cases and styles, yet I find myself comparing these watches to the one below that I really like. The contrast of the 3 inner dials against the black makes me want to look at the dial for hours.

Silly, but just about the best I can do to answer your question....

 

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It is simple I like a Bold big watch, being a big ole Sombitch wearing anything below 48mm doesnt look right. I was at the Gym today and I was lookin at this cat that was about 5'10" tall and about 220 lbs, he was wearing a Omega Seamaster, and I thought that watch looks about right for him. But at 6'4" tall and 300 LBS, the think would look little on me. So the main criteria is a Bigger watch. Hell I am somewhat jealous of the puny wrist fella's that can wear all kinds of watches.... Not really!!!
 

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CurrentTime wrote:
So, how do YOU know that a watch is appealing? I know this has been covered "ad nausea", but for me it seems to constantly change.

I read and hear so many (instantaneous) reactions to the timepieces viewed, that I wonder . . . how do they know???????:pk

With all the timepieces that we see on a daily basis (either in-person or in cyberspace), how do you know, that you like it? What runs through your mind as you see a specific watch? How do you know that you like it? Are you even aware what your criteria are?:t :lol


Is it the brand name? Not really...most of the big brands are too expensive for me!!!But I am to the point where I am looking to add new watches from Stuhrling Original. I have enough divers style watches...ie Invicta....and I will look at Croton's for sure...as they have a wide variety of styles. I have a Renato..the only one I have liked....and I like Swiss Legend..especially looking for their new watch that looks like it's a AP Royal Oak homage.

Country of origin? I prefer swiss made....but it's not that important to me....

Is it the case size? Yes....case size is important..prefer over 46mm..

Case shape? I have a lot of different case shapes...

Movement? If I am paying more than a $100...I do not want an ETA G10 in my watch!!! I especially won't pay $300 - 500 for a watch with a G10 in it...I feel like I am being ripped off...it's why I won't buy any of the new Invicta Reserves or a Renato that has a G10 in it. In my book...they could put another movement in the watch and put out a better quality watch.

Strap/Bracelet? Either

Case/dial color? I like Rosegold cases with black dials and rose accents..it's my favorite. Other favorites are Blue Dial, Gold case....Black Dial, gold case.....SS case blue dial.

Price? I am a bargin hunter....


WHAT? :wf



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It is simple I like a Bold big watch, being a big ole Sombitch wearing anything below 48mm doesnt look right. I was at the Gym today and I was lookin at this cat that was about 5'10" tall and about 220 lbs, he was wearing a Omega Seamaster, and I thought that watch looks about right for him. But at 6'4" tall and 300 LBS, the think would look little on me. So the main criteria is a Bigger watch. Hell I am somewhat jealous of the puny wrist fella's that can wear all kinds of watches.... Not really!!!
Ron..one of these days I am gonna have to amke it up to Washington State...I'd love to see the looks we'd get walking into an All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Place.....LOL....You...6'4" 300lbs...me...Okay..I've shrunk...I am not 6'6" anymore...I am about 6' 4 3/4" now and 350lbs. They'd run us out of the place!!!!
 

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You leave now, you been here long time. All you can eat one meal not all day!!!

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RipitRon wrote:
It is simple I like a Bold big watch, being a big ole Sombitch wearing anything below 48mm doesnt look right. I was at the Gym today and I was lookin at this cat that was about 5'10" tall and about 220 lbs, he was wearing a Omega Seamaster, and I thought that watch looks about right for him. But at 6'4" tall and 300 LBS, the think would look little on me. So the main criteria is a Bigger watch. Hell I am somewhat jealous of the puny wrist fella's that can wear all kinds of watches.... Not really!!!
Ron..one of these days I am gonna have to amke it up to Washington State...I'd love to see the looks we'd get walking into an All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Place.....LOL....You...6'4" 300lbs...me...Okay..I've shrunk...I am not 6'6" anymore...I am about 6' 4 3/4" now and 350lbs. They'd run us out of the place!!!!
 

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RipitRon wrote:
You leave now, you been here long time. All you can eat one meal not all day!!!

Bichondaddy wrote:
RipitRon wrote:
It is simple I like a Bold big watch, being a big ole Sombitch wearing anything below 48mm doesnt look right. I was at the Gym today and I was lookin at this cat that was about 5'10" tall and about 220 lbs, he was wearing a Omega Seamaster, and I thought that watch looks about right for him. But at 6'4" tall and 300 LBS, the think would look little on me. So the main criteria is a Bigger watch. Hell I am somewhat jealous of the puny wrist fella's that can wear all kinds of watches.... Not really!!!
Ron..one of these days I am gonna have to amke it up to Washington State...I'd love to see the looks we'd get walking into an All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Place.....LOL....You...6'4" 300lbs...me...Okay..I've shrunk...I am not 6'6" anymore...I am about 6' 4 3/4" now and 350lbs. They'd run us out of the place!!!!
You go home now...eat vegatable!!!!!



I asked the waitress at the Japanese Buffet my wife and I go to this question....they make killer grilled lamb chops...and I can eat "mass quantities" of them!!!



"Do the lambs just march to you back door waving white flags???":wf:wf:wf:wf
 

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FIRST it has to grab me some say sing SECOND size 44mm to 48mm but I have both smaller and larger THIRD I have to be able to read it clean thou I do have a few busy dials FOURTH movement is important to me. but I have swiss and japanese Color is part of sings. I have a few high end pieces but most are under $1000.00 I have mostly round about half auto and chrono with some mechanicals. I like bracelets but also have straps both leather and rubber.
 

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I really wish I had some kind of science for this that works for me.

Everytime I try to list buying criteria I go out the next weekend and find something I like that is 180 degrees counter to it.

So there will be no list.

But I will say that price is only a factor in that I must receive an appropriate bang for my buck.

This could be $50 on up. When I buy something I only expect to get what I pay for.

That's why I'm just as satisfied with an inexpensive Croton as I am with my Hamiltons.
 

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I, for one, simply canNOT say it ANY better than THIS! ...
... so, I won't EVEN try! ...​

Spaceview wrote:
That is a really difficult question as there are so many factors that weigh in.

1) Do I like it? Does it sing to me? This is very important.....

2) Will I wear it?
3) Do I already have something similar?
4) Can I afford it?
5) Is it a quality item or just a cheap price?

These are just some of the factors.  There are many more.....
 
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