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  1. 8F93W5

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    What is a luxury watch? What does is do for you that's so luxurious? It's a small machine that measures time. ALL working watches do that. I don't get the "luxury" part. I guess it could be argued that any watch is a luxury. A paper cup half full of water is a luxury. Toilet paper is a luxury. But seriously, what are you talking about?
    I don't see anything luxurious about any of the watches pictured here. Also, judging from TV ads, a watch isn't very good unless you call it a "time piece". Anyone that buys a time piece or luxury watch instead of a regular f'ing watch is a fool.
     
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    Simpletons like you would never get it.
    Never have. Never will.

    Now, go watch some dogfights and leave the refined things in life to others.
     
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    I don't have a luxury watch, or a time piece, but I'm never late for anything. I bet half of you with your special special watches can't say that.
     
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    It's not about that, you simpleton.

    I'm not gonna sit here and explain the art of watchmaking to you. I have neither the qualification nor the inclination.

    Move along please.
     
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    If you don't appreciate watches then don't need to enter into the discussion. Go to something you do care about on the forum.
     
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    To be charitable: everyone has something that they are willing to pay extra for to fulfill something that others are unwilling to spend extra for. Of course those who have a bit of life experience already know that. Perhaps you know that already too... but if so why did you make your overly simplistic post?
     
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    Not quite luxury. Tag Heuer Kimi Raikkonen F1, Doxa Aquaman with Black PVD, Ritmo Mundo Indy Car carbon fiber face and a 30+ year old Seiko "Pepsi" divers watch.

    On my wish list: B.R.M., Anonimo/Dino Zei, Chopard, Graham, Panerai, Hanhart, Alpina and Zenith. If money was no object, Urwerk or Richard Mille.

    One can dream, right?
     
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    So does Al Qaeda.

    Just kidding, I too have got a Casio among other brands (like Seiko and Citizen haha!
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    Too gay (looks like a bracelet)
     
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    No sure how Italo Fontana is rated by watch experts/philes but as far as I'm concerned it's GOAT. I totally dig the exaggerated "big knob" style of theirs. If you decide to put on a manual/mechanical watch, then you might as well have a big knob since you're bound to be doing lots of rewinding and adjusting.
     
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    But what is "Luxurious" about your watch? Time is the same when you wear it. Quitting time at work is the same. You can't go home 15 minutes early when you have a luxury watch. What is different about your life when you're wearing it compared to when you're not? You won't live a month longer with a special watch. I've never had a luxury watch, unless you define any watch to be a luxury and maybe they are. I mean there's poor starving children in Ethiopia who don't have any broccoli or watches. With my POS regular watch I've never been late for work in the last 34 years. I'm never late for tennis matches, league or just fun. Never late for any appointments, ever. And all that is with a non luxury watch. My watch works just fine. Are you ever late while wearing your special watch?
    A watch for scuba divers is cool, if you're a diver. It can be considered a luxury just to be able to afford diving. Plus a diving watch? A true luxury. I really don't know what kind of person would come to a tennis forum and try to impress people with the watch she/he wears. Is it a luxury to impress people? Is that the answer? My watch is a luxury watch because some people will realize I paid a lot? What is/are the benefit(s) in your life with your special special watch vs the average Joe/Jane's watch?
    Serious. I want to know.
     
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    The reason is because people like to buy things with character. I have a particular watch because it has character. I appreciate the character of watches. If others want to notice something of outward character about me, I'd like for them to see my watch.

    Character in general costs money. If you want to hire people of good character, you are going to pay more for it. If you want to purchase items with character, you are going to pay more for those things.

    That is why people buy things that they deem "special" or "full of character".

    Does that answer your question?
     
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    not really luxury but brand wise it is. haha.

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    this wasn't purchased in the US. it was given to me as a gift. sort of. im starting to think it's not a real omega. the 12 and 6 position is crooked. if it was real, must been really cheap. does anyone know anything about this watch? i couldn't find anything on this one. (it wasn't purchased cracked like that, lol)
     
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    Fake as hell.

    Remember the art and craft of mechanical watchmaking has been fascinating people for hundreds(maybe thousands) of years. It was rocket science before there were rockets.
    For example look at this watch:
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    Its movement consists of 686 parts, some of which are microscopically small. This rare and exceptional timepiece features mechanical movement that must be manually wound, a minute repeater with tourbillon escapement, chime with two “cathedral“ gongs activated by a slide piece in the case, perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, hours and minutes of mean solar time, day, month, leap year by hands and moon age.

    Just that some mechanical device can do that is amazing. And the fact that you can wear that on your wrist....
     
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    omega doesn't make self-winding watches do they? im interested in one. a seiko maybe if i see one on sale.
     
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    Yeah i'm not much of an expert, I know it keeps good time and i'm very pleased with it so far. You're from the Netherlands, if I recall? When I was doing research I came across TW Steel, who are based there. They have some similar looking designs and have quite strong ties with F1. I doubt the mechanics are as good but they are pretty good looking, and not all that expensive either. Don't know if you've come across them over there?
     
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    Not really, but thanks for trying. I'd never judge someone by the watch they wear unless they want me to or I feel they want me to, and then I'd think they're a phoney.
    Also, I don't agree that you can buy people with character that easily. Some people are very tricky. They might put on a nice watch or something and give a false impression. I wouldn't be surprised if Scott Peterson wore a "luxury watch".
     
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    I didn't think you'd see it as an answer. The tone of your post really didn't make it seem like you were looking for one.

    And if you don't agree that people with good character cost most than people bad character, then you don't know how the world works. Also, your statement about "some might put on a nice watch and give a false impression" completely misses my point. So let me put it very simply.

    Good people cost more than bad people. Good cars cost more than bad cars. Good food costs more than bad food. There are very few good things in this world that cost the same as bad versions of those things.

    You already know this, anyways. I'm not even sure why you are asking this question.
     
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    No I haven't in person. But I'll go around and check it out. Wow thanks for the heads-up. Their design is almost like as if I have designed them myself: big oversize knobs galore, yay!
     
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    Wilson BLX K-Six One 95 - 16x18

    how bout your racquet?
     
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    It's like asking an art collector " why would you want a Picasso when you can buy a poster of the painting?"
    Your objections are laughably childish.
    Just accept the fact that you were not made for the finer things in life.
    Nothing wrong with that.

    luxury watches don't have batteries BP...
     
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    I would show my watch worth multiple thousands of dollars, however, I like to keep that kind of money in a sensible place like, in the bank, and not on my wrist.

    -SF
     
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    Well, as for finer things, I'm from a fine family and don't need a watch to make me feel fine. Sorry IF you have/had crappy parent(s) wife/kids/friends.
    Your last statement doesn't seem very intelligent unless you're joking or something. I think it can be a luxury to not have to wind a watch. If batteries make that possible, then you have a luxury watch as I define it. You nor I wrote the luxury watch dictionary, but I say the battery part of my watch is a luxury. Now that you/BP pointed it out, I do have a luxury watch after all.
     
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    You dumb, dumb muppet. A luxury watch is mechanical you useless moron.
    It is either wound manually or automatically.
    It does not have batteries you laughable fool.

    Btw, I never said you need a fine watch to feel fine.
    Learn how to read you imbecile.
     
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    Calm down people ... so some people like to have nice and expensive watches ... others don't, well, who cares, sorry I just do not understand the need of some people to come and make fun and bash to the Luxury Watches lovers...me, if I would have the money I would buy a Rolex Submariner, just because my father used to have one and it is in fact a fine and beatiful watch.
     
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    So a mechanical typewriter is more "luxurious" than an ultra-fast electronic computer running Microsoft Word? And a rotary dial landline telephone is more "luxurious" than an iPhone? And a mechanical watch that is not as accurate in keeping the correct time over long periods is more "luxurious" than a battery-operated quartz watch that does? I thought the whole purpose of using a watch was to have ready access to the correct time? Or else, why bother? I don't need a status symbol to prove anything to anyone. I already know who I am and that's all that matters to me. :)
     
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    I am not a fan of IWC, and I especially do not like Blancpain (even though their watches are quite beautiful). I do not appreciate when a corporation will just buy a name, to project phoniness. I have seen their marketing and it is quite good. Except they went bankrupt and are not "from 1735" or whatever year they claim.

    Oh yeah, I'm not a huge fan of multiple movements on one watch. Unless it blends nicely. E.g. my PP 5119J. That said, I prefer if there is a secondhand movement on the watch, typically with the main movement (though that's not the case with the 5119J). I think that if you spend more than 1'000CHF on a watch, they should put in the time for the secondhand movement (of course =< 1'000 CHF is difficult for manual, but easy for automatic).


    I've actually started liking German watch companies. Nomos Glashütte is quite nice, as is Stowa (though most of their watches are automatic).
     
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    you are either a child or incredibly dull if you're sincerely grappling with questions like 'why do people like nice stuff?'
     
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    Watches are the only acceptable form of jewelry a man can wear.

    I agree about the "luxury" aspect of things, for the most part.
     
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    I suppose you also consider ketchup vegetable :rolleyes: tsk tsk... typical.

    I mean, who the hell said that there needs to be a uniform luxury rule for all items? Just accept the fact that a luxury watch is similar only to CERTAIN items like sail-boats and vintage (and modern non-assembly) luxury cars. This is because only CERTAIN items like yachts and cars and watches retain a REASONABLE amount of their functionality while other items don't and become completely useless and obsolete due to modernization. A big bulky phone with circular dials and socket chords is too far removed in it's usefulness in comparison to a freaking MOBILE phone
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    Family heirlooms could be considered one reason.

    But why make the distinction of the "average Joe/Jane's watch"? It seems you are judging both, however the "average Joe/Jane watch" is acceptable, whereas the "luxury watch" is not. Where's the line to define the two? $5 USD? $20 USD? $X? Free? Or is it based on attitude? Or what one does with their money? Or what one could have done with the X amount they spent on a watch?


    I have a Miele washer & dryer. I paid around $5000 for it. I chose it for specific reasons, which are acceptable for me. Could a cheaper washer & dryer do the job just as well? From my experience, no. Would most people call a Miele washer & dryer a "luxury purchase"? I guess. Would they all want to use it, if they could? From my experience, yes. Does it matter that before I purchased the Miele washer & dryer my laundry expenses were around $1450 annually? That was a major factor in my decision.

    Same thing goes with a good vacuum versus a decent one versus a bad one. I have a Dyson vacuum that costs ~$500. The original price is high. The benefits over the long run are worth it. Even more people than the previous example would find the value in a Dyson vacuum.

    What about expensive food versus non-expensive food? Should I just eat mass produced, chemically filled crap, just because it is the cheapest option available? (I'm not talking about organic products, which is largely a scam) I want to live longer, so I eat food that -- in general -- costs more money to buy. That's a conscious decision. If I live longer, would I benefit others? Maybe, maybe not. It will most likely be beneficial for me though.

    Choices, choices.


    I think it is a matter of relevance, sometimes. Which is why I listed the above examples.

    Do you want to discuss the social contract theory?
     
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    IWC never claimed they're from 1735:confused:
    Maybe you're confusing them with some other brand?
     
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    Blancpain does. Not IWC. I can go scan a page from on of the books they send me annually, but no need, just go to blancpain.ch
     
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    That's so funny! The typewriter analogy.
    Yes, the purpose of a watch is to measure time. Unless you're a car salesman or something like that and you feel you need something showy, so that you will think, that they will think a car is better if they buy it from you. Only you're wrong.
     
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    i just bought a Casio chrome watch, cos its retro and im poor LOL.
     
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    I wasnt even aware Blancpain was considered a serious watch company...who cares?
     
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    But your argument can just be applied to anything.

    Why buy an expensive car when a cheaper one will still get you from A to B?

    Why buy a big house when a small one will still give you a roof over your head?

    Why do women wear expensive jewellery?
     
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    So a $120,000 Tesla Roadster is not a luxury car because it runs on a battery but a $10,000 Kia is a luxury car just because it runs on an old-fashioned mechanical internal combustion engine? OK, I see. :???:

    And, no, ketchup is not a vegetable. It's a condiment.
     
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    Ma'am, don't be silly. Maybe the cheap car will get you from A to B, but it might not get you back to A (home). An expensive car may have an advantage over other cars. It might have AC while the other does not. It might have 4 wheel anti lock power disc brakes while the other may have manual drum brakes. It may be faster. It might have 4 wheel drive. It may get better mileage. Some cars don't have radios.
    A big house can hold more people. A four bedroom house can have two parents and 3 kids living in it while the same family in a one bedroom house probably won't be as comfortable.
    No one here has given examples like I just wrote above telling why a luxury watch is luxurious. All I know so far (according to one poster) is that they are more work. You have to wind them. That's not a luxury.
     
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    I just now checked a very well known Internet auction. I can't list it by name. It's not allowed here, but it starts with "e". There's several thousand luxury watches listed. I see one sold for 1 cent. Many are not selling at .99
     
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    A car being faster? All cars can go as fast as people need every day. I think a lot of people buy expensive cars for the same reason as expensive watches, which is for the image and status.

    A watch is really the only form of jewellery men have, so I think that contributes to it as well.
     
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    Ma,am,
    Some cars have AC, some don't. Some have good power for getting on the highway, or passing an idiot looking at his luxury watch that he forgot to wind. Some are safer that others.
     
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    Some cars have better performance than others (and not always dependent on price) but an expensive luxury watch is not going to tell you what time it is any better than a cheap plastic watch.
     
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    but the second variance on a cheap plastic watch is going to be more than an expensive one
     
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    Because they hate their husbands or boyfriends.


    Why do married men die sooner than their wives:

    Because they want to....
     
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    Maybe that's the definition of "luxury watch". If you wear it as jewelry, then it's a luxury watch no matter what it looks like, is made of, costs, or how it works.
    I wear a watch only because of the fact I constantly need or want to know what time it is. I don't consider my watch to be jewelry. Your watch is jewelry, mine isn't. Yours is a luxury watch, mine isn't. I'm always on time, most of you are not.
    I think this thread would get more respect, or no disrespect if the OP had just called it "show us your watch" and left the luxury part out.
     

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