Well, as the OP, I started this thread to see beautiful, handcrafted watches, auto or manual. Many collect, and I thought it would be interesting. Watches are jewelry, as you correctly pointed out. In fact, until I got my Panerai, I didn't really get it, either...but now I love it. Sure, I get compliments on it, all the time, but I bought it for me....i value aesthetic beauty and craftsmanship. I understand the bashing, there are certainly other things for one to spend money on, but this is why we are free to spend money as we wish, and in fact your argument could be applied to almost anything luxurious. So enjoy your timex, but please, let us discuss our sub-culture in peace.