danpass wrote:I wonder if I should get an Omega Seamaster (always wanted one) and write it off as a business expense.
"Employee performance gift'?
If I were you, I would look on eBay (sorry if you're too rich for eBay) for a used white-dialed Omega SMP 300M Bond. They're my favorite Seamaster watches, after it comes the new Liquidmetal Planet Ocean. But that's just me, I have a soft spot of white/beige-dialed watches.
FastSRT8 wrote:For something 'affordable', look at Panerai... then if you want to spend big $ look at Patek
Pams are too big for me. Biggest watch I can pull of is a Breitling Chronomat Evolution 43.7mm diameter/ 14.7mm thickness.
Grupet wrote:Why is Rolex not a real watch and what is a real watch then?
Here's my philosophy: when you like something, as in you enjoy it as a hobby, whether it be an item you collect or a skill you practice, of course you would try to get it to the point that is unmatched by others, to a degree that it’s awe-inspiring. There are lots of people who make decent money, and some of them will say "I want to buy a nice watch." 9 out of 10 will buy a Rolex Sub/DSSD/GMT. Then the few people who make more than decent money will say "I want to buy a nicer watch." 9 out of 10 will buy a Rolex Daytona. Sure they have expensive/nice watches, but they are just status symbols.
When I say I like watches, I mean I like watches because I can appreciate the finer things... I can appreciate the Valjoux movements when I open up a Chronomat Evolution; I can appreciate the toughness when I dive with an Ploprof; I can appreciate the Anti-Reflective coating on a Planet Ocean; I can appreciate the seemingly dirty, grimy, smoked $500 leather strap for a Panerai; I can appreciate the hornback on an Royal Oak Offshore Safari; I can appreciate the straining on my eyes of having to look 5 seconds at a Big Bang to tell what time it is.
Why do people not buy those watches? Sure some are more costly, but mainly people want to be recognized when they spend $4000+ on a little clump of steel. You'll get more "hey, nice Rolex!" than "hey, nice Ploprof!" And this, for me, has ruined Rolex. When you buy a Rolex, you are buying a status symbol and people’s attention, not a watch.