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Issue 46; What is in a Watch?

I have what is affectionately named a poor men's watch collection, consisting of your watches in the few hundred price range, there are no vintage makes and only a couple of higher ends but in your Raymond Weil spectrum, no Pateks here.

But when you think of it, what is in a watch? The ability to tell the time and the aesthetic you want.  Whether it is large and shiny or flat and hidden, it does those two things.  I have a thing for automatic mechanical watches, with only a few requiring a battery from earlier purchases.  Two dive watches ready for any occasion a vintage styled watch and of course a delightful dress watch being the four main go to for day to day needs.

If I had the money would I want a IWC? Maybe one, a Rolex? Not my cup of tea, a Cartier? I wouldn’t say no.  But these are out of my reach, but when someone glances at my wrist they see a nice looking object that tells the time and possibly the date, that has worked for years without a problem.  An item that is looked after and admired by many, even though when asked I say you can pick one up for under two hundred in a sale if you want one?

Something I am happy to say as they have brought me pleasure by noticing my wrist something only watch people like, along with the joy of wearing a good watch, one which I am not worried about knocking it, a thing I am well known for.

And what is in a watch really, a quartz movement, automatic movement, dive, chronograph, the list goes on and on with new models coming out every year with new serial numbers that many fight over and pay huge amounts for in the aftersales market.  Just look at the vintage watch market of late, no more can you pick up anything on the cheap even when at a amateur antiques fair. It is just a google search away, even a Patek that doesn’t work would still be in the thousand pound or more area because you could get it fixed, probably for another high monetary value. If buying new high value timepieces are your thing, then great enjoy it, if you love the vintage hunt and resale, then I am truly happy for you, but do not look at me in a way that says "you could have bought a Bremont" which looks the same, feels the same and tells the same time and date as the Invicta on my wrist.