I should first say that my fourth Sumo, yes fourth, has finally made me find religion. There is no way I'm selling this Sumo. It is a beautiful and manly watch and its price point is very good for a watch of this quality. I should add that the Sumo, the Kinetic Diver, and my Orient Saturation Diver point to my ultimate watch aesthetic. Throw my Seiko Tuna in the mix, and I feel that I have a very complete collection.
A very important note: This fourth Sumo, unlike the others, felt gritty during the winding of the crown. When I mentioned this to Gary, he sent me a link that suggested I try waxed dental floss and I used my unwaxed floss (no waxed in the house) and it seems to have gotten rid of most of the gritty feeling.
I find that comparing the Sumo and the Kinetic Diver makes me appreciate both all the more. They have similar cues but the Sumo is more traditional and elegant while the Kinetic Diver has more boldness, girth, and unique styling. Not surprisingly, the 44mm Sumo sits on the wrist in a way that gives me more comfort than the 48mm Kinetic Diver.
Both have amazing lume, the best in the business. I feel fortunate to have both and their appeal makes me want less, not more, watches.
This is all textbook consumer behavior. Read any book on sociology or the psychology of consumers, and will recognize all the behaviors: buyer's remorse, the never satistified questor, the short-lived satisfaction after the object of affection is acquired, etc, the unquenchable thirst for more or better... Happy Thanksgiving! Learn to want what you have.
Hindsight is a wonderful and terrible thing. The journey is a learning process and it is made all the more difficult by the fact that tastes can change, making the target a moving one. You might regret spending all that money before realising what watch you really wanted, but it's an unavoidable process. Besides, money can be earned back. What I really regret sometimes taking for granted, is time itself.
As you climb the watch quality ladder, seeking finer and finer timepieces, you will reach a point, unless you have unlimited wealth, in which you realize you own nothing of value. In fact, you will see that your entire collection is a compromise based on budgetary contstraints.
I am one such collector. I own nothing I truly want. I've squandered close to 20K on watches over the last 8 years. Give me that money now and I'd have two timepieces, the 46mm Seiko Marine Master SBDB001, which is about $3,600 or so, and the 50mm Seiko Marine Master SBDB009, which is about $3,000. Include a beater, like a used $700 Seiko Tuna, and I'll take back that 20 grand I squandered, buy what I really want, and have a good 13K left over.
The watch gods look down at me mired my torment and enjoy a good belly laugh.
The short answer is yes. If you look like a tomato with four toothpicks sticking out of it, a Breitling Super Avenger or a Seiko Tuna is not going to wear well. I'm sad to say but a certain amount of body fascism is part of the manly watch aesthetic.
A Croatian website, Portalsatova, features a great wrist shot of the massive Seiko SUN023. I notice more black around the case than there is on the all stainless Seiko SUN019. Could the SUN023 be an affordable alternative to the Seiko SBDB009? Could someone viably have two kinetic watches in their collection to keep charged?
Yes, I did. To get my Grail, a Seiko SBDB009 Prospex Marine Master with 50mm case (approx.), I'd have to sell my Tuna, OSD, Benarus, and a few others just to defray 2K in costs from a watch that goes for about $ 2,900 or so. Will I actually do this? Talk to me in a year.