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.
Enjoy local AM and FM stations, and listen to Shortwave broadcasts from around the world, with this RadioShack AM/FM/Shortwave Pocket Radio. It features a digital tuner for precise tuning and easy frequency identification, 57 station presets and Tuner Lock, which prevents you from accidentally changing stations while it's in your pocket. The backlit LCD display is easy to read and the built-in clock will help you keep track of time wherever you go.
Receives AM/FM signals and shortwave frequencies from around the world
Sleek, lightweight design
Digital tuner with 57 station presets (19 AM, 19 FM, 19 SW)
Integrated speaker and 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo headphone jack
15" telescopic antenna
Convenient wrist strap
Backlit LCD display
Button Lock prevents you from accidentally changing the station
Requires 2 "AAA" batteries (sold separately)
Frequency: AM 520-1710kHz, FM 88-108MHz, SW 2.5-24MHz
One watch that I don't mention enough is the Seiko Black Monster SRP307 on the Super Engineer II bracelet. Only 43mm, it plays big enough on my wrist and looks very classy and bold. Apart from its cheap bracelet which I urge anyone to replace, the watch's build quality is stunning and holds its own againt the Tuna, which costs over 4 times as much. I wear the SRP307 around the house all the time but rarely out of the house because it's getting competition from my more expensive "show stoppers."
I got to thinking, the SRP307 should be in my rotation along with my Orient Saturation Diver, my Seiko Sumo, my Seiko Kinetic Diver, my Deep Blue Depthmaster, and my Seiko Tuna.
There's that part of me that craves a simpler life with less clutter in my brain. Even only I know that compulsion to trim the fat wouldn't be followed by the compulsion to "replace what was lost and find that sense of completeness again."
I bought this Chotovelli on Amazon for what I thought was the low price of $150. I had been coveting this watch for close to four years or so when I saw it for about $350. I love the big military design.
What a disappointment when I took this out of the box. The leather strap was over-layered with lacquer as if to conceal the cheapness of the leather. The build quality of the watch itself, a very light watch, screamed $20 watch from the kiosk at the mall.
Am I being too hard on this Chotovelli? Is it the worst watch I’ve ever bought? I’d say yes to the latter question.