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Amazon is selling what appears to be the new Citizen Eco-Drive Eneavor with 46mm bezel. There's also a race car-inspired Eco-Drive Primo model.
Posted at 10:29 PM in Manly Watches | Permalink
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I've been fascinated by watches since before I could tell time. I remember as a kid, seeing my Grandfather wearing his watch and wanting one----and when I was around 7 or 8, my parents got me a Bradley watch (I think it was the "Time Teacher" or something like that---and I still have it somewhere in the house, though it no longer works.). As a teen, I asked for and received an Endura Sports Timer watch that I also still have----it's an inexpensive chrono that sometimes runs, mostly doesn't.
In college, I got a few digital watches, long since gone and an "Innovative Time" quartz dress watch that I still have, that still works. I began collecting watches in my early 20s. Years ago, I sold off some of the more desirable ones on E-Bay to fund my radio collecting addiction. I had largely stopped wearing watches because I was carrying a cell phone or Blackberry with the time always available. What really got me back into watch collecting were the XXL watches shown on Herculodge. I came here for radios and found watches too----got very interested in the oversized watch cases and bought a few. Now, here's the irony: Even though it was the XXLs that got me back into the hobby----they have now moved into the background, or at least off center stage. I still love my largest diameter watch, a Tauchmeister----but I like it as much for its styling and submariner theme as I do for it's big size. My last few purchases have been for intermediate sized watches. And I even went for a small diameter watch recently----a dress Belair. I got one for myself in stainless/gold----and I also bought one in gunmetal for my friend, who starts a new job next week. He is a successful guy who 12 years ago, left his job to start up and grow a local office for a large engineering firm----very successfully. Now, another firm hired him away so he could do the same thing for them. I knew he'd like a new "meeting" watch, and the Belair fits the bill. Small, thin, elegant, stylish. He loves it. I think perhaps the crest of the wave of huge timepieces has passed us by. I didn't go "all in" and the ones I have----I don't intend to sell. I still wear them and like the look.
But for those of you who collected dozens of them----the immediate sell-off is probably a very good idea if you don't see yourself wearing them enough to justify keeping them. I see this bubble about to burst----right now, there's still a fairly strong market for these pieces. There are still buyers. But I do believe as the inventories of new ones are depleted, even companies like Invicta are going to retool to go smaller----and as such, will promote the trimmed down diameters as what is "in" now. At that point, the flock of younger enthusiasts will not be willing to pay as much for the larger ones. If you wait too long----the resale value in your very large watches might dry up quickly.
Posted at 06:34 AM in Manly Watches | Permalink