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February 28, 2014

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jonnybardo

"This confirms that for price to wow factor ratio, I'll stick to Seiko, Citizen, Orient, Deep Blue, and a few microbrands."

I agree if "wow factor" is the only, or primary, reason to buy a watch. There are other reasons, both in terms of aesthetics but also in a broader sense. Wow factor has nothing to do with the movement, the history, the subtle details and qualities of a watch. Wow factor isn't the only aesthetic response to a watch. If wow factor is the biggest consideration, then Invicta should be asked back to the table.

herculodge

A gut response is important. A watch should be high quality and high function, of course. Beyond that, it has to tickle the spine.

jonnybardo

I hear you. I guess I misunderstood what you meant by "wow factor," which sounded a bit like blingishness. Your term "gut response" makes more sense to me, and I completely agree - that's what drives me to lust after a watch.

Angelo

Thought I'd mention----I was at a business meeting on Thursday. Eight people----two men, six women. Ages ranged from mid 20s to mid 30s to mid 40s, probably up to early 60s. At least seven of us had watches on. One woman had longer sleeves and I couldn't tell if she had a watch on under the sleeve. I'll ask her next time I see her----but let's just say 7 of 8 had watches on. I think that's proof that wearing a watch is still very much in vogue. True, most of us at that meeting were older (one of them women was mid 20s----the rest of us older). She's from New York, works in the city---and had a pretty fashionable larger watch, almost a men's size. I think regardless of whether smart phones are the "go to" device to see what time it is----a watch is still the finishing touch to look good, even in the stylings of the younger people among us. This woman (and her supervisor---a woman in her 30s) are both very "NYC Style" (chic, very together)and both of them had watches that weren't just to tell time----but to make a statement. Hey, maybe AM radio is in decline---we've read that here----but watches seem alive and well. (and I'm pushing for a meat cleavers renaissance too!)

jonnybardo

Its hard for me to say, Angelo, as I live in a rural area, but I think you're right - the watch industry is booming. They really are the only way that a man can accessorize; well, not the only way but one of the few that is centered on men. Any other accessory is much more geared towards women (not including, say, cuff links).

By way of example, if you look up the Wristwatches category on Ebay, you get the following results:

1,014,629 total
377,519 men
270,755 women
22,598 boys
48,955 girls
269,529 unspecified

I'd guess that the vast majority of the "unspecified" are men, because that's the default assumption for watches. But just looking at the men/women split, its 58 to 42%. I think once you include the unspecified it would be more like 60-65% men. Any other major accessory - except for ties - that I can think of, is far more weighted towards women (bags, shoes, jewelry, etc).

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