Originally Posted by bhd812
I don't think you understand Rolex. Comparing the Omega and Rolex, Rolex is what Omega pretends to be. Omega makes nice watches but so does any other brand really, what stands out between brands is their true value over time. Rolex you can easily get what you paid for later on, Omega you will lose a good deal. Their are three different watches in the world. Real Watches are from a long true historic brand that their lowest priced piece starts in about $22k of what you actually will pay after discounts. Good example are A&S or Patek. the second type of Watch is the Decent stuff where you have to have a truly historic brand with an entry at about $6k for their lowest piece after discounts. Rolex is one of the more famed brands in this Segment. The third type of Watch is just regular Watches, This can be any brand not in the previous two areas. Tag, Mavado, Zenith, Omega, Breitling, Seiko, Casio, are all in this category. They all will lose a good deal on what you paid because in time (pun intended) these pieces are worthless and when buying a watch it is the value in time is what separates one from another. The planet ocean won't be worth anything remotely close to what you paid in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years..but that Rolex will be. of course their are a few tiny exceptions to this, The Omega Speedmaster classic is a true classic piece, Breitling Navitimer is another.
Buy the Rolex if you want a decent watch for the price, if not just buy a Casio G-shock or a cheap Tissot or Sieko. Don't buy a watch who pretends to be something it is not and never will be.
I'm sorry, but I have to politely disagree with most of what you've written here... (How can you put Zenith in the same category as Casio?)
I would usually let a post like this go but your last statement got me because it fundamentally goes against the very point you are trying to make. Please don't take this as an attack, it's not meant as such, just my observation as someone who has been a life long collector of brands from Alpina to Zei, has worked in the industry and comes from a family with a long history in the horology world. I'm not an expert, but I'm what most would describe as "hardcore".
Rolex watches were originally built for farmers or military people; they were built for the common man. A watch that could be worn on the wrist and in the field. It could get dirty, wet, hit and persevere. That was what Rolex was all about. It is only as of late (30 - 40 years) has their marketing (and prices) shifted towards becoming a "luxury" brand. It's only recently that they started regularly using precious metals, stones and delicate finishes. Don't get me wrong. I love Rolex. They were the first brand I loved. I have several and wear a DateJust as my regular every day watch, but, they are the poster child for a brand pretending to be something they are not.
My wife has a aunt that wears a Rolex and I found out she was a regular client of certain jewelry store that primarily sold Cartier watches. I asked her why she wasn't wearing a Cartier to which he crassly pointed repeated to her wrist and said, "Rolex".
Years ago my wife and I had a birthday party for me and one of my wife's friends asked her what she had gotten me for my birthday. She said a Patek Phillipe wrist watch to which her friend replied, "Oh, why didn't you get him a Rolex?"
The vast majority of people have this perception of Rolex that is totally unfounded. Many Rolex's lose value over time. Yes, some of the professional series of Rolex are in high demand right now and hold value exceptionally well but this is a new trend and not true of all Rolex's. There was a time, not too long ago, when a Newman Daytona was almost worthless. Nor is it un-true of other pieces from other brands. Rolex also has done a good job of artificially keeping the prices of certain pieces high by keeping tight control on dealer discounting which automatically inflates second had values, but doesn't mean that it holds the value better.
Please don't be upset or angry. I'm just saying that I, a stranger on the internet, doesn't agree with your thoughts on this but has no negative feelings towards you.
Anyway, here is a picture of a watch.
All the best.
Edited by bigfatpaulie - Today at 7:43 pm