I have a question. No offence to anyone who owns one but what is the point in buying a $1000+ watch? I have a $30 timex that keeps perfect time (it is less than a minute off in a year) I personally like the simple style of it better than those IMO overly complicated high end watches.
So why do you pay so much money for a watch?
Is it only the look?
Do you buy it just because of the name?
Again I am not trying to offend anyone with this post I simply don't understand the point of a more expensive watch.
Why buy a Ferrari when a Corvette Z06 offers similar performance for a fraction of the cost?
Why stay at the Wynn Las Vegas when the Comfort Inn also offers a bed to sleep on?
Why would you buy a 8,000 square foot house when a 1,800 square foot house will hold you, your wife and two kids?
There is more to the watches here than meets the eye. The materials used, the process in which they are made, the history behind the companies that make these timepieces, etc.
I don't think anyone here would be offended, but I'm sure you can look at the way you live and see that you have something that would get a "why the hell would you spend that kind of money on that?" reaction. We all do, its nature, we all want "cool" things.
BTW, I am getting rid of my Rolex Sea Dweller to fund a new "hotness". Hopefully I will have it soon and post pics.
Originally Posted by immtbiker /img/forum/go_quote.gif Does any one know what the difference is, between 21 and 27 jewels?
The jewels refer to the synthethic rubies (red coloured stones that can be seen through cases with open case backs) that serve to reduce friction (like ball bearings) and provide a very small degree of shock absorption at critical pivot points in the movement.
It has NO bearing on the quality of the movement. More jewels do not mean that one watch is better than another.
The less complicated a watch is, the smaller the number of jewels needed.
A basic 3 hand watch that just tells time will likely have less jewels than a chronograph (watch with a stopwatch built in) which has more moving parts.
Here are pics of the Breitling Aerospace I bought a couple months ago...
I think it has one of the coolest looking and distinctive dials of any watch around. The watch certainly exudes a high-tech look. Since it is made of titanium, it feels light as a feather. My mid-sized Omega Seamaster Chronometer feels like a lead weight compared to it. I'm a research scientist and the countdown timer/chronograph actually comes in handy to time experiments.
It has a thermo-compensated quartz movement. From what I've read, this means it has a temp sensor inside that adjusts for the effects of temperature on the quartz mechanism. It's suppose to be accurate to within 10 secs PER YEAR. Pretty nifty.
As to the other poster's question as to why buy expensive watches. To me, it is the same reason people buy any other "luxury" item, be it watches, cars, clothes, etc...styling, craftsmanship, and exclusivity. Even though I don't brag about my watches to other, I still get a sense of pride wearing an expensive finely crafted watch when most others just wear cheap plastic watches.