bedlam wrote: ↑
July 28th 2020, 6:49pm
TemerityB wrote: ↑
July 28th 2020, 6:09pm
bedlam wrote: ↑
July 28th 2020, 5:29pm
Nobody ever spent Rolex money to get good timekeeping...Those things are for self-image in front of impressionable others.
Oh, really? How about someone who simply wants a great product that will last a lifetime?
C'mon man, tell me why I like the brand.
It wasn't intended to be personal.
Many decent watches that are far cheaper will easily last a lifetime, look good, and run accurately. So why would people pay the Rolex premium for something that doesn't perform any better? Sometimes there could be a very specific look that a person connects to which happens to be a Rolex but I think people are buying marketing to a fair degree.
Happy to be schooled on how this isn't the case.
You are fair to use a price-for-value way of looking at watches. But why piss in other people's corn flakes to make your point? We have at least four Rolex owners here. So we're all trying to score pussy or walk down 5th Avenue with our wrists in the air. C'mon, man.
Will you meet someone who is loaded and flaunts his stuff? Welcome to the world of capitalism. That's just the way some people act, particularly here in the good ol' USA, where we have a damnable fool ratio that's certainly not anything to be proud of. If you've been bitten by some jagoff from 'Merica who was all hat, no cattle, well, I hear ya.
However, there are some of us out here who could give a rat's ass about what others think of their watch or their collections. I've been at this hobby for 17 years now, and the only watch that EVER has gotten noticed on my wrist was - wait for it - a freakin' Stuhrling Original cheapie some guy was drooling over while I was standing in line in a freakin' Burger King. But it is so rare to find anyone who ever even says "nice watch" to someone, even here in NYC.
But here's my reasoning for coveting and buying Rolex: First off, I like the styling. The traditional, basic Rolex styling. Sure, they can welp out a bunch overly blinged, garish stuff, but guess what? That's the only stuff that's laying in the stores right now before the September 1 restock. But a simple Datejust or Oyster Perpetual are just MY style - simple, versatile, capable of being worn with any clothing, waterproof (yes, even the lowest end Rolex is rated at, at least, 330 feet, as all their crowns screw down).
They're also certified chronometers, and every single one of them (excepting the Cellini line perhaps) rated at 330 feet. What was that about nobody wanting a Rolex for accurate time? Mine is running at minus one second a day. Their bracelets are so comfortable you don't even feel like you're wearing a watch - I always use the Taylor acoustic guitar comparison; play a Taylor, and every other guitar just doesn't feel right afterward. The quality difference is off the scale. The amazingly scratch-proof bracelets are a big selling point with me; Rolex has an entire building at its HQ dedicated just to their steel works. Big selling point, at least for me. No press-metal clasps here, either. I mean, it's not even close to any other brand I've ever been able to try on. Give me an Omega Seamaster bracelet or virtually any Rolex bracelet and I'd be thrilled.
Then there's the dial work - much of which is done by hand, so I really don't wanna hear that "machine made" bromide. I did not even know, until recently, that the hour markers on all stainless steel Rolex models are actual 18 karat white gold. Look at them through a loupe, and see the difference. The script, the hands, the smooth sweep of the second hand ... I mean, if you're into watches, what's not to like?
So I have a couple of Rolex, one old, one new. Here's a comforting little tidbit, at least for me: I'm guessing I'm much older than you. Right now, stainless steel Rolex are so scarce that gray market sites are getting higher than list price for unworn models. These watches simply don't depreciate, not all that much; I'd wager than when I die, if it's before my wife, she'll be able to get back what I've paid for the new watch. I think that's value by any standard. Yeah, I know a Rolex is expensive - but I worked by ass off and saved and purchased what I think it an exceptional watch. Not a good watch, not a nice one - an exceptional one.
Everyone has what they like. But I'll tell ya what - I think the Seiko SKX series was pure crap, shoddily assembled dive watches that even their most ardent fans used to apologize for. But did I ever, even once, invade a thread and bring that up? No way. Others like what they like.
So, please, don't tell me I'm "buying marketing," swayed by magazine ads, etc. Rolex is an exceptional product - the rest of the free world seems to have figured that out. If you're going to use price points for your reason for damning something that's actually a good product, that's your perogative.
But if you're gonna week after week find some reason to keep trying to slap the faces of myself and the other guys who happen to like Rolex, well, I'll find the block button - that's my