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Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by koimaster » April 30th 2012, 2:12pm

Originally posted by yukiliu002 at Big Watch Forum 2010.

1) Never settle. Compromise.
If a Rolex is really what you want, don't throw away money on a Seiko just to buy. Save that money toward the Rolex. If need be, buy a used model and have it
refurbished.

2) Whenever possible, pay cash.
Don't rob Peter to pay Paul. Avoid credit cards like the plague; interest rates
eat up discounts. Buy what you can afford.

3) Buy for YOU, not someone else.
If you look long and hard enough you will find someone in TZ, or somewhere else
who will criticize your choice no matter what it is. Buy for you, not to impress someone else.

4) Consider the movement.
Consider the movement in the watch. Shoot for in-house or fine base calibers like the Zenith El Primero, Piguet, Lemania, Venus...but don't buy a style you
don't like simply because the movement is a great one. You can't wear a watch
inside-out.

5) Consider the manufacturer.
There are great ones to choose from but never buy just because of the name!
Patek is considered one of the finest, if not the best manufacturer out there.
But if you don't like the designs, don't buy one!

6) You won't become the watch.
The watch won't change you. It is a watch. Einstein had a Patek, Hemingway
wore Rolex and Omega. If you buy a Patek it won't make you a genius, and neither
an Omega or Rolex will improve your writing.

7) Size matters.
Large watches are a fad and a style. Some really look good. Consider your wrist
size because a really oversized watch on a small wrist looks sloppy. If you do
buy a large watch, make sure your shirt cuffs will fit over it. You don't want
to have to redo your wardrobe to fit your watch!

8) Get Insurance.
You will sleep better.

9) There is always going to be a better deal.
Shortly after you make a purchase, you will spot that exact same model selling
for less. It is one of life's little jokes. Don't let it bother you.

10) Keep in mind that salespeople are usually only objective about watches that
they sell.

11) The journey can be more fun than the destination.
Shortly after a purchase you may experience a let down. Let it pass, it's normal.

12) If it is broke, fix it.
To err is human. It is better to fix a mistake than try to live with it. If you
really aren't happy with a purchase, get rid of it!

13) Consider color.
All stainless steel, all white gold, all platinum with a bracelet goes with
everything. With a black strap, almost everything.
18k&black strap is dressy. 18k&brown strap is elegant but more casual, and
looks good with browns, tans, blues, yellow, green, and sometimes even gray.
White dials are dressier and easier to read, black dials are more cool and sporty.

14) Accuracy is relative.
Your self-winding watch isn't as accurate as your quartz. However it can be 99%
accurate. Off by just a few seconds out of over 80,000 each day is pretty amazing.

15) Take care of your good watches.
Get them serviced, keep them clean. They'll last longer than you will.

16) This is want, not need.
No one ever needs a luxury watch, this is about want. If you ask yourself, "do
I need this?" the honest answer is always, "no."

17) Never buy a watch as an investment.
Some watches will retain value, most don't. The watch that actually appreciates
in value is unique and chances are it will be your grandchildren who benefit,
not you.

18) No one watch will statisfy you completely. There is no single definitive model.

19) The more you know, the less you need.
A collection of 4 exceptional watches is better than a collection of 10 mediocre
ones.

20) Only engrave if it is a special gift.

21) Buy what you will wear, not for an occasion.
Don't run out and buy a dressy watch for just one special night. You probably
have one you can wear that will be just fine, or don't wear one at all.

22) Wear it.
If it has been two months since you wore it, you don't really like it. Get something you want to wear.

23) Limited is usually a marketing term.
Limited to 5,000 pieces is not limited. Limited to 2,000 isn't either.
Really limited is 30. Or 10. Or one.

24) You don't have to justify to anyone except yourself.
Someone will someday say, "you paid that much for a watch!!!" You are not obligated to explain, and they won't understand anyway.

25) Don't look at the Patek on the other guy's wrist and be envious. Look at the
watch on your wrist and be happy. Don't judge anyone by the watch they wear, (unless it is an Invicta)
including yourself.


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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by export! » April 30th 2012, 2:21pm

koimaster wrote:Originally posted by yukiliu002 at Big Watch Forum 2010.

11) The journey can be more fun than the destination.
Shortly after a purchase you may experience a let down. Let it pass, it's normal.


It was interesting to read that - I was wondering if it was just me. Thanks!
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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by ocean » April 30th 2012, 2:39pm

koimaster wrote:Originally posted by yukiliu002 at Big Watch Forum 2010.

8) Get Insurance.
You will sleep better.



Take it from someone that has gone through this experience your home owners will not cover your watches and jewelery. You will need and want to buy a Rider.
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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » July 2nd 2012, 9:19pm

Very profound...and, as I have suspected for quite some time now, I have a lot of watches to get rid of.

Great post - many thanks, Koi...
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » July 3rd 2012, 12:13am

Slowpo wrote:most of the guys here in WL's Don't fallow this rules, buying Renatos,Invicta,deep blue, seagull and more shit.


And most of us guys here have something to say when we post, rather than just run everyone else down, talk about homo-erotic fantasies and otherwise shit into every thread we get into. We talk about our experiences as watch collectors. I haven't seen one fucking worthwhile thing from you, pederast freak, much less one fucking worthwhile thing about watches. And now you've delivered yet another load of verbal troll diarrhea into yet another serious, thoughtful thread...way to go, Corkey, way to go...

I suggest you visit the NAMBLA site, as it's more suited to your interests and area of expertise. You and all the other child-molesting motherfuckers can get nice 'n hard listening to each others' made-up 'bitch stories.' You know, work on your 'rhythm,' Corkey.

Enough of this shit.

Welcome to my ignore list, you numb fucking cunt...

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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by AJC » July 3rd 2012, 2:23am

Slowpo wrote:most of the guys here in WL's Don't fallow this rules, buying Renatos,Invicta,deep blue, seagull and more shit.


What's in your watchbox, slowmoke? I don't recall you posting any pics of what you wear.
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Post by AJC » July 3rd 2012, 2:25am

Slowpo wrote:most of the guys here in WL's Don't fallow this rules, buying Renatos,Invicta,deep blue, seagull and more shit.


Also, every comma should have a space after it, "follow" is spelled f-o-l-l-o-w, and it's "these rules" not "this rules". Where the hell were you educated?
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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by BigCheez » July 3rd 2012, 4:11am

jason_recliner wrote:Whatever.


Don't forget rule number one... Image

I actually think this is pretty good advice, but he probably should have left specific brands out of it.

I don't actually have too many quibbles with any of the post, really. I offloaded all of my crap a while back and may only get one watch this year, but it won't be an impulse buy from the nice man on ma teevee box! :hater:
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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by koimaster » July 3rd 2012, 2:57pm

Slowpo wrote:
Mortuus wrote:

And most of us guys here have something blah blah blah


Go get cancer and die you piece of shit Image



@ slowpo -

One more time and you are out of here. My wife died of cancer and there is nothing funny about it. Mort's daughter died of it also. Do not, I repeat, do not think I am joking baby jesus.
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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » July 5th 2012, 12:24pm

I never get those 'let downs' when I get anything with a Valjoux 7750...of course, had I bought that 'turdling O-riggionnull w/the 7750, I prolly wouldn't be so joyous...
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Re: Rules For Watch Collectors

Post by eddiea » July 5th 2012, 1:39pm

conjurer wrote:11) The journey can be more fun than the destination. Shortly after a purchase you may experience a let down. Let it pass, it's normal.
Unless it's a Smiths Everest.

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Post by conjurer » July 5th 2012, 1:40pm

eddiea wrote:
conjurer wrote:11) The journey can be more fun than the destination. Shortly after a purchase you may experience a let down. Let it pass, it's normal.
Unless it's a Smiths Everest.

C'mon John....still bitter about the Smiths? Image


I sure am, Eddie. I expected so much more from British engineering.
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