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Classiv Vs. Flashy

Oct 11, 1998
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This posting is regarding watches, cars and wives but can be easily applied to knives (with this we almost covered all the male desires). It was in regards to someone who was always selling his expensive timepieces after getting tired of them very quickly. I think it's well worth reading.

Hello Mike, I empathize with your watch addiction, and have gone through many of same things you are feeling with regard to watch purchases. I find that I often see a watch for the first time and am interested like crazy, thinking to myself that I just gotta have that watch, but hold of for a while to only realize that a month or so later, I am no longer interested in that watch at all. Try looking at the same watch photo in a watch mag over and over in the span of about 2 weeks or so, and sooner or later, you will lose interest in it. If you don't, then I would seriously consider it. Also, theory I have is that if you buy watches that are so specialized and "different" from other watches (ie. unique features, unique design, unique look etc.) then you will invariably become sick of it real fast. This may seem like a strange statement at first, but trust me, if you buy more mainstream, simple designs that don't attract so much attention, and instead blends in with things, then you, yourself will spend less time scrutinizing your watch over time. For example, try buying watches that are very plain and simple, but honest, rubust, and of solid quality (not necessarily the best in quality, but decent and trustworthy) - an example might be a Rolex Explorer II - yes, Rolexes are common, they don't look that special or unique compared to that VDB Magnum Churchill you so loved at the time you wrote the Review, but it is a solid timepiece that is plain and understated in its basic design, and very functional. Much like buying a plain silver colored Mercedes. You know a flashy bright red Ferrari or Porsche may be real fun and exciting, but over time, you might grow tired of the Ferrari, and start looking at more exciting, unique cars, never quite being satisfied with what you have. However, with a plain looking Mercedes, you don't draw as much attention as the Ferrari or Porsche, but you yourself, knows that you have a solid workhorse/bankvaultlike car that never grows out of style, which you intend to keep until the thing dies. Classics never go out of style. I don't personally have an Explorer II, but I just used that as an example. I see my Bvlgari Sport watch as the Explorer. It suits my needs of solid quality, can take a beating, can be appropriate for work, play, special events, and I don't think it is too flashy, especially since many people have not ever seen a Bvlgari, but in my mind, I think I am wearing a nice solid watch. The Explorer may be easily recognized, but it too, is not too flashy (all steel) with sport watch looks, and not trying to look fancy like a Patek or Lange or Breguet. I have a new Omega Constellation Chronometer that I purchased about 4 months ago and am already tired of it because I think Omega did too much in the styling department on the bezel, case, bracelet etc. It is overstyled, and I liked the look a lot at first, but soon discovered that I could grow real tired of its look very fast. It is just like some women who you think are really pretty when you first see them but can tell that you would get tired of their look if you see them each and everyday. These women may seem very spunky and exciting, but you soon learn that it is tiring trying to keep them happy. Whereas some women are more subtle in their beauty, and that is something that you cannot get tired of very easily. These women here might be a little more sedate and boring, but in the end, they are the true keepers because overall, they are of true quality. I don't know, maybe this sounds weird, but just my 2 cents. Hope this helps a bit. It seems that you are often looking at watches that are different/special from the rest. ie. minerva, VDB Magnum Churchill, etc. And it is because these watches are so different, that you will grow tired of them in time. I would buy watches that are more "boring" but good quality to cure the cycle of buying & selling right away. Regards, dl

[This message has been edited by Ralf (edited 12 May 1999).]