fake watches are for fake people...period
got to try this on today...wow!!!
My 2 cents.
Last edited by rollin; 09-17-10 at 07:08 AM.
This is my "nice" watch, a vintage 1986 Seiko. It was a gift from my Dad. Almost 25 years old, it's outlasted two straps and I don't know how many batteries, and still runs perfectly.
Most days I wear a cheap knockaround Timex. I never wear a watch while cycling.
Last edited by va_cyclist; 09-17-10 at 08:52 AM.
Expensive watches are just jewelry, like diamond rings and bracelets and dangling gold chains, and have little to do with the practical need for knowing the time. A nice watch for any practical purpose can be had for a couple hundred or less. A lot of men don't like to admit that they wear jewelry, so they call them watches. Inexpensive watches that look like expensive ones are like costume jewelry. So if you're vain enough to need an expensive jewelry-watch, at least be honest about what it is. If it's a gift from a loved one, so much the better.
It is humorous to see these big clunker watches worn by people that also spend a lot to save a few grams on their bike gear, even more so when paired out on the road.
A tip - a few years ago I bought each of my three sons a beautiful Seiko titanium diver's watch for Christmas, on sale for about $150 each. The boys love them, and they are much lighter than a steel watch, I'd say less than half the weight for comparable size and style. I got my wife a lady's model, which is also a featherweight.
Read this for a laugh:
Last edited by sced; 09-17-10 at 07:54 AM.
Wilier Izoard XP (Campagnolo Record)
Cinelli Xperience (SRAM Force)
Specialized Allez (SRAM Rival)
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Campagnolo Centaur)
But a watch? It's like being impressed with how many angels can fit on the head of a pin or an especially nice ship in a bottle. I'm an ME and a researcher and have been lucky enough to work on some amazing engineering projects. People have no sense of perspective. The technology that goes into a jet engine or a cell phone is infinitely more impressive than any watch ever made. The manufacturing processes that mass produce high quality, affordable watches probably much better represent human ingenuity than the watches themselves. Ditto for cars. I've been a sports car buff all my life and have owned several. At least they provide visceral as well as intellectual excitement. I'll never understand art though. Our local museum has a large Jasper Johns collection. What a load of crap.
I forgot to add, to me the most impressive thing about Rolex is the advertising to gullible people. It's so much like the bike trade. Their adds talk about what great stainless steel they use, or some special coating on a bezel, or that it's waterproof to 1000m, like these are actually important in some way.
A few years ago I read an interview with the guy who started Invicta. He said that even their higher end watches, and those of other makers, cost only about $10-$15 to make because of all the precision automation in the manufacturing processes. So when somebody buys an expensive watch sans precious metals and jewels, what are you really paying for. The answer should be obvious.