What characteristics do you value the most when you buy a watch?

There are three main characteristics in a watch that you look at before you buy it. The dial. The case and The movement. Out of these three characteristics. Which do you value most? For me I always look at the movement first and then the case second And lastly the dial. I have a photo of the JLC Mark 11 for example, a watch I dream about. The movement in this watch is an absolute masterpiece. The case is just simply perfect. And lastly, the dial. Just a simple black military dial. Would love to know what characteristics you guys value most before purchasing a watch that you have or want in the future? Thanks

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Dial > Case >>> Movement

I wear and enjoy my watches for their aesthetic and for styling my outfits.

I could not care less about the movement inside because it doesn't affect my experience at all. +10 seconds a day or +3 seconds a month doesn't make a difference when the watch powers down in the box at the end of the day. 40 hours power reserve or 70 doesn't matter for my rotation. All of these high end specs just make the price of owning and servicing a luxury watch skyrocket for no benefit on my end. 馃し

Beanna

Dial > Case >>> Movement

I wear and enjoy my watches for their aesthetic and for styling my outfits.

I could not care less about the movement inside because it doesn't affect my experience at all. +10 seconds a day or +3 seconds a month doesn't make a difference when the watch powers down in the box at the end of the day. 40 hours power reserve or 70 doesn't matter for my rotation. All of these high end specs just make the price of owning and servicing a luxury watch skyrocket for no benefit on my end. 馃し

Understandable. Definitely respect your perspective.

That's a heavy question. To me I would have to say heritage/History on a budget. I think we know that a Rolex, JLC, Vacheron and any big player will have the quality and movement and heritage when you spend more. But can you find it on an affordable brand?

For Example:

This Seiko 5 was a field watch for the Vietnam war:

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Seiko released a SNK model that homages the actual model for 150.

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JJMM1983

That's a heavy question. To me I would have to say heritage/History on a budget. I think we know that a Rolex, JLC, Vacheron and any big player will have the quality and movement and heritage when you spend more. But can you find it on an affordable brand?

For Example:

This Seiko 5 was a field watch for the Vietnam war:

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Seiko released a SNK model that homages the actual model for 150.

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Very cool! Thank you for that information. What is the reference of that Seiko 5 that was used in the Vietnam war?

movement-case-dial. Movement because a bad one makes an ornament. case because it has to be comfortable and dial last which has to be highly legible.

After four decades and over 200 watches that I've owned and flipped onto others and making the same mistakes over and over again, I am a watch nut afterall! I can say that I don't believe one needs certain watches in the collection or use a pattern that many claim would make a "complete" watch collection in the WatchBox such as casual, dress, diver, tool, sport, pilot, chronograph, Tourbillon, master complication etc. Today I look for design, materials, workmanship, size, proportion, comfort, these are key important characteristics for long term relationship in my view, along with of course the manucture brand and I appreciate more than ever "in house" manufacturing to insure no cutting corners like when ETA announced in 2004 no more movements for the majority of the watch industry and everyone went into panic. Finally as operating engineer of mechanical systems and operation I love watches that are purposeful as well functional past or present like divers, sport, tool/utility, pilot, casual and the like, also my favorite complication are chronograph, true GMT, big date, power reserve and others. Watch manufacture I love for years are Glashutte, Breitling, Omega, Seiko, Rolex, Tag Heuer since a youngster, Longines, Zenith, Blancpain, Corum, IWC and a few others that have history and progressed over the years.

Dial hands down. If the case is somehow a bit thick or thin etc with a beautiful dial, I can still wear it. And movement is now too mainstream is not a unique selling point unless its a super thin or tourbilon. However, if the dial is ugly then 馃槄

Example of my watch鈥檚 dial

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ArtofMark

Very cool! Thank you for that information. What is the reference of that Seiko 5 that was used in the Vietnam war?

6119-8090

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Also if you are into Seiko vintage I highly recommend browsing these catalogs and searching for any models you like:

https://www.theseikoguy.com/catalogs/

JJMM1983

That's a heavy question. To me I would have to say heritage/History on a budget. I think we know that a Rolex, JLC, Vacheron and any big player will have the quality and movement and heritage when you spend more. But can you find it on an affordable brand?

For Example:

This Seiko 5 was a field watch for the Vietnam war:

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Seiko released a SNK model that homages the actual model for 150.

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Raider Rolex. Issued to some very hi ops tempo, very tough dudes, who did very tough jobs. 100% of the MAC-V SOG were wounded.

Also one of the more faithful reissues IMO. Great watch, still at a great price, but when it was $99 on Joma that was a steal!

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Dial, then movement