What do you look for when buying a watch? What matters the most?

Buying a watch is an incredibly fun process. Especially if you are new to the hobby, It's a lot of information coming at you. Different types of watches, different types of aesthetics. Everyone has their preferences. Everyone has their dislikes. I thought about this a great deal and Ive broken it down into three categories when buying a watch. Capabilities. Aesthetics. And history/ provenance. In my opinion, if you are looking for a capable watch then you should definitely consider going for a relatively affordable watch. If You are going purely for aesthetics then You can find yourself something affordable or within your budget. But if you are going for history and provenance then you should go for vintage, Yes, vintage is far more difficult because you have to do a lot more research but for me that's much more fun. You might have to spend more as well. But in the end, I think you are going to get something that's much more special than any modern watch can give you even something from the holy Trinity. In my opinion I think the 20th century was the Apex in watchmaking. I would never buy a modern watch over a vintage watch at the same price point. Vintage watches have history and provenance and they have craftsmanship that died with the people who made them. Collecting watches is fun and everyone's taste grows as they get into the hobby and changes. But in my opinion, I encourage everyone to really consider vintage next time you're looking for a watch, but it's always about what your looking for. Thank you! Just wanted to express some thoughts. I have about buying a new watch in today's market.

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You make some valid points. I love looking at vantage watches at the moment but buying one is so difficult. As a rule you cant pick up and inspect, your usually going off photos etc. It is not impossible but its harder to get a good one. I have seen a lot of WC peeps bought vintage at car boot sales (or your country equivalent) and some great buys if your in the right place at the right time. I never seem to be !

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Agreed that there is something special about vintage, but it’s not for me. I can get the same feeling of history from an updated version of a historic watch.

When I look for a new watch, the most important thing is “use case”. What features/aesthetics does it have and how does it fit in with my existing collection.

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I agree 100%. Started a year ago with this hobby and bought at the AD my first luxury watch. After that I bought several vintage watches and it's much more fun to search after them and in the same time gain knowledge. And the process to track down a watch is really nice, sometimes more than use the watch itself hahah.

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The history, the patinas, the stories behind them, it's incredibly alluring to get into vintage watches. Unfortunately though, they were built to much smaller dimensions back then 33mm etc, which look frankly ridiculous on my 7.5 inch wrist. Otherwise I'd have a vintage collection.

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sossij

The history, the patinas, the stories behind them, it's incredibly alluring to get into vintage watches. Unfortunately though, they were built to much smaller dimensions back then 33mm etc, which look frankly ridiculous on my 7.5 inch wrist. Otherwise I'd have a vintage collection.

That's interesting, you say that. I'm actually the opposite. The smaller diameters are perfect from my small wrist.

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Going for history you can also go new, brands with incredible history that are continuing watches with good history

My best example is vostok, very good history, the ingenuity in their Amphibia watch is truly something to praise

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I'm yearning for a vintage watch but with the era comes a particular case size and with my tree trunk of a wrist it's hard to find one that I can guarantee I'm going to be comfortable wearing on my wrist.

The smallest I really want to go is 39mm and I guess I don't know what to look for because I can't seem to strike gold just yet.

I don't really think too hard about history when it relates to watches. Strictly the aesthetics and the engineering. I've seen juvenile brands do exceptional things at marvelous prices and I've seen giants drop the ball at ridiculous prices!

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Just chiming in here to say that's a beautiful Universal Geneve you've got there sir @TheLongineswayround

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watchtuning

Just chiming in here to say that's a beautiful Universal Geneve you've got there sir @TheLongineswayround

Thank you very much!

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Deanseiko876

I'm yearning for a vintage watch but with the era comes a particular case size and with my tree trunk of a wrist it's hard to find one that I can guarantee I'm going to be comfortable wearing on my wrist.

The smallest I really want to go is 39mm and I guess I don't know what to look for because I can't seem to strike gold just yet.

I don't really think too hard about history when it relates to watches. Strictly the aesthetics and the engineering. I've seen juvenile brands do exceptional things at marvelous prices and I've seen giants drop the ball at ridiculous prices!

That's a fair point. Vintage watches work well for me because I have a small wrist. For me, when you look at the landscape of watches, there are plenty of modern watches that will hit all of the marks in terms of capabilities, that one thing that differentiates watches is history and Providence. that's what makes a watch special. I could wear a brand new seamaster or Submariner feel nothing from it but if I have a 1016 explorer on I feel special. But that's just me.