Watch encounters in the wild (bar, restaurant) end awkward

Have you guys been at a party, bar, restaurant and looked over and saw someone wearing a watch that caught your attention, then got the nerve to say, Great Watch only for that person not to engage with you? 🤨 

when I see a nice watch in the wild, it’s like Disney I get excited, say Great Watch in hopes we start a conversation and become life long Watch buddies (like on here) and more often than not…I end up talking to myself and try to play it cool 😎… lol

the other night i was at a bar waiting for a drink when the gent next to me was wearing a Tudor Black bay Heritage with the burgundy red dial and I was wearing a Tudor also. I took a breath and said,  Geeat Watch.. I love Tudor. Did you see the new Ranger? and about that time he walked away.  a kick square to the nuts. Luckily my wife was there to console me. Ha!

this happen to anyone else?

so glad we have each other!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Life can be tough, hang in there buddy. I think that most people with nice watches just bought a nice watch and don’t think about it anymore. And to be honest, I dont usually engage in much conversation with strangers. That said, if you ask about my watch, I’ll definitely talk to you. 
 

It may be tough to find them, but there are watch people out there. 
 

Cheers. 

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Nope, never happens to me cuz I never say anything to anyone about their watch, ESPECIALLY in the loo. 

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UnholiestJedi

Nope, never happens to me cuz I never say anything to anyone about their watch, ESPECIALLY in the loo. 

C’mon man, urinal is the best spot for conversation. And eye contact. Lots of eye contact. 

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I have had relatively good experience with chatting about watches with strangers. Elevator usually is best because you're both trapped in there and it can be awkward. Mentioning their watch can generally break the ice.

One time I complimented a guy on his classic Monaco and he was really chuffed that someone noticed the watch. I mean you wear a Monaco so that people know that you are different than the typical Rolex crowd.

In business meetings it can also work really well while you're waiting for the meeting to start. I was sitting next to our President in an Executive Committee meeting and I saw that he was wearing an FPJ Chronometre Bleu. I complimented him on his FPJ and he was really surprised that I knew about the watch. Made for nice light conversation.

If they diss you, then it's their loss - they just missed the chance to connect with another human being over a shared interest.

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Yup. Happened tonight actually. I was wearing my G shock, which going out, is a rare occasion indeed. Saw another guy at the bar and he also had a similar model G shock. I said to him "I see you got the memo. It's G shock night". He looked down, saw my watch, gave me a fist bump and a smile. 

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I've had rather good experiences as well. 

My best random watch conversations in order.

  1. Sinn 104 - learned about the countdown bezel
  2.  A Lange und Sohne Datograph - spent a pleasant hour at a very nice cocktail bar with a somewhat underdressed gentleman who will be worth far far more money than I ever will.
  3.  Ciga Design Blue Planet - made fun of my Roadster by calling it a Franck Muller.  I asked him why wear a watch when you can't read it anyway.  We are now watch buddies.

My worst conversations in reverse order.

3. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean - "this isn't a seamaster.  This is a planet ocean."

2. Breitling Navitimer 38 - "it's better than a Rolex" 

  1. Rolex GMT Master II - "Rolex has a special technology that means you don't need to change the battery.  No one else has it."

I have learned not to bother with submariners or bb58s.  Muggle to enthusiast ratio is too high.

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One of my problems is that it’s hard to tell what somebody‘s wearing without staring. So it’s kind of a leap of faith…is that watch made over the course of 29 months by 3 87 year old Swiss men, or is it for sale in Skymall? And I’m terrified I’ll have to spend an hour listening to some guy extol the virtues of his Bolex. 

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thekris

One of my problems is that it’s hard to tell what somebody‘s wearing without staring. So it’s kind of a leap of faith…is that watch made over the course of 29 months by 3 87 year old Swiss men, or is it for sale in Skymall? And I’m terrified I’ll have to spend an hour listening to some guy extol the virtues of his Bolex. 

Sky mall - that’s a throw back….

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Love that black bay!

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Whenever a medical worker is taking my pulse, if they aren't using a phone or smartwatch, I want to say something. I did once. I think it was some big rugged looking SKMEI digital. It's not like that was picked up locally so I figured there would be some worthwhile response. 

Nope, the young lady said it was an old watch from her father. If you're thinking there was some sentimentality in this, you are mistaken. It seemed much more like she needed a watch and dad had an extra one lying around, the end. Womp womp.

BTW, back when I wore my Mickey Mouse watch more, pulse takers would comment on it a good portion of the time.

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People are weird, they want to go out and meet people but then when someone talks to them, they are "offended" that's stupid. Let them eat cake if you try and they don't respond

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Man, that comment about the Rolex not needing a battery is classic. You wonder how that person got successful enough in other aspects of life to even afford a watch like that if they didn't know enough to research even a single thing about the watch they are wearing.

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GoingTopShelf

Man, that comment about the Rolex not needing a battery is classic. You wonder how that person got successful enough in other aspects of life to even afford a watch like that if they didn't know enough to research even a single thing about the watch they are wearing.

Rolex owners (and I say this as a Rolex owner) are pretty freaking cliche sometimes.

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Yeah I was at Black Bear Diner and some dude was wearing a Tag Heuer Monaco. I walked up to the table and said, "beautiful Monaco, man!" He looked at me like I had just accused him of stealing a Slurpee from the nearest 7-Eleven. 

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OscarKlosoff

Whenever a medical worker is taking my pulse, if they aren't using a phone or smartwatch, I want to say something. I did once. I think it was some big rugged looking SKMEI digital. It's not like that was picked up locally so I figured there would be some worthwhile response. 

Nope, the young lady said it was an old watch from her father. If you're thinking there was some sentimentality in this, you are mistaken. It seemed much more like she needed a watch and dad had an extra one lying around, the end. Womp womp.

BTW, back when I wore my Mickey Mouse watch more, pulse takers would comment on it a good portion of the time.

Being honest, we mostly just use the wall clock. 

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