Controversial Watch Opinions Vol.3

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Edit: Appreciating the banter guys 馃槀

I disagree

I'm front.

Square poo apparently聽

been waiting for you lol

Gasworks

Square poo apparently聽

Going for the deep dive there!

I'll kick this off with one that might upset a few...

The phrase "nobody needs a watch" is silly, and shows a lack of thought about circumstances outside the life of an urban office drone.聽

There are lots of people who actually need watches. People who work in manual labour that would damage a phone, people who work in environments that don't allow phones, or other smart deceives, people who spend days/weeks away from charging points, etc...聽

People tend to assume their life is the "average", and not really consider that most people live a very different life.聽

  1. I'm very anti-Nato (the strap)

Much less practical than a rubber strap and bracelet for my extreme lifestyle. By extreme lifestyle, I mean washing baby dishes and giving my toddler a bath. Nato gets wet and takes 20+ minutes to dry so this uncomfortably wet piece of fabric sits on my wrist whereas a rubber strap and bracelet dry immediately. Also, the climate that I live in (FL panhandle) equates to a sweaty nato within 10 minutes of stepping outside during the summer. Nato looks good on Instagram but much less practical (for my extreme lifestyle) than majority of watch community makes them out to be.

2. A well made integrated rubber strap is the best/most versatile way to wear a watch. I don't care for the helium escape valve...but the Seamaster Diver 300m on the Omega rubber strap? Seriously the most comfortable watch I've tried on and looks fantastic.

Here's one: a bracelet that uses screws isn't better than a good pin and collar system.聽

Too often, when embrace it has screws, it's framed as a perk for an advantage. In my experience, screws oftentimes become loose and maybe screwed in periodically. Compare that to a pin and collar system (a la Christopher Ward) Wear pins never slip out and the links are more securely fastened.聽

Disadvantage with screw, is that it could be easily stripped.聽

Gasworks

Square poo apparently聽

Very controversial

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Here's one: a bracelet that uses screws isn't better than a good pin and collar system.聽

Too often, when embrace it has screws, it's framed as a perk for an advantage. In my experience, screws oftentimes become loose and maybe screwed in periodically. Compare that to a pin and collar system (a la Christopher Ward) Wear pins never slip out and the links are more securely fastened.聽

Disadvantage with screw, is that it could be easily stripped.聽

Just use sellotape I reckon

SaintWoody
  1. I'm very anti-Nato (the strap)

Much less practical than a rubber strap and bracelet for my extreme lifestyle. By extreme lifestyle, I mean washing baby dishes and giving my toddler a bath. Nato gets wet and takes 20+ minutes to dry so this uncomfortably wet piece of fabric sits on my wrist whereas a rubber strap and bracelet dry immediately. Also, the climate that I live in (FL panhandle) equates to a sweaty nato within 10 minutes of stepping outside during the summer. Nato looks good on Instagram but much less practical (for my extreme lifestyle) than majority of watch community makes them out to be.

2. A well made integrated rubber strap is the best/most versatile way to wear a watch. I don't care for the helium escape valve...but the Seamaster Diver 300m on the Omega rubber strap? Seriously the most comfortable watch I've tried on and looks fantastic.

Nato strap makes the profile of the watch too thicc

My controversial opinion is that @CombatWombat writes too many sh*tty opinions without having actually held most of the watches in his own hands. What a douche...

Controversial opinion. I don't get the fuss over the Cartier Santos. Admittedly I've never held one but I just don't see the appeal... to me the dial looks a bit... low rent.... and how many screws is too many? Perhaps it's just me... it usually is.

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I posted a version of this "controversial opinion" yesterday. 聽Within minutes this entire post disappeared from the site. 聽It was probably how I said it, rather than what I said. Maybe this isn't controversial. 聽Maybe just my predicted implications are. 聽I deleted my comment and here we are, back again.

I think that we are several years into a disruption that will dwarf the so-called "Quartz Crisis". In a market disruption event change happens slowly at first, and then abruptly. 聽We have entered the "Smartphone Crisis". 聽After this crisis there is nothing. 聽All of this goes away. 聽No AD's to flatter and court. 聽No one to service your watch. 聽No forums. No Basilworld. Manufacturer consolidation on a massive scale, leaving you very little selection. 20 years hence the watch community and the high-end pen community will be similar in size and scale. 聽It will be become a zombie hobby, like model trains.

Perhaps, I am too pessimistic. 聽But ask yourself: 聽how many people owned cameras in 1970 versus today. Kodak was a Fortune 500 company. If you own a nice Canon or Leica you are now a rara avis. For your listening pleasure: 聽https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UskDupcLM0M

Gasworks

Controversial opinion. I don't get the fuss over the Cartier Santos. Admittedly I've never held one but I just don't see the appeal... to me the dial looks a bit... low rent.... and how many screws is too many? Perhaps it's just me... it usually is.

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To me Cartiers range stops at the Tank. Nothing else they produce matches it

let's go : I could not care less about the Royal Oak 50th anniversary and the demise of the Patek 5711.

Seriously, isn't it time to let the 70's peacefully die ?