The ‘Safe’ Option

Hi guys, first proper post on here and just looking for a little advice. I’m very much in the early days of watch collecting and I’ve not broken the bank on a big boy yet despite my urges to.

My question is this, I really want to treat myself after a difficult year so soon it will be time to buy my first luxury watch and ever since I got into the hobby the Black Bay 58 is the one that’s always caught my eye. I always go back to it after looking at other options.

However, I’m second guessing myself because I’m starting to think it’s a little too ‘safe’. It’s the one that everyone seems to go for and I’m worried that I’m not thinking for myself and I’m just following the crowd.

Does anyone have any advice for someone who’s only been into watches for a few years and might now be caring a little too much about what people think? If there are any other options for the same sort of money that might have passed me by then I’d also love to hear them.

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I’d say, don’t rush into buying anything. It’s a lot of money and you want something you’ll keep. Do your research, go and try a few on, see how they actually feel on your wrist. Then don’t buy it, you don’t want buyers remorse. Walk away, let it sink in. Maybe try it on a few times. Then when you know, you’ll know. Follow your heart and your gut and you’ll get the perfect watch for you. The BB58 is a fabulous choice, btw! 👍🏻

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I’d say experiment with a couple of watch types with cheaper watches beforehand and decide if you wanna go the diver or chrono option, for example. Right now i would really love an Omega Speedmaster Professional for example but also am not sure so i am just experimenting a bit with cheaper options

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Forget what everyone else is doing. Try them all on yourself and just buy the one you feel is right. Don’t rush as mentioned above. Try them on several times if you have to until you’re sure.

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I can only recommend you buy what you like!

If you are interested in a #tudor then go to an AD and try on the watch and preferably a few others too.

I experienced it myself that I liked a watch and when I had it on my wrist I didn't like that watch anymore so I bought another one. 😉

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What are the parameters other than price (colour, style, movement, size...) There are less safe options, always. For example:

https://www.shop.horage.com/product-page/supersede-date

Knowing what I know (about watches but more so about myself), I personally would by an Aqua Terra through secondary channels (for not a lot more money than a BB58). Loads of sizes as well as dial colours and feels, to me, more special than a Tudor.

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Go & try it on if you can. I realise that isn't always possible - I bought my Grail (Heritage Seamaster 300, 2015 ) unseen, but I'd done a couple of years research beforehand.

Not a fan of the Bland Bay range myself, seems like folks don't keep them as there's always a plethora of used ones available - so I'd go the lightly used route as you'll save on the initial purchase & won't suffer as much depreciation if you do decide to move it on at a later date.

Good luck mate 🤞🏻👍

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Don't buy it without trying it. And buy what you like, and not what someone else likes.

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UnsignedCrown

What are the parameters other than price (colour, style, movement, size...) There are less safe options, always. For example:

https://www.shop.horage.com/product-page/supersede-date

Knowing what I know (about watches but more so about myself), I personally would by an Aqua Terra through secondary channels (for not a lot more money than a BB58). Loads of sizes as well as dial colours and feels, to me, more special than a Tudor.

Don’t tempt me with the Aqua Terra I walk by an Omega shop almost every weekend and so far I’ve managed to stop myself going in to try it on! 😂 In terms of parameters I’m honestly quite open, I just want whatever I buy to feel special to me and a good use of the money I saved for it!

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Inkitatus

Go & try it on if you can. I realise that isn't always possible - I bought my Grail (Heritage Seamaster 300, 2015 ) unseen, but I'd done a couple of years research beforehand.

Not a fan of the Bland Bay range myself, seems like folks don't keep them as there's always a plethora of used ones available - so I'd go the lightly used route as you'll save on the initial purchase & won't suffer as much depreciation if you do decide to move it on at a later date.

Good luck mate 🤞🏻👍

Used is very very tempting indeed seeing some good examples that would save me a chunk of money to spend on something else! Very dangerous game this hobby 😂

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Safe is good 😌

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BB58 is not a hit for no reason. 😊

Your tastes will probably evolve in time. I wear today watches that I found awfully boring years ago.

The best advice we can give you is to try some of them... and a watch will chose you like a magic wand in HP 😀

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It’s good to have a ‘safe’ first expensive watch so that you can wear it for any occasion. Good choice for the BB58 as it goes well with any straps and can dress up or down with it. They movement is accurate and it’ll also age very well.

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Here’s mine on a MN type strap.

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On a President bracelet

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And on a nato.

I agree it’s not exciting as some other watches but it’s a GADA and will most probably stay in the collection? If I don’t know which watch to wear this is my go to watch.

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100misenuf

It’s good to have a ‘safe’ first expensive watch so that you can wear it for any occasion. Good choice for the BB58 as it goes well with any straps and can dress up or down with it. They movement is accurate and it’ll also age very well.

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Here’s mine on a MN type strap.

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On a President bracelet

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And on a nato.

I agree it’s not exciting as some other watches but it’s a GADA and will most probably stay in the collection? If I don’t know which watch to wear this is my go to watch.

This may have just tipped the scales to me pulling the trigger!

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Ask yourself: Will I smile when I look down at my 4k watch or be a little disappointed? Price aside, you can get some phenomenal watches for sub £1000 that are just as nice (glycine combat sub 42) for instance.

Never buy hype or common if you want a grin

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I say ‘Do it!’ You’ll love it. Super versatile, too. Looks great on almost any strap.

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As others have already said, try it on, then go home and sit on the decision for a while.

Also, consider other options in a similar price range. The Pelagos 39, and the new BB fixed bezel options might actually interest you more when you try them.

Personally, I find myself less drawn to watches with rotating bezels every year, and find myself wearing more standard watches like my CW C65 Dune, Damasko DS30, and CW C63 Sealander. Evolving tastes are something to bear in mind when making a choice.

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I own a lot of Tudors and just as many Breitling watches. I gave my BB 58 to my younger daughter who could not support any of my gently worn Breitlings. Before deciding you might check out the recently launched B Avenger line of watches, won’t be safe or boring imo.

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How awesome is it you can treat yourself to a nice watch after a tough year? There are a lot of great watches in that price range, but if you were do add a single watch, it is hard to beat a BB58. Is it safe? Sure, but so is a Submariner or Speedmaster. As others said, but what you want and do not worry about whether others will think it is safe.

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Thank you to everyone above for the words of advice, this novice really appreciates it all and it’s certainly pointed me in the right direction! I’ll update with whatever I buy soon!

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I went through this same dilemma when I purchased mine. I had watched numerous YT reviews and read numerous articles. I hesitated because I had a nagging feeling I was being persuaded and was following the crowd. I went to the AD to finally try it on… LOVE at first sight. The gilt, the size, the finishing. It was pure magic. Walked out 15 minutes later with it on my wrist and haven’t had one ounce of regret since.

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WatchBuff5280

I went through this same dilemma when I purchased mine. I had watched numerous YT reviews and read numerous articles. I hesitated because I had a nagging feeling I was being persuaded and was following the crowd. I went to the AD to finally try it on… LOVE at first sight. The gilt, the size, the finishing. It was pure magic. Walked out 15 minutes later with it on my wrist and haven’t had one ounce of regret since.

I think a visit to the AD is in order and I’m hoping to have a similar experience to you!

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I wouldn’t say safe I would say classic or refined looking. I like these types of watches because they will age with you well. If you think it will be with you forever then I’d say go safe but also don’t give a flying F what people you don’t know on the internet advise you to do. Go with your gut/heart and get whatever you like