This watch broke my heart

I have had this watch on my grail list for the longest time. That salmon dial, those hands, those indices... ticked all the boxes for me. 

When I was in town today I popped into my AD and couldn't believe it when they had one in the window! So in I march... 

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Finally get it on my wrist and the feeling was just... 

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I couldn't say there was anything wrong with it as such. Dial in the flesh was.... fine.... case size, sit on the wrist...all fine... but nothing special. I don't know what I was expecting. Perhaps I'd built it up too much over the months to something mind-blowingly exceptional that was going to bring me ultimate fulfilment, lifelong happiness and superpowers.... Perhaps it's because I've been spoilt with @Gasworks watches that nothing else can live up to.... I don't know. But now I'm feeling...

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I'm going to go buy myself a Seiko to feel better.

Just needed to talk about it to the only people I know who will understand.

Anyone have any similar tales of heartbreak?

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Maybe there's some truth in the saying You should never meet your heroes
Though, I'm certain another piece to desire will come along, one that might fulfill that anticipation in the flesh. Until then, a Seiko as consolation sounds like a great idea.

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You know, funny enough, I think I've felt that way about every single watch I've purchased.  I mean, you want it for soooooooooooo long, and after the 3 day wait, nothing can live up to the expectations.

But, also funny enough, I've also found that after some time, my excitement for the watch starts to grow again.  This is precisely what happened with the GS White Birch.  Bought it, and within a couple of weeks, was thinking of getting rid of it, and now 9 months later, I really can't imagine parting with it.

Also, also funny enough, this is precisely what I think my wife went through when she finally agreed to marry me.  Took 16 years of me stalking...  er...  being persistent, and she finally said "yes."  And, right away, I think this summed up her feelings on the whole being married to me thing...

Bored tonight GIFs - Get the best gif on GIFER

[Me = Dwight, her = Jim]

But, after 12 years of marriage, I think she's gone from unhappy to just bored now, which is a marked improvement!

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Part of our masochism is the amount of time we spend researching, watching videos, etc. It is hard to live up to the expectations in our head.

I love this watch on paper and really want to support Fears, but simply haven’t pulled the trigger.

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Yes…I know how exactly how you feel sadly…😔 

once The hunt is over it feels empty… you look at your collection and when you feel contentment it’s just feels boring…

I was talking to my wife about it yesterday on the way home from Costco…

Me: finding and feeling content or full just felt so boring, I’m dont feel excited or wanna learn more about something it’s just feels blah?!

wife: what did you say?!!

oh well 🥲😟

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Love the cushion case, but the lugs look awfully straight!

Internet watch shopping is like internet dating, full of disappointment in the flesh 😅

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Just talked about this in this thread. 

There's that element of wonder and anticipation that the imagination can overwhelm us with that reality can seem so dramatically dull upon arrival.

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i think this one doesnt look right sitting on your wrist because of the big size. the shape case remind me of panerai watch. it look nice but when you put it on your wrist it doesnt sit right because you and me have a tiny wrist. but this one will suit you better in my opinion

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Olivier

Maybe there's some truth in the saying You should never meet your heroes
Though, I'm certain another piece to desire will come along, one that might fulfill that anticipation in the flesh. Until then, a Seiko as consolation sounds like a great idea.

It's certainly taught me that spending more won't give any more satisfaction. The Fears costs about £3.5k. I've got several watches that cost <£100 that give me a better feeling on the wrist than this did. I guess.... that's a good thing? 😆

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HotWatchChick69

You know, funny enough, I think I've felt that way about every single watch I've purchased.  I mean, you want it for soooooooooooo long, and after the 3 day wait, nothing can live up to the expectations.

But, also funny enough, I've also found that after some time, my excitement for the watch starts to grow again.  This is precisely what happened with the GS White Birch.  Bought it, and within a couple of weeks, was thinking of getting rid of it, and now 9 months later, I really can't imagine parting with it.

Also, also funny enough, this is precisely what I think my wife went through when she finally agreed to marry me.  Took 16 years of me stalking...  er...  being persistent, and she finally said "yes."  And, right away, I think this summed up her feelings on the whole being married to me thing...

Bored tonight GIFs - Get the best gif on GIFER

[Me = Dwight, her = Jim]

But, after 12 years of marriage, I think she's gone from unhappy to just bored now, which is a marked improvement!

So what's my takeaway from this babes?

Buy it and hope my crushing disappointment turns into mild resentment? 

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AllTheWatches

Part of our masochism is the amount of time we spend researching, watching videos, etc. It is hard to live up to the expectations in our head.

I love this watch on paper and really want to support Fears, but simply haven’t pulled the trigger.

Like you I really like the ethos behind Fears and really really wanted to love this little known watch. The only other time I've had this feeling is with the Alsta Nautoscaph reissue. Again, I was convinced this watch was made for me but it just didn't spark joy on the wrist.

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I used to be a big researcher before pulling the trigger, but other than the Fears I have been more spontaneous with my watch buying recently, and that certainly has its advantages.

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Ichibunz

Yes…I know how exactly how you feel sadly…😔 

once The hunt is over it feels empty… you look at your collection and when you feel contentment it’s just feels boring…

I was talking to my wife about it yesterday on the way home from Costco…

Me: finding and feeling content or full just felt so boring, I’m dont feel excited or wanna learn more about something it’s just feels blah?!

wife: what did you say?!!

oh well 🥲😟

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Maybe I don't WANT to find the perfect watch. Where's the fun in that? 

Thrill of the hunt is where it's at. 

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Deeperblue

It's certainly taught me that spending more won't give any more satisfaction. The Fears costs about £3.5k. I've got several watches that cost <£100 that give me a better feeling on the wrist than this did. I guess.... that's a good thing? 😆

This sounds like a huge upside despite the hurt. Also, it’s a great reminder that trying a watch on can be very important – especially when spending a lot. Here’s to you bouncing back quickly and off on a new chase! <3

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I had the same issue with this nomos. I bought it sight unseen. I wanted to love it- the clean German design, the blue dial, the thinness of the case... 

But in the end it didn't speak to me so I had to let it go. Luckily, you tried the Fears on before you bought it, unlike me! 

In the end, a watch is an extention of the person wearing it, and it needs to resonate with them. Good luck on your next watch crush! 

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TheSharperTheBetter

Just talked about this in this thread. 

There's that element of wonder and anticipation that the imagination can overwhelm us with that reality can seem so dramatically dull upon arrival.

Can't get your link to take me anywhere 😟

But yes, I agree. I think the long period of anticipation didn't help in my scenario. But that's not the same for everyone, surely? Surely there are people who are living the dream with the grail they have lusted after? 🫤 I hope so.