What generation are you from?

I remember this poll going up a while ago but since the membership has grown so much since I've joined, I'm super curious as to the answers. I know we're predominantly male (we should do something about that y'all) and pretty international, but I am realizing that I have no concept of age. Me, I'm 38 with a wife and two young kiddos. I started collecting in earnest at 27. I'm old enough to remember the pre internet age but still process everything in text and have this constant conflict as to the ease of ordering a watch off a website versus the experience of buying something in store. I'm pretty much an elder millennial stereotype. Do you think your age impacted your collecting habits and preferences?

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I’m a Gen-Xer. I’ve never thought about whether or not my age has influenced my collecting, but now I’m curious. 
 

My dad wore a “gold” Seiko tank quartz on an integrated gold band. He was a Yuppy, but a mid-west conservative one. 
 

We were latch key kids told about stranger danger, the war on drugs, and the dangers of the occult tied to our board games. 

Computers were a thing, but not the internet (took a class on how to use it my freshman year in college). We were told that the only jobs available would be in the service industry and that we would be poorer than our parents. 
 

So, do Mechanical trinkets harken back to that simpler time?  I don’t think so. I didn’t even know what a mechanical watch was until a few years ago. Quartz was king!  
 

Maybe the idea that, now in my 40s, I’ve accomplished something akin to “making it“ has put me on this journey?  Me, my wife and kids lived pay check to pay check for over 15 years, and now I have some disposable income. I can’t tie my fascination to these Mechanical wonders to anything in my upbringing. It just seems to be a part of who I am now. 

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I was a 90s kid and now that I think about it my collection has some 90s vibes, especially: 96 bluesy, 94 36 mm blue Tudor sub, and the contemporary but a decidedly 90s watch, the omega SMP 

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cornfedksboy

I’m a Gen-Xer. I’ve never thought about whether or not my age has influenced my collecting, but now I’m curious. 
 

My dad wore a “gold” Seiko tank quartz on an integrated gold band. He was a Yuppy, but a mid-west conservative one. 
 

We were latch key kids told about stranger danger, the war on drugs, and the dangers of the occult tied to our board games. 

Computers were a thing, but not the internet (took a class on how to use it my freshman year in college). We were told that the only jobs available would be in the service industry and that we would be poorer than our parents. 
 

So, do Mechanical trinkets harken back to that simpler time?  I don’t think so. I didn’t even know what a mechanical watch was until a few years ago. Quartz was king!  
 

Maybe the idea that, now in my 40s, I’ve accomplished something akin to “making it“ has put me on this journey?  Me, my wife and kids lived pay check to pay check for over 15 years, and now I have some disposable income. I can’t tie my fascination to these Mechanical wonders to anything in my upbringing. It just seems to be a part of who I am now. 

I totally get where you're coming from and to be clear, I don't think there's a right answer.  The question was more curiosity on my part and involves no small amount of psychobabble and navel gazing 😃

Liking these little mechanical oddities is inherently anachronistic so I don't know that that's an indicator of any preference aside from liking watches in general.

I guess stylistically, I like two tone much more than I thought I would (which I suppose reached its height in the 80s while I was growing up).

My dad wore a solid gold mechanical Datejust that was replaced with a solid gold oysterquartz day date and now (having passed the day date to me) tells time on his phone.

But my preferences are pretty all over the place so it's hard to relate to age.

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CaptainRon

I was a 90s kid and now that I think about it my collection has some 90s vibes, especially: 96 bluesy, 94 36 mm blue Tudor sub, and the contemporary but a decidedly 90s watch, the omega SMP 

What would you consider the character of a 90s watch?  I can picture the 60s, 70s, 80s in my head.  The 90s and Aughts are kinda blank spaces that start again once you get past the 2010 for me

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My collecting grew out of practical prepping and EDC. My watches are purpose built, even if that scenerio rarely presents itself. Legability and practicality are where it’s at, but I also put a lot of value in high quality and high aesthetic appeal.  Also I prefer to be under the radar to the uninitiated. 

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Edge168n

What would you consider the character of a 90s watch?  I can picture the 60s, 70s, 80s in my head.  The 90s and Aughts are kinda blank spaces that start again once you get past the 2010 for me

Two tone gold and steel sports watch. 

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cornfedksboy

Two tone gold and steel sports watch. 

See, to me that's a high 80s thing.  The two tone Santoses, the first five digit two tone Datejusts.

Fascinating how we all remember things.

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Edge168n

See, to me that's a high 80s thing.  The two tone Santoses, the first five digit two tone Datejusts.

Fascinating how we all remember things.

Honestly, Casio calculator watches, and swatches dominated the landscape in the 80s. Seiko divers were a thing, but those were all budget friendly. The early 80s saw all gold watches, and they switched over to the two tones later, but that may have been the 90s. 

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I wish we had more boomers out here. Some of the ones I know have crazy watch collections but they don't care about online communities. 

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Edge168n

What would you consider the character of a 90s watch?  I can picture the 60s, 70s, 80s in my head.  The 90s and Aughts are kinda blank spaces that start again once you get past the 2010 for me

Hard to say - I guess I meant a couple of my watches are from the mid 90s, albeit with more mid century design.  
Also I have a SMP 300 that is associated with the popularization of 90’s 007.

Never really thought about this before… I definitely agree that there can be a sort of stylistic void in the 90s. However, trends do emerge in the design like incorporating aggressively curved lines, non-tapered bracelets, and alternating finishing on the bracelet. Eg: Tag Heuer Link.  Can’t really put my finger on it.

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I’m 41, wife and two young kids. I’ve always liked watches but it was only fashion watches until my mid-30s. I think a higher income triggered me to start learning about more luxury watches then I was in a position to start buying ones I liked.

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I'm definitively a boomer, so I did something those of later generations didn't: I watched the first moon landing of Apollo XI live on TV. Nothing has ever united humanity together like this fateful event, until the accident of Apollo XIII.

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I'm a zoomer according to this poll's definitions, but I've been seeing a lot of people my age (early 20's) who are into mechanical watches. 

It's almost an antithesis to the abundance of perfectly-functioning tech that we encounter nowadays. Laptops and smartphones are in our classes and daily life, and mechanical watches offer a purely romantic interest/outlet in contrast to a society that values statistics and science. Of course, this is through the lens of someone who earned a degree in a very quant-heavy major, so I hope all of you don't see as many numbers-driven degenerates like myself.