Hello from a total newbie !

Hello everyone,

i just joined this forum and I'm quite interested in it !

I'm a total newbie in watches but I'm looking forward to purchase one and to acquire knowledge about them. Any advices ?

Thank you all ❤️

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Biggest advice for a complete novice is try on a bunch before buying if you can. 

A lot of times, a watch going on the wrist will be a bit like the wand choosing the wizard scene from Harry Potter (an homage to Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone), so be patient. 

You are going to make "mistakes", but it's all part of the process of learning about watches.

If you get into a collecting mindframe, have a theme or a reason behind the collection. 

This is a forum, so questions are expected & encouraged. The question you are "brave" enough to ask, may help untold others with the same one. 

Welcome to the Crunch & MTFBWY!

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Also relatively new to this hobby so if anyone on this forum gives you advice that conflicts with mine I’d go with them. After saying that one thing I’d point out is if you’re a overwhelmed buy the sheer number of watches my experience is that (and this is me generalizing hugely) the big Japanese brands, Seiko, Citizen, Orient, Casio, tend to be more competively priced than the big Swiss ones 

Also I’d agree completely with @UnholiestJedi that start by trying out a few watches first to learn what works best for you and when you know that maybe check out some of the more reputable microbrands which also give you good bang for your buck. 
Good luck. 👍 

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Go with what you like! You'll learn as you go. Don't let the watch police guys deter you from a quartz watch you may like. There are very nice quartz pieces out there. 

Before anyone comes after me, yes I love my automatics, but I am referring to those guys. You know who. 

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Hello! 

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Advice:

  • Don't get caught up in the hype
  • Buy what you like
  • Be careful where you buy
  • Watch, read and absorb all sorts of great content
  • Most people don't understand our hobby and will question your sanity. Heck I question my own all time😂
  • Watches like to eat your $ ( https://www.watchcrunch.com/KevinK/posts/how-often-do-you-buy-a-watch-how-often-do-you-wish-you-would-buy-a-watch-10101)
  • and Welcome to WatchCrunch! 

Don't forget to go to these pages:

https://www.watchcrunch.com/11SWM11/posts/what-s-everyone-do-for-a-living-9332

https://www.watchcrunch.com/TheWatchMission/posts/where-is-everyone-from-6309

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11SWM11
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Advice:

  • Don't get caught up in the hype
  • Buy what you like
  • Be careful where you buy
  • Watch, read and absorb all sorts of great content
  • Most people don't understand our hobby and will question your sanity. Heck I question my own all time😂
  • Watches like to eat your $ ( https://www.watchcrunch.com/KevinK/posts/how-often-do-you-buy-a-watch-how-often-do-you-wish-you-would-buy-a-watch-10101)
  • and Welcome to WatchCrunch! 

Don't forget to go to these pages:

https://www.watchcrunch.com/11SWM11/posts/what-s-everyone-do-for-a-living-9332

https://www.watchcrunch.com/TheWatchMission/posts/where-is-everyone-from-6309

Thank you for that kind answer sir.

Will do my best to learn I promise !❤️

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Welcome!

Which watches (genres, eras, brands, complications, what have you…) have caught your attention so far?

There is lots of great advice above. I’ll add the following… 

Take your time. There can be a lot of signals to act quickly, but it’s not necessary. If you are going to follow the advice of trying on a lot of watches (and I think that is splendid advice for figuring out what you like on your wrist), it’s going to take time. Learning about all the possibilities will take time. Considering your priorities will take time. Your taste and preferences will change over time. There is likely going to be a market correction (seems to be happening already in some areas), so time is on your side. Of course, your budget might also dictate how impulsive you might or might not be. Also, keep in mind that the person writing this comment took a year to get a watch and still only has one (spent under $200). 

You don’t have to justify your taste to anyone but yourself. All watches are real watches. Any watch is a good fit for anyone who can afford it. Any watch is a “grown-up watch” if the owner wants it to be.

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roberto

Welcome!

Which watches (genres, eras, brands, complications, what have you…) have caught your attention so far?

There is lots of great advice above. I’ll add the following… 

Take your time. There can be a lot of signals to act quickly, but it’s not necessary. If you are going to follow the advice of trying on a lot of watches (and I think that is splendid advice for figuring out what you like on your wrist), it’s going to take time. Learning about all the possibilities will take time. Considering your priorities will take time. Your taste and preferences will change over time. There is likely going to be a market correction (seems to be happening already in some areas), so time is on your side. Of course, your budget might also dictate how impulsive you might or might not be. Also, keep in mind that the person writing this comment took a year to get a watch and still only has one (spent under $200). 

You don’t have to justify your taste to anyone but yourself. All watches are real watches. Any watch is a good fit for anyone who can afford it. Any watch is a “grown-up watch” if the owner wants it to be.

Hello Roberto,

Thank you for your kind words. As a total newbie, i don't really know a lot of brands and terms refering to watches (i'm reading about it right know !). But i think I like the vintage look of watches like the Orient Bambino gen 4 or some of classic leather wrist Tissot. 

I will certainly take my time and follow your advices on the beginning of this beautiful journey. My apologies for my bad english and thank you again for your wise words. ❤️

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Edouard

Hello Roberto,

Thank you for your kind words. As a total newbie, i don't really know a lot of brands and terms refering to watches (i'm reading about it right know !). But i think I like the vintage look of watches like the Orient Bambino gen 4 or some of classic leather wrist Tissot. 

I will certainly take my time and follow your advices on the beginning of this beautiful journey. My apologies for my bad english and thank you again for your wise words. ❤️

No apologies! Your English is great. 

I started reading about watches in April 2021 and at times it felt impenetrable. But there is a lovely thing about accretion of knowledge and one day you wake up and realize you know quite a lot about the same thing that once had you lost. Meanwhile there is so much fun to be had if you like that sort of meandering reading, and there is no real end to it either unless you decide you’ve had enough. The journey is the destination. Enjoy!