Have you every changed your mind about owning a "HYPE" watch?

Ok, so for me, I've dismissed owning 99% of watches which I believed to be over-hyped when they are announced. Case and point, back in 2018 I recall that Rolex and Tudor made similar press-releases for new GMT models at Baselworld (remember that watch conference in Basel Switzerland?). The Rolex was really just a re-issue of their Pepsi GMT-Master II in stainless steel on a jubilee bracelet; while Tudor would be releasing a very similar Pepsi GMT with some strong vintage vibes.

Because the Tudor GMT was "hyped" as the Rolex GMT you could actually get/afford and it also had reports of date-wheel issues, I never really considered adding it to my collection. However, I've recently come to own this very watch and it started to change my mind on owning a "hype" watch. That got me wondering if this has every happened with you guys? 

Some positive elements to this Tudor GMT is that they have appeared to correct the date-wheel issue, it's very photogenic with the Pepsi aluminum bezel insert, and I love me some Snowflake hands! Please post down below if you've been in a position where you've changed your mind about owning a watch that turned you off at first.

A YouTube video on my channel will follow :)

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we are similar in that I waited mainly due to the date issue & size complaints. I've been keeping updated on the date resolution recently and was back on my radar. 

I also just had my first opportunity to try one on and was immediately relived of any size issues...I know it's tough for a lot to try watches on before you buy (no tudor or any AD in my small town) but it does help if/when you can.

Looking forward to your video review. If all goes well this most likely will be my next purchase when I'm able to jump back in. 

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Not over-hyped, but I’ve definitely changed my mind regarding watches I previously considered over-rated. Specifically the Cartier Tank. I never disliked them, but always used to dismiss them as boring. Then, one day, I saw a Tank and was like “oh okay I get it now.” And now I lust for one. 😂

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OlDirtyBezel

Not over-hyped, but I’ve definitely changed my mind regarding watches I previously considered over-rated. Specifically the Cartier Tank. I never disliked them, but always used to dismiss them as boring. Then, one day, I saw a Tank and was like “oh okay I get it now.” And now I lust for one. 😂

Same. I knew the significance of the Tank but it just never appealed to me. Now that my wife has one and I've held it, I get it. Now I want one as well. 

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I normally don't go after a hyped watch, primarily because of inflated prices. That said, I did lust over the Hamilton Pan-Europ when it was re-issued/re-introduced. My wife bought it for me as a gift. I never tried it on prior, but I loved the look. Once on the wrist, it wears pretty largely considering my small wrists. I don't hate it, obviously, but it is at its max of what I can pull off size-wise. 

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VegasDancer

we are similar in that I waited mainly due to the date issue & size complaints. I've been keeping updated on the date resolution recently and was back on my radar. 

I also just had my first opportunity to try one on and was immediately relived of any size issues...I know it's tough for a lot to try watches on before you buy (no tudor or any AD in my small town) but it does help if/when you can.

Looking forward to your video review. If all goes well this most likely will be my next purchase when I'm able to jump back in. 

Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you got to try a Tudor GMT on at the AD👍

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Girard Perregeaux Laureato. Always thought it was another Royal Oak/Nautilus rip of….until I tried it on.

So comfortable and it is such an elegant/clean design. 

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Fell in love the moment I saw one in person. The matte black dial mesmerizes me..

I like trying to take pictures of it but not so good yet…

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I have lots of examples where a watch was initially hyped and I liked it but wasn't willing to pay the crazy prices for it. So I played the waiting game and inevitably the hype died down and the watches became available at a steep discount. E.g.

Q Timex

Timex Marlin 34mm hand wind (now well under $100, I now have the silver and black dials in stainless steel and the champagne/rose gold) 

"Casioak" Tried various colours. Went for the red as I only ever wear it with sports clothing and it's the most unique in my view. 

Glycine Airman No. 1. Maybe not hyped as such but pricey on release and then very steeply discounted. 

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The only downside to hyped watches from my viewpoint is the potential difficulty in obtaining them. I won't bypass a watch simply because its hyped, but I also won't pay a premium because of the hype. 

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When the BB58 first landed, the internet lost its mind! I remember it well. Instagram was full of stunning photos. They were hard to get, with waiting times quoted of 6 months. I was very curious about one, but the hype put me off. I'm quite contrary and I don't like the idea that I might succumb to flex culture. When the BB58 blue came out, and the similar hype started up and I wondered whether the black would be more available. 

I reached out to the local Tudor AD, and tried the BB58 black (which seemed to be available now) and was very impressed. 2 weeks later and my order arrived. It's been 2 years and it still holds its no1 position in the collection - despite the addition of a JLC and an Omega. 

So I would say that hype is fine if you know your own mind and guard against being caught up in an initial rush.

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Tudor FXD.

I really tried hard to not like this watch.  Honest.  I went on Tudor content fasts, avoided popular Tudor forums, refused to watch a single review on Youtube... but eventually fell victim to Jack Forester's article on Hodinkee.  

About a month later I was fortunate enough to find one and it's absolutely spectacular.  I can't wait for the hype to die down...

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scanlan

Tudor FXD.

I really tried hard to not like this watch.  Honest.  I went on Tudor content fasts, avoided popular Tudor forums, refused to watch a single review on Youtube... but eventually fell victim to Jack Forester's article on Hodinkee.  

About a month later I was fortunate enough to find one and it's absolutely spectacular.  I can't wait for the hype to die down...

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...Neither can I - they're like rocking horse poo to get hold of at the moment!

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I can’t single out a particular watch. I have a general problem beeing a slow starter when it comes to watches. It has to grow on me. So no popular special edition for me. They are long gone when I wake up. Or I end up back in a long que. 
In my relation with my BB58, as Richierich describe, I was slow as usual. I didn’t manage to try one on. They where nowhere to be found. But seeing all the photos, the reviews and ”knowing” that the size would be perfect for me I put myself on the list. 6 month later I could pick it up at the AD. So when I saw it in the flesh for the first time I was shocked. It was sooo…..orange! Very quickly my brain was reprogrammed and it’s a favorite ever since.

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Beautiful Tudor GMT, especially on the Uncle Seiko Jubilee. If my wrist could adorn a Tudor GMT I would also go for the jubilee. Also, just subscribed to your channel! Will catch up on some of your content.

Regarding Hype watches, I have fallen into it a bit however for inexpensive models like Hodinkee Swatches. I do think the Tudor GMT did have a hype moment when it was released (I remember seeing it everywhere) however now I think it is a good watch that a lot of people got their hands on. Doesn't seem like there are any supply issues that would add to the hype.

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scanlan

Tudor FXD.

I really tried hard to not like this watch.  Honest.  I went on Tudor content fasts, avoided popular Tudor forums, refused to watch a single review on Youtube... but eventually fell victim to Jack Forester's article on Hodinkee.  

About a month later I was fortunate enough to find one and it's absolutely spectacular.  I can't wait for the hype to die down...

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Awesome pickup! I would love to try out the Tudor FXD in person sometime.