What watch disappointed you?

What watch did you want for so long, maybe even saved for, and then after buying it, you were like meh this is pretty disappointing 

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300m. Not really it’s fault but a lesson in “buy a watch that fits you” - just too big.

Don‘t let that put anyone off with bigger wrists. Great quality watch.

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Justingalore

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m. Not really it’s fault but a lesson in “buy a watch that fits you” - just too big.

Don‘t let that put anyone off with bigger wrists. Great quality watch.

Add to this the PRX 40mm. I so want to love it but it’s too big. The 35mm much better but needs a nicer dial like its bigger brother.

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Justingalore

Add to this the PRX 40mm. I so want to love it but it’s too big. The 35mm much better but needs a nicer dial like its bigger brother.

Can’t wait for a 35/37mm automatic PRX, hopefully we saw a release in 2023

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A watch that disappointed me but fortunately I didn't end up buying it...

 After lusting after it and saving for so long, seeing the Zenith Defy Classic Skeleton in person.. The feelings were 😐

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I wouldn't say "lusting", but enough of the GS fanboys on The Crunch had built my expectations up to impossible to deliver proportions with their reverent odes to the various GS references.

So, I figured I really needed to dip my toes into that pond...now I'm going to take some heat from the GS fanclub, but I have to say...it kinda let me down.

I wouldn't say "meh", but the advertising of the dial looked much more spectacular in the ads then it did when I unboxed it. However, if you find some outdoor bright light and get the watch turned in just right way...boom! The dial is amazing. But most of us aren't living or working in those kind of lighting conditions, and the green dial kinda looks black in normal indoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting...pretty darn awesome...

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Indoor lighting...kinda meh...

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Am I keeping the watch...yes...come on look at that dial...I just have to find a way to be outside when I am wearing it.

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I wear my watch on the right arm so when the GMT lefty came out I was made up ,but after trying it on I just didn't bond with it ,that's life 

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Seiko FlightPooper. 

Destroyed itself within a couple months. A common issue with the pushers. 

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In my case, there are quite a few, fortunately all cheap watches.

  • the Parnis PA6086; this is a VC homage (not a clone); it is with its 42mm dial rather large for a dress watch, and the dial looked rather flat in the metal
  • the Parnis PA6073; this is a Panerai homage, and design-wise they had done something original and interesting to the dial, but feature-wise it lacked loom - which this style of watch requires, and which in some way makes this feel more of a fraud than a full on replica with all the marbles would
  • the Lobinni 16001; at first glance it looks gorgeous (not only in the catalogue), but soon you realise that the dial is overcrowded even by calendar watch standards, and in gloomy light readability is compromised
  • the North Edge Evoque; a digital solar powered watch with all the functions the heart desires; too large though just about still wearable, but ugly AF and the most lacklustre analogue display imaginable
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This probably won’t make me many friends. But I was really excited for the Pelagos 39. Then I was offered one and to be honest all the stuff I liked about the original one wasn’t there. It didn’t feel Pelagos-y enough. 

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Justingalore

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m. Not really it’s fault but a lesson in “buy a watch that fits you” - just too big.

Don‘t let that put anyone off with bigger wrists. Great quality watch.

Haha I recently "learned" that wrist size is the wrong way to evaluate whether a watch fits.

A while ago I was in a Blancpain boutique and had a look at a 40mm Villeret. Very nice watch but "big for my wrist size" I said. The sales was prepared, said "wrist size doesn't matter because it needs to fit your frame. For most average sized human beings watches cannot be too big."

I guess that's actually quite accurate if you buy watches for others to see (I don't) and probably works as a sales pitch/tactic on most people. I just found it a bit odd to hear from a guy selling what are supposed to be elegant complicated dress watches 😅 wrong department...

That said, in the case of the SMP300 the angle at which the bracelet attaches indicates to me that this watch is too big no matter whether you're a the size of a toddler or a giant sequoia. It looks a little awkward.

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Tissot Mens PRC 200 Chronograph 316L Stainless Steel case Swiss Quartz Watch in blue. 

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ChronoGuy

I wouldn't say "lusting", but enough of the GS fanboys on The Crunch had built my expectations up to impossible to deliver proportions with their reverent odes to the various GS references.

So, I figured I really needed to dip my toes into that pond...now I'm going to take some heat from the GS fanclub, but I have to say...it kinda let me down.

I wouldn't say "meh", but the advertising of the dial looked much more spectacular in the ads then it did when I unboxed it. However, if you find some outdoor bright light and get the watch turned in just right way...boom! The dial is amazing. But most of us aren't living or working in those kind of lighting conditions, and the green dial kinda looks black in normal indoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting...pretty darn awesome...

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Indoor lighting...kinda meh...

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Am I keeping the watch...yes...come on look at that dial...I just have to find a way to be outside when I am wearing it.

I think GS make some very nice dials with patterns but to me it was never the thing that really made them stand out, as you say it depends on the light whether you see it at all.

But there is something about the hands, indices, logo and printing that (to me) appears so much clearer than on virtually all other watches ... GS seem like they pressed that button for bold typeface when they make the watch face and yet nothing seems unrefined. Just look how thick those hands are, most others that I own appear 2d, as if pressed from sheet metal, by comparison. 

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MegaBob

Haha I recently "learned" that wrist size is the wrong way to evaluate whether a watch fits.

A while ago I was in a Blancpain boutique and had a look at a 40mm Villeret. Very nice watch but "big for my wrist size" I said. The sales was prepared, said "wrist size doesn't matter because it needs to fit your frame. For most average sized human beings watches cannot be too big."

I guess that's actually quite accurate if you buy watches for others to see (I don't) and probably works as a sales pitch/tactic on most people. I just found it a bit odd to hear from a guy selling what are supposed to be elegant complicated dress watches 😅 wrong department...

That said, in the case of the SMP300 the angle at which the bracelet attaches indicates to me that this watch is too big no matter whether you're a the size of a toddler or a giant sequoia. It looks a little awkward.

The bracelet doesn’t help for sure. For that reason I put mine on rubber. I was getting away with it - but a 36 just feels so much better - like a good fitting suit.

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I hope I don't get burnt at the stake for this, but Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch. I do like the history and the look of the watch. It was just so big and heavy for me. For the money I bought it for, I got such a good price to resell it, that I was able to procure a couple of other pieces for the money. I still miss having it in my collection, but I just don't miss wearing it.

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Justingalore

The bracelet doesn’t help for sure. For that reason I put mine on rubber. I was getting away with it - but a 36 just feels so much better - like a good fitting suit.

I've never been too worried about sizes. I don't think there is a size that looks "right" from all angles and perspectives (that's true for suits as well, you pants are short when you sit). 

A watch, unlike suits which are seen by othes from a certain distance while you stand for the most part, you can't size a watch to look right top down when you view it and to the outside world. Anatomy makes the wrist diameter increase quite a bit when twisting the arm, like sitting down but perhaps even more extreme and more importantly visible to the outside more often than not. 

I would also say that, just like with most clothing, size is determined by looks and not comfort because a watch will look wrong MUCH sooner than it will feel wrong (=uncomfortable wearing) assuming the strap fits... at least that's what physics would suggest to me.

As such one has to decide what "look" is desired, or "visually comfortable", and find a middle ground between the top down fish eye view and outward appearance. I'd say most 36mm watches do indeed look almost too small in a mirror even on myself and my wrist is small with hands even smaller. 

With a suit there is one dominant perspective that needs to look good, with watches more, so I wouldn't compare it to suits meaning there is a considerably stronger and more relevant subjective component in the form of an importance weighting regarding what matters, ie how do I see it or how do others see it.