How tastes change....

Been thinking lately about how my taste in watches has changed since I got into the hobby (or caught the illness). When I started I loved watches with lots of complications like chronographs etc then over time I went through the dive watch period and I still do like dive watches then I got into Swiss automatic watches and lusted after all the latest models. But now, I've fallen out of love of Swiss watches mainly because most of the ones I bought were uncomfortable on my wrist due to case design and being big,I've also fallen out of love with automatics I just find when you have a few its a pain in the ass having to set them when you want to wear them and as for accuracy most are pretty bad compared to quartz (still love my fortis marinemaster and have got it to +3 seconds a day so happy with that 馃憤) I find now I don't even look at new watches anymore and tend to search for retro or vintage japanese watches mainly 70's and 80's and usually quartz, i just find they fit me better being smaller,have some lovely cases and dials and don't cost a small fortune (at the moment). Just find it funny over the last 20 years my taste in watches has change so much and at this point I'd rather grab my king seiko quartz to wear rather than a modern Swiss automatic costing thousands..

So I'm now in a happy place with my collecting and it don't cost me a fortune, take my new arrival a 83 citizen quartz cost less than 100 pounds with a stunning textured blue dial馃憤馃挜馃挴馃憡

Is this the norm or am I just weird 馃ぃ

I wouldn鈥檛 say it鈥檚 the norm, but you鈥檙e not weird! I still appreciate my auto and wear it almost everyday, but I also love my 34mm citizen CQ quartz from the early 90s. It鈥檚 two tone and has a textured grey dial, so isn鈥檛 really my everyday style, but still like it!聽
who knows, maybe I鈥檒l give up on autos in the future

Springdale

I wouldn鈥檛 say it鈥檚 the norm, but you鈥檙e not weird! I still appreciate my auto and wear it almost everyday, but I also love my 34mm citizen CQ quartz from the early 90s. It鈥檚 two tone and has a textured grey dial, so isn鈥檛 really my everyday style, but still like it!聽
who knows, maybe I鈥檒l give up on autos in the future

Know what your saying, still like most watches just starting to prefer retro/vintage japanese watches.theirs some stunning looking ones and tended to be overbought back then so should last for years 馃憤

Metalguru68

Know what your saying, still like most watches just starting to prefer retro/vintage japanese watches.theirs some stunning looking ones and tended to be overbought back then so should last for years 馃憤

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Yeah, this one is almost 30 years old And is still ticking along. The seconds hand hits every marker dead on too. the dial textures on these CQs are really cool - I especially like the color of yours and it seems like it鈥檚 in good shape. Thanks for sharing!聽

Springdale
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Yeah, this one is almost 30 years old And is still ticking along. The seconds hand hits every marker dead on too. the dial textures on these CQs are really cool - I especially like the color of yours and it seems like it鈥檚 in good shape. Thanks for sharing!聽

Thats lovely mate, yeh all my older vintage quartz seconds hand hits every marker too,seems modern quartz watches struggle to do this lol, make sure you keep that one and enjoy it 馃憤

I am loving 70's watches at the moment too since it seemed a really fun period of experimentation in watch pdesign. I especially love Seikos and they are cheap as chips too 馃憣

Deeperblue

I am loving 70's watches at the moment too since it seemed a really fun period of experimentation in watch pdesign. I especially love Seikos and they are cheap as chips too 馃憣

Yeh agree totally with that, and they were so well made too. Let's just hope they stay cheap and don't get too popular 馃槈馃憤

Not weird at all - it鈥檚 just where you are on your watch journey. You like what you like - it鈥檚 as simple as that. Hope you get to enjoy your watches in the best of health!

Sounds normal to me.馃憤

When I started I said to myself I would never buy quartz, only buy high-end vintage, and avoided what I considered to be common brands like Hamilton, Seiko and Casio. I did not rate field watches. I said I didn鈥檛 need a Rolex. I also wanted a small-ish collection and to avoid going overboard. I also vowed never to buy a Swatch. There is no reason for this either, just wishful thinking and snobbery.

Most of that has completely gone out the window. The collection is around 60 in total. I scratched the Rolex itch that just randomly occurred about 10 years in. I have 11 quartz Tags from 85 - 06, around 8 Casio watches, and so many field watches (which are quartz and one is a Hamilton) I seem to be a hypocrite. I think I even have 3 Swatches (2 for definite). Whilst I still maintain a collection with a majority of vintage watches interspersed with some modern pieces, there is still no Seiko. I did bid on a salmon dial LordMatic the other day, and was sniped in the dying second, so it may be sooner than I think for a Seiko to finally make it鈥檚 way into the box(es).

I can relate. When I started out I thought I should have a collection of the 'icons' - Rolex dive watch, Speedie Pro, JLC Reverso, Tag Monaco, Tudor Snowflake, etc, etc. As I became more knowledgable and tried more - ok, a LOT - of watches my tastes changed a lot. 聽I had to sell my watches years ago due to personal circumstances, now I have a few watches again, but I don't want the same watches that 99% of everybody else has. I get so bored of Subs, OPs, Speedies, Black Bays - those 'icons' are actually just a uniform... I take my time now, I think about what a watch really looks like, does it suit me, does it fit my lifestyle, would I enjoy it fully (as opposed to looking at it)? So now I want G-Schocks, Citizens, and maybe some obscure high-end hand-made and low-end mass-produced rarities.

WIll it look good with sneakers and jeans???

Chunghauphoto

Not weird at all - it鈥檚 just where you are on your watch journey. You like what you like - it鈥檚 as simple as that. Hope you get to enjoy your watches in the best of health!

Yeh and its the cheaper part of the journey,bonus 馃憤

jason_recliner

I can relate. When I started out I thought I should have a collection of the 'icons' - Rolex dive watch, Speedie Pro, JLC Reverso, Tag Monaco, Tudor Snowflake, etc, etc. As I became more knowledgable and tried more - ok, a LOT - of watches my tastes changed a lot. 聽I had to sell my watches years ago due to personal circumstances, now I have a few watches again, but I don't want the same watches that 99% of everybody else has. I get so bored of Subs, OPs, Speedies, Black Bays - those 'icons' are actually just a uniform... I take my time now, I think about what a watch really looks like, does it suit me, does it fit my lifestyle, would I enjoy it fully (as opposed to looking at it)? So now I want G-Schocks, Citizens, and maybe some obscure high-end hand-made and low-end mass-produced rarities.

WIll it look good with sneakers and jeans???

Can def relate to that, I buy what I like and what grabs my attention. I have zero interest in Rolex and other high end watch makers these days and enjoy hunting out retro and vintage japanese watches and usually quartz, the only grail watch I want now once I find the right one is a king seiko high beat from the seventies. 馃憤

chronotriggered

When I started I said to myself I would never buy quartz, only buy high-end vintage, and avoided what I considered to be common brands like Hamilton, Seiko and Casio. I did not rate field watches. I said I didn鈥檛 need a Rolex. I also wanted a small-ish collection and to avoid going overboard. I also vowed never to buy a Swatch. There is no reason for this either, just wishful thinking and snobbery.

Most of that has completely gone out the window. The collection is around 60 in total. I scratched the Rolex itch that just randomly occurred about 10 years in. I have 11 quartz Tags from 85 - 06, around 8 Casio watches, and so many field watches (which are quartz and one is a Hamilton) I seem to be a hypocrite. I think I even have 3 Swatches (2 for definite). Whilst I still maintain a collection with a majority of vintage watches interspersed with some modern pieces, there is still no Seiko. I did bid on a salmon dial LordMatic the other day, and was sniped in the dying second, so it may be sooner than I think for a Seiko to finally make it鈥檚 way into the box(es).

Salmon dial lordmatic oooooh that would of been very nice, king seiko high beat is next on my list.with 60 watches its about time you got a seiko can def recommend king seiko quartz from 70's if your after a vintage for not silly money 馃憤

Metalguru68

Can def relate to that, I buy what I like and what grabs my attention. I have zero interest in Rolex and other high end watch makers these days and enjoy hunting out retro and vintage japanese watches and usually quartz, the only grail watch I want now once I find the right one is a king seiko high beat from the seventies. 馃憤

I have one of those somewhere. At least I had one. I have a terrible feeling some removalists stole it. One of the truly perfect watches.

jason_recliner

I have one of those somewhere. At least I had one. I have a terrible feeling some removalists stole it. One of the truly perfect watches.

Yeh fantastic watches, thats a shame if some toe rag nicked it 馃槳