Wait for perfection or settle? (at $1500 USD equivalent)

I think everyone has been here. You see a new model watch and think, it's fantastic so close to perfection, but a minor detail puts you off. Let's imagine the case, size, dimensions, bracelet, movement are perfect (for you, better than it's rival). There's only a minor detail on the dial, the fly in the ointment. Eg. The seconds hand color not right, the small seconds dial a bit small/big, hands too long/short, the lume falls flat, the chapter ring too feint/thick/it has one, the logo to large/small, the font not period correct,... etc. A minor thing that you could envisage/hope they change in future. For me, I find several Farer watches appealing, but the colors on the handset, put me off. Any watch you can think of where miniscule dial detail stopped you pushing the button? Or maybe a watch you've bought and lived through that, and made peace with that detail. Price always a factor. To ground this question in some reality, a new watch equivalent to $1250-$1500 USD (with little secondary re-sale value). Would you wait for perfection or settle?
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Wow, I鈥檝e never seen a 馃挴 % poll before!

If the hands is the only thing you dislike, you could ask the brand if they can use a handset from another model/colorway, especially smaller brands. And if not, you can buy a pair of hands somewhere else and fit them yourself or ask a watchmaker. :)

I would chose option E

[E] wait a few weeks after a new watch comes out. If it is till as compelling, pull the trigger.

Never buy an expensive watch spontaneously, because it has such big impact on the personal finances.

In my experience a 'perfect' watch is so rare it might as well be rocking horse poo.

Whether it's a date window, the dimensions or another thing, there's always something on the 'cons' side of the ledger and it's mostly an excerise in what imperfections you can live with.

Hodonkee

In my experience a 'perfect' watch is so rare it might as well be rocking horse poo.

Whether it's a date window, the dimensions or another thing, there's always something on the 'cons' side of the ledger and it's mostly an excerise in what imperfections you can live with.

Disagree. I know of many perfect watches. If only they were available in 38mm 馃槈

Gabrielhornsten

If the hands is the only thing you dislike, you could ask the brand if they can use a handset from another model/colorway, especially smaller brands. And if not, you can buy a pair of hands somewhere else and fit them yourself or ask a watchmaker. :)

I would chose option E

[E] wait a few weeks after a new watch comes out. If it is till as compelling, pull the trigger.

Never buy an expensive watch spontaneously, because it has such big impact on the personal finances.

They may make adjustments if haute horology or a work shop microbrand. Farer would have ordered 100s units from a supplier, I doubt they'd make individual adjustments (beyond external engraving). Of course agree, with your option E, "Act in haste, repent at leisure".

While I chose A, I would like to add: "With a discount".

WatchMagpie

They may make adjustments if haute horology or a work shop microbrand. Farer would have ordered 100s units from a supplier, I doubt they'd make individual adjustments (beyond external engraving). Of course agree, with your option E, "Act in haste, repent at leisure".

Yea I know that its not very probable, but It can be worth a try! An email doesn鈥檛 take long to write :D

Hans01

While I chose A, I would like to add: "With a discount".

You are right! But I think we'd choose "with discount" if A, B, or C 馃ぃ.

WatchMagpie

You are right! But I think we'd choose "with discount" if A, B, or C 馃ぃ.

That is true, yes. The best watch is made better, with a discount.

I'd buy used, try it out to see if I can live with it, if i can great, nothing perfect, love the one you're with

If it keeps bothering me after a few months of ownership, flip it at a small loss

The reason why to buy used is to minimize flipping losses, I never buy watches new period end sentence, let someone else take the hit of the depreciation driving the car off the lot. If you can't find it used, well there's your answer, wasn't meant to be - but waiting for something used to show up on eBay / sales forums is the thrill of the hunt/half the fun