Hear me out: affordable watches are more fun

Please excuse the potentially hot take; no matter your tax bracket, I think “affordable” watches (under $1,000) are more fun than super expensive luxury pieces for a few reasons.

First is the simple fact that luxury watches costing thousands of dollars will never be justifiable for many of us. Not that we’ll never have the means—and aspirations are always healthy—but just that that kind of expense won’t make sense given the other things one could do with the money. You could invest, give gifts, donate to charity, or anything else. Indeed, using $1,000 as the “affordability” threshold could be seen as crazy in itself. For some, an affordable watch is a $10 Casio (and that’s great)! And of course I’m not making any moral claims about spending lots of money on oneself for watches—I certainly do that lol.

Second, it’s easier to really WEAR a watch that isn’t the price of a new car. Got a scratch on your $150 diver? No worries! Scuffed your $50 G-Shock? Awesome! Not to say folks always have trouble wearing luxury pieces (I’ve witnessed people wearing Submariners as daily beaters), but we’ve all seen the “I just got a scratch on my Daytona bracelet clasp, what do I do?” posts. Not to mention servicing costs! Also, wearing watches as they were meant to be worn helps build bonds with the watches we love, and we can use them to collect memories.

Third, collecting in the affordable realm simply allows one to buy more watches. I’m sure many of us have realized that the joy of watches comes not only from ownership and wearing what’s in our current collection, but also from discovering new brands and pieces, and then eventually pulling the trigger on the next exciting interest. The excitement of waiting for a new watch to arrive in the mail is one of the best parts about the hobby! Affordable watches help us experience that joy more frequently.

Fourth and finally, pursuing affordable watches allows one to develop tastes and preferences based on experience. When I first got into collecting, I thought I loved the look and feel of chunky dive watches. It wasn’t until I owned and wore a few that I realized I actually preferred lighter, smaller watches for the most part. Luckily that realization only cost me the price of two or three Orient and Seiko watches—had I sprung straight for a 43mm Omega Planet Ocean, my mistake would have been much more costly.

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I love my affordable collection for many of the same reasons. When I dropped the stacks required for my Santos, I had to tell myself that I was buying it to “live with.” Meaning that if I wanted to drop the coin, I needed to be okay with the scratches and scuffs. Particularly with the Santos and the polished bezel.

I have come to terms and now love my “lived” Santos. 💕

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TheyCallMeT

I love my affordable collection for many of the same reasons. When I dropped the stacks required for my Santos, I had to tell myself that I was buying it to “live with.” Meaning that if I wanted to drop the coin, I needed to be okay with the scratches and scuffs. Particularly with the Santos and the polished bezel.

I have come to terms and now love my “lived” Santos. 💕

That’s a great approach!

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I can't justify spending even close to a grand for a watch. If I had a Rolex, it wouldn't leave the safety deposit box. 😁 I enjoy all my watches, especially the Seiko mods I've made. It's extremely rewarding to wear a watch I've assembled myself. That's an intangible value.

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I agree with everything you wrote. 👍

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Totaly agree.

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I mostly agree. There’s a lot of fun to be had in budget watches.

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Because of Watchcrunch, I have gone back to Vintage watches . You will find if lucky to find Genta designed Vintage Omegas, King Seikos and GS for less than 1,000USD. But as always , buyer beware. Sometimes it's too good to be true to find them. But you can find them

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I got this one on my 14th birthday it opened my eyes to a whole new world 😁& now i collect all sorts of times pieces some $$$ and some $ point is some cheap watches bring joy period

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fredcrook

I can't justify spending even close to a grand for a watch. If I had a Rolex, it wouldn't leave the safety deposit box. 😁 I enjoy all my watches, especially the Seiko mods I've made. It's extremely rewarding to wear a watch I've assembled myself. That's an intangible value.

Absolutely! Totally missed the modding aspect of it—so much fun and massive added value

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I agree

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