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Sep 3, 2006, 04:10 PM
 
How much would you pay for a watch?
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 04:41 PM
 
Depends what watch your looking for.
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Sep 3, 2006, 04:44 PM
 
$ 100 max.

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Sep 3, 2006, 04:54 PM
 
I spent $30 on the watch I've been wearing for the last 4 years. Before that, I had a $60 watch that lasted me about 7 or 8 years.

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Sep 3, 2006, 05:09 PM
 
Depends, as others said, what you are looking for. You can get a decent Timex for under 50 bucks, I believe. The Bulova watch I'm wearing now cost about 200, but is worth every penny to me.
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Sep 3, 2006, 05:15 PM
 
same here--I've got a $250 Bulova watch that has a classic design; I've had it for about four years and am thinking about buying another of the same before it becomes unavailable. I think you have to pay a little more for a nicely designed watch, the lower-priced watches are lacking in that department.
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 06:50 PM
 
my current watch cost £100 ($190) and i've just got a new one for my birthday for the same amount. I reckon thats a pretty good price point for something which looks/is decent quality and stylish.
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 06:52 PM
 
$12
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Sep 3, 2006, 07:18 PM
 
On sale for $25. It's a fairly decent Timex that does its job very well. It has a surprisingly simple design for such an inexpensive watch (black strap, black face, white hands and numbers). Oh, and it's analog, not digital. I got sick of digital watches a year or two ago, and got this one as a replacement.

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Sep 3, 2006, 07:19 PM
 
I recommend Overstock for watches.

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Sep 3, 2006, 07:27 PM
 
For a professional work environment, $200 minimum.

For work at home, $100 maximum.

For an ego trip, $5,000 minimum.

Realizing you don't need one with all of the cell phones, computers, and PDA's with the time on it already - priceless.
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 08:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by alligator
For a professional work environment, $200 minimum.

For work at home, $100 maximum.

For an ego trip, $5,000 minimum.

Realizing you don't need one with all of the cell phones, computers, and PDA's with the time on it already - priceless.
I've been in a professional work environment for 25 years. In that time I've owned three Timex watches that cost $30 max. The one I am wearing now is analog, which I prefer over digital, and is ten years old.

I agree with Theo Cryst.

Oh, by the way, I have never been asked what kind of watch I owned or how much it cost during a job interview. I was almost never late for anything, so I guess what I have owned worked just fine. If you want to pay at least $100 for a watch to wear to work, I'd be glad to sell you the one I am wearing for......., let's say.......$125. Then you can proudly say you spent over $100 for your watch.
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Sep 3, 2006, 08:52 PM
 
Depends.

A nice watch is a great accessory.

A Tag Heuer is really nice and they run about $2K.

On the other hand, my husband has a really nice Citizens. It think it was about $800. It's really nice.

I don't like to see a Rolex on a guy, personally. It's a bit pretentious. And when I see a Rolex on someone and it's not a vintage piece that looks like it was handed down to him and he's wearing so-so clothes and driving a so-so car I think, "Loser. The watch is a fake or he should spend his money more wisely."
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 09:33 PM
 
I stopped wearing a watch about seven years ago. I'm pretty good at guesstimating the time anyway.
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 09:33 PM
 
$19
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 09:52 PM
 
Spend what you can afford.
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 09:56 PM
 
$0.00

Seriously, there are clocks on cell phones, laptops, ipods, and PDA's what do you need another timepiece for?
     
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Sep 3, 2006, 10:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by alligator
Realizing you don't need one with all of the cell phones, computers, and PDA's with the time on it already - priceless.
I wear my watch every single day and I NEVER look at it for the time. I have a Palm PDA, a cell phone and a portable. The watch is just another piece of jewelry to me.
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:05 AM
 

Got a Tag Heuer 6000 series like this one (sadly they don't make this model any loner) from my little brother many years ago and I still love it! I could have never afford to buy it for myself. Amazing watch and it's in excellent condition. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal really saved me a few times when I was careless and banged it on sharp metal objects. Frankly, I'm surprised that after 15 years of use that it's held up so well. My brother paid alot for it, $1400 I think. So boy was I happy when he handed it down to me. When and if this one ever breaks down, I'll save up to get another Tag Heuer. Best watch ever, IMHO.
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:26 AM
 
Originally Posted by C.A.T.S. CEO
A great watch! But mine is nicer I think!

I bought just before moving to Taiwan (I actually don't need a watch, but it's useful when travelling). However, I found out it is the favoured watch of terrorists, which was nice seeing as I was flying from the UK over the weekend of our 'plastic bags only on flights'.

But honestly, these expensive watches are a waste of money, get something cheap, give the rest to charity. It's just a watch. I bet you're carrying a cell phone too, just use that.
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:57 AM
 
Originally Posted by monkeybrain
A great watch! But mine is nicer I think!

I bought just before moving to Taiwan (I actually don't need a watch, but it's useful when travelling). However, I found out it is the favoured watch of terrorists, which was nice seeing as I was flying from the UK over the weekend of our 'plastic bags only on flights'.

But honestly, these expensive watches are a waste of money, get something cheap, give the rest to charity. It's just a watch. I bet you're carrying a cell phone too, just use that.
That watch's size is smaller than a quarter.
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Sep 4, 2006, 02:37 AM
 
Never wore a watch.
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 04:55 AM
 
Some jobs involve you NOT looking at your cellphone for the time. It's not professional. Ya should be wearing a watch.

I say $75-$5000
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Sep 4, 2006, 06:07 AM
 
I got an excellent Timex for ~$40...
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Sep 4, 2006, 06:40 AM
 
I'm very fussy about watches, meaning I like practically none of them. The only ones I tend to like are dual display alarm chronographs, usually only from Seiko. The nice ones tend to be $700-$1200. That said, I've once seen a pretty decent one from Omega, that one was around $3,500.

Personally, I'm of the "buy a watch for life" school of thought. Even if it seems expensive at first, a good watch will last you forever, and never go out of style.
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 06:58 AM
 
I agree about TAG Heuer being fantastic watches… but I guess they are way over the 'decent watch' scale, to rate then as 'decent' is kinda weird, I can not think about a great number of watches able to compare with TAG models… kinda like rating a Mercedes-Benz being a decent car… HA!!

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Sep 4, 2006, 07:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by angelmb
I agree about TAG Heuer being fantastic watches… but I guess they are way over the 'decent watch' scale, to rate then as 'decent' is kinda weird, I can not think about a great number of watches able to compare with TAG models… kinda like rating a Mercedes-Benz being a decent car… HA!!
Tags are really at the low end of the 'luxury' watch market, they are decent, but nothing overly special (this is coming from a Tag owner). If you want top end you would want a Patek Philippe, Breguet, A Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin etc. I would settle for a new Panerai or IWC which are probably the next step up from Tags & Omegas etc.
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Sep 4, 2006, 07:40 AM
 
I got a very acceptable analog watch for about $10.
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 08:18 AM
 
I inherited a beautiful Omega from my father in law - my wife gave it to me as her wedding present. I've also got a much loved Oris which I bought for about $1800 at the time. Both are fully mechanical, I can't stand Quartz watches.

Spend however much it's worth to you.
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 08:53 AM
 
Originally Posted by nbnz
Tags are really at the low end of the 'luxury' watch market, they are decent, but nothing overly special (this is coming from a Tag owner). If you want top end you would want a Patek Philippe, Breguet, A Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin etc. I would settle for a new Panerai or IWC which are probably the next step up from Tags & Omegas etc.
Well, I just think that from a moral sense it has to be a certain limit… I don't want to think about how much are those top end watches you are talking about, that could be kinda… hum… an obscene price

It is like getting a Rolls Royce, it just doesn't make any sense IMHO…
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 10:24 AM
 
recently purchased this:

crystal: sapphire
case back: sapphire
size: 40mm
stainless steel
movement: eta 2824-2
strap: leather, croc pattern
just under $300.
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Sep 4, 2006, 10:40 AM
 
i support Target $9 watches.
i like when it costs less to buy a new watch than it does to change the battery.

about four months ago i thought it would be fun to see how rich folk live so i bought a $25 Casio. it died a few weeks ago.

i've never had a Target watch die (and i usually lose it before the battery runs out anyway).

features:
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:04 PM
 
A $1.99 quartz watch will give as accurate time as a $1 million dollar Swiss watch.

So really, it's only style, features, and durability that you can buy. Certainly for $25 you can find a basic metal watch that'll last forever.

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Sep 4, 2006, 12:10 PM
 
I'm probably going to put 100 to 120 $ on my next watch.

I plan on getting something like that
     
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:29 PM
 
Uhm, what's up with those colors. I don't get it.

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Sep 4, 2006, 12:33 PM
 
Me neither, but it's stylish!

I also might end up with something like this in a sub-100$ deal.

     
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by IceEnclosure
Some jobs involve you NOT looking at your cellphone for the time. It's not professional. Ya should be wearing a watch.

I say $75-$5000
Exactly. I work in a chic restaurant as garçon de table and looking at my 6265i isn't exactly appropriate.
     
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I hate Japanese watches. To me, their style is ugly.

I'd prefer somthing like a Swatch Irony.

http://store.swatch.com/theme_2

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Originally Posted by what_the_heck
Uhm, what's up with those colors. I don't get it.
Red for day, blue for night. As far as I can make out. Prolly some kind of basic world time thingy?
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Sep 4, 2006, 12:42 PM
 
I got this Citizen. About $450 retail. Found it on eBay for $110 brand new from Singapore. Fake? Probably. Fell off the back of a truck? Probably. But the thing works perfectly and looks great.


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Sep 4, 2006, 01:27 PM
 
I spend Max $150. I have like 8 watches and they are all purely fashion watches (mostly Diesel and Fossil).

Even a $10 watch tells time accurately but next to nobody uses watches for time anymore just for fashion. Cell phones are the new watches.

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Sep 4, 2006, 02:05 PM
 
No more than $100 for a "copywatch" from the streets of Hong Kong. Looks great, works great, and lasts. Most people will never know the difference, and IMHO anyone who spends $20000 on a watch is insane.
     
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Instead of a watch, I use my cell phone.
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Sep 4, 2006, 03:36 PM
 
I'm partial to Nixon watches. They have some really cool watches that appeal to a younger demographic (16-30). Check them out.

http://www.nixonnow.com/

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Sep 4, 2006, 05:03 PM
 
I'm wearing an Elgin right now. It cost about $30, it looks like a Tag Hauer-but not enough to make it seem I'm wearing a knock-off copy of an expensive watch-and it keeps excellent time.

I think that the "professional work environment" alligator mentioned above needs some clarification. WHAT professional work environment? In health care, anything that's not just utilitarian comes off as being showy. (And attorneys with their fancy fountain pens and expensive watches just look like they're flashing their high fees, not any style.)

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Sep 4, 2006, 05:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by dav
recently purchased this:

crystal: sapphire
case back: sapphire
size: 40mm
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strap: leather, croc pattern
just under $300.

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Sep 4, 2006, 06:25 PM
 
Some people can't imagine spending $10,000 for a watch when you can get a perfectly functional one for $10. The way I see it is that the time keeping portion of the watch (the movement) only costs about $200, the other $9,800 goes to jewelry. Other than cufflinks and tie tacks, it's pretty much the only jewelry men can wear, so they some people tend to go a little overboard. I wouldn't ever pay that much personally, but I have no problem with it.

I have a few watches, the most expensive of which is about $130... a Seiko SKX025J2.


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Sep 4, 2006, 07:03 PM
 
Another vote for Tag. And I do think they still come in handy (watches). My cellphone is in my pocket most of the time. And there are still places where you don't have clocks, PDA's computers etc... i.e golf course, casinos, bars, yada yada yada. A quick glance at your watch is easier than pulling out your phone/pda/laptop etc.

And yes, it is still also an accessory to attire. Although my Tag is so beat-up.. it probably could use a new band.

As for cost - whatever you feel comfortable with. I always wanted a tag.. so I dropped just over 1K for it. However, I'm also expecting this to last FOR FRIGGING EVER .
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