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Whats the most you've ever spent on a watch

Acorn

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I bought a watch for around 350 that had a genuine slice of meteorite for a dial. What is the most you've ever spent on a watch? Is the apple watch more then you have ever spent on a watch?
 

bigjnyc

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6K - Breitling transocean

I posted a picture in the "who's got a nice watch" thread
 
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mojolicious

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The most I ever spent on a watch was around £80 in the mid 90s. Haven't owned a watch for fifteen years or so, and I don't think that's about to change. I'm surrounded by things that tell me the time, and I've zero appreciation or understanding of watches as art or jewellery.
 
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Ccrew

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I've got a Tag that I paid $1300 for and a Rolex Presidential that I bought 25 years ago and paid IIRC about $7k for.
 
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Andropov

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I spent 180$ on a iPod Nano 6th Gen plus a 30$ fake LunaTik TikTok strap on eBay. I've been using it as a watch for two years now.

Before that, the most I had spent on a watch was 15$ for a Casio analog watch.
 
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Julien

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I bought a brand new genuine Rolex in the parking lot this morning for $50 and he even through in 14K gold chain. :D
 
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Julien

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In all seriousness the most I have ever spent is $450 on my Garmin 620. So the Sport 38mm will be $100 less unless I decide on the 42mm Sport, or the Watch, or the Edition.:eek:
 
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Ravenous0001

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not counting the cheap ones I had pre-high school/college
First one - $270 for a Citizen Skyhawk eco drive (lasted 13 years)
Second one/current - $150 Casio Ediface (3 years old right now)

Apple Watch... anyone think one would even last 3 years? Doubt you'd be getting a full day usage after charging the battery daily for 3 years.
 
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SHNXX

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bought my first high-end watches last year
$29k+tax Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 5127
$16k+tax Breguet (Reine de Naples, actually for the lady)
Rolex GMT Master 8K plus tax
Rolex Datejust

A diamond decorated junky Dior watch for the lady - 15k plus tax
Chanel j12 with Diamond - don't remember

A few old Cartier Pantheres. ..
 
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Cashmonee

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My first watch as an adult was a Citizen Calibre 5700 Eco-Drive my wife gave me on our wedding day. I believe it set her back around $180, 9 years ago. The second watch is my recently purchased Garmin fenix 2. I paid $349 for the heart rate monitor bundle when it was on sale at REI last month. To be fair, I funded the purchase by selling my Garmin 800 (cycling computer) for $220 and using a $100 REI gift card we had received from getting their credit card. So, only about $50 out of pocket. I would not have paid the full $450 MSRP.

I am intrigued by watches, and would definitely buy more if I had the disposable income. Though it is more of an interest in mechanical watches, not smart watches.
 
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anonymouslurker

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I currently have four Swiss watches...

$2k (Sinn 756)
$6k (Rolex Cellini)
$8k (Breitling Navitimer 01)
$12k (Omega Speedmaster DSOM)

Plus, I just bought a Moto 360 ;-)
 
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Acorn

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it amazes me that people will spend on a watch what a car cost. I dont know. Id rather have a car for that much. :eek:
 
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SHNXX

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it amazes me that people will spend on a watch what a car cost. I dont know. Id rather have a car for that much. :eek:

the cars you can buy for watch prices are usually not very good cars, unless you are talking about very very special watches above $150k ;)
 
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Anonymous Freak

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$100, three times.

A big, bulky, no-name, but very light, Titanium watch in the mid '90s. Bought because I like Titanium. Bought out of a generic-product catalog in college. It had a mechanical watchface, plus two small LCDs embedded that could be set to a few different functions. (I usually left one on the date, and the other set to GMT.) The mechanical watchface stopped working a few years ago, but the LCDs still work. Kind of silly to wear it to just use the LCDs, though.

A Skagen Grenen, on sale. Sadly, I lost it a couple years ago.

A Pebble, at the early-bird Kickstarter price.

I'm not opposed to spending more. But I will spend for functionality, with a slight nod to style. I won't spend a lot for style alone. (That is generally true for anything I buy. I buy "nice" shoes, not "stylish" shoes. I buy "nice" shirts, not "stylish" shirts.) For example, had the Pebble Steel been available up front, I would have likely paid the extra for it over the regular Pebble. But I don't like it enough to pay full price for the Steel, when I already have a functioning regular Pebble.

If the Apple Watch's functionality seems worth it after it comes out, $350 wouldn't be too much for me to spend - but I won't buy the "Edition" model, no matter how much I like the look of rose gold. (Of course, one core bit of functionality to make it worth it to me is battery life. I can barely tolerate the Pebble's one week battery life - no way I'm buying a watch I have to plug in daily.)
 
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Anonymous Freak

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the cars you can buy for watch prices are usually not very good cars, unless you are talking about very very special watches above $150k ;)

Well, you've spent more on watches total than I have spent on cars total.

Your most expensive watch is only slightly less than my most expensive car - a Prius with all the bells and whistles.

Your second most expensive watch is more expensive than the first new car I ever bought. (Although I do have to agree that wasn't a very good car - it did last over 100K miles without needing major repairs, though. It was just 'basic'.)

And, of course, different people have different definitions of "very good cars". Someone who can afford a $29,000 watch would likely consider any car below $50,000 "not very good."

But if you are family of four, with a total household income of $100,000 (more than the average in the US,) spending $29,000 on a watch is not just "a luxury" - it is truly financially insane. But spending $29,000 on a car gets you a perfectly decent car.


Obviously, if you have the disposable income, it's your money, spend it on what luxuries you like! (I collect vintage computers, for crying out loud - lots of people, even here, would consider some of my purchases ridiculous.)

I consider both watches and cars to be "tools", not luxuries. So I buy the ones that meet my needs for the best price/feature ratio. (Yes, I created a spreadsheet to compare features, giving different features different 'grades' and weights before buying my most recent car.) Again, like with watches, I'll spend a little more for "style" or "luxury" factor - but not significantly more.
 
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Radiating

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the cars you can buy for watch prices are usually not very good cars, unless you are talking about very very special watches above $150k ;)

Yep, and when you buy something that's very good it tends to last longer and have higher resale value when you spend 5k on a watch, even if you get a new one and sell the old one every 6 years it works out to around $25 a month to own.

In the long run, which is what really makes the most sense to count, a $5,000 watch isn't any more expensive than a bicycle.
 
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Vetvito

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1100 for a Gucci. Next on my list is a Tag.

I just love watches and need one for every occasion.
 
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OllyW

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I recently spent £500 ($800) on a Christopher Ward Trident Pro but if you allow for inflation, the £300 ($485) I spent on my Junghans Mega Solar eighteen years ago is probably the most the most expensive so far.
 
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Nermal

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A couple of hundred on a G-Shock. I can't imagine spending much more than that, even though there is a nice $700 one :p
 
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Redenkeew

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bought my first high-end watches last year
$29k+tax Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 5127
$16k+tax Breguet (Reine de Naples, actually for the lady)
Rolex GMT Master 8K plus tax
Rolex Datejust

A diamond decorated junky Dior watch for the lady - 15k plus tax
Chanel j12 with Diamond - don't remember

A few old Cartier Pantheres. ..

Chanel J12 :cool:

Your taste in watch is amazing. Even for the lady haha. *thumps-up*

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it amazes me that people will spend on a watch what a car cost. I dont know. Id rather have a car for that much. :eek:

It's really depend on how everyone justify their purchase. Everyone has his own way to justifying his money. I don't like car and watches that much personally, but I dropped big bucks on other "stuff" that many people might think "unnecessary". Don't be amazed, just understand that "to each his own" lol :)
 
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Never bought a watch for myself but might of had a plastic one for a few days as a kid. I do plan on getting the watch to develop for but I am still on the fence if ill wear it haha.
 
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