Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: ↑Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:34 am
johncolescarr wrote: ↑Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:18 am
I began climbing the watch ladder some 5 years ago, first through orient/Seiko, then low end Swiss Tissot, etc before going onto Longines level, then I found CW.
For me, this was enough and I have stayed at CW level (usually making up the majority of my small, functional collection).
An interesting mention of "levels". Based on price?
When I started this thread this was obviously a part of the equation, but by no means all of it.
Interesting point Steve,
My reference to levels is mostly quality, design flair, finishing, movement (which usually equates to higher price) and lesser so horological provenance. I consider CW watches to be the top of my watch ladder (the ones I get most enjoyment from), they also happen to be the most expensive.
As a watch enthusiast (I dont class myself as a collector) who is fairly new to the hobby, I dont have a lot of capital built up in my collection and so price is a big factor for me personally, if I want to get say an Omega or Tudor, or even say a higher grade Sinn, I would have to either sell off almost all my watches, or stump up the cash, which would be a real stretch for me.
Technically I could afford to get £3,4,5k watches, but it would be a big ask for my finances and one I'm not currently willing to commit. CW watches in my collection can be bought, sold and traded at a level I'm comfortable with, so I get to experience some great (in my opinion) watches without overstretching myself, if that makes sense.
Perhaps when I can afford more expensive watches with history and better finishing and movements etc I wont feel the same, I guess time (and my finances!) will tell.