7 Things I Wish I Knew About Watches When I Started



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I’ve said it many times before, watch collecting can be a complicated and nuanced pursuit. As you advance your knowledge and experience with watches, there are some lessons you learn along the way, hopefully not the hard way. In this video, I’ll share seven things I wish I had known when I jumped into the greater world of watch enthusiasm.

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0:00 – Intro & Ground Rules
1:25 – 1. More Is Not Always Better
2:58 – 2. Vintage Watches Are Not For Everyone
4:58 – 3. Nobody Cares About Your Watch
6:47 – 4. A Watch Cannot Complete You
8:40 – 5. Could I Sell This Watch If I Wanted To?
10:46 – 6. Am I Going To Regret This?
12:22 – 7. Service Cost

47 comments

  1. When i turned 13tn my father gave me a A. Lange & Shöne for my birthday and I swaped it for a baseball bat, when my father asked me where the watch was, i told him what i had done he did not get angry, but sat me down and said these immortal words “Son you’ll never be a rich man so be happy with what life brings you”, he was right of of course and folks no matter how much one wants to, the clock can never be turned back.

  2. I have stayed with Vintage Omega. Most of the time I could buy the parts. In one case however I had to buy a donner watch for the parts . I think Omega vintage is one of the most robust watches out there. I own a 1938 26.4 SC doctors watch. I bought it out of Argentina. This watch is unbelievable . For a manual wind 15 jewel which is 84 years old it accuracy could give modern watch a run
    For the money. I keep wound and probably have it on during the day. I think it is a very attractive watch.

  3. I think you are right Teddy, and you're a great representative of the watch community. I will add, when buying vintage watches…

    Look, there's a lot of pressure on newer watch hobbyists, to buy the right watch, the right brand, etc. And vintage watches are often touted as 'distincitive' or 'affordable luxury'. I fell into this trap, and bought a vintage Omega I found at a great price. I bought it for the brand name, because I could I afford it. But I never really enjoyed it. I didn't buy it because I loved it… I bought it because some snob on WUS/watchuseek told me so. I made this mistake many times. And like Teddy said, in the real world, 95%, or probably way more people, don't care about your watch. And if you are trying to impress someone, or maybe a girl, she probably doesn't know the brand, and probably doesn't care.

    Currently, my favourite watch is the pagani datejust currently. I love it. And of all the watches I regret selling, it was my orient ranger, my Seiko presagr sary055, and Bulova Curv gunmetal black. Selling those to buy a Tudor or omega.. Didn't make me happy. Good luck everyone, just buy what speaks to you, and what you love.

  4. I’ve never been into watches. I bought a Citizen promaster tough, and now am binging teddy’s video’s like an addict

  5. I’d agree that vintage watches are not for me. I like new things. I’m fact, I don’t like most vintage things to be honest, apart from the odd classic car like a BMW 2002 or the original Mercedes S600 that Jamiroquai has.

  6. Number 3 reminds me of the fountain pen community a little bit more so with the fountain pen community.

  7. The nobody-cares-aspect is one of the reasons I like elegant/beautiful/luxury watches. If you drive around in an expensive car, it has a habit of shoving your wealth/taste/lack-of-taste into the face of everyone that you pass. Everyone sees your big BMW or Jaguar. You scream "Look, I have a Porsche" to anyone, even to those who are annoyed by it. No one recognizes the Jaeger-Lecoultre at your wrist. Except of those people who like them.

  8. First thing I wish I thew is how slippery the slope of watch collecting is haha. This man is more dangeroua than a bank robber for the bank rofl.

  9. Would you consider doing a review of watches with a power reserve indicator? It is a feature I love but seems rather less common.

  10. I've been collecting watch since I was 15 and 8 years later I already have 11 watches collected. Every watch I bought has a story of either happiness or sadness. To date I already have 4 Rolex (oyster perpetual 41, Daytona, submariner, and yacht master), Tudor pelagos, 2 omega planet ocean, tissot le locle, panerai luminor, Casio lineage, and Seiko 5. Everytime i see my collection, i recall those happy moments i had and i even smile remembering events that made me sad. Obviously, I love divers watches because I feel so happy when I'm at the sea.

  11. These are really good recommendations for life!:) Change the word "Watches" for "real estate" and you'll see it applies too:) Thanks Teddy:)

  12. About point 3, I guarantee you, Teddy, if you had a blacked out A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual I would care about your watch. I'm sure 99% of the public would too. 😆

  13. Thanks Teddy…very constructive. I had to scrap my itch for vintage watches for the reasons you articulated–especially the honesty factor in dealing with others. I guess I'm blessed in that I was never-ever concerned with others regarding my watches. Lastly, I research and deliberate for long periods, then buy what I want. Be well.

  14. 1. An empty slot in a watch box is a sin. Buy something you like that you feel won't cost you a fortune if you flip it.
    2. Vintage watches can be a pain, don't bother with them
    3. Your right, nobody notices your watch. I find sticking the watch in somebody's face, pinning them down, then telling them all about it, works!
    4. My next watch is always my last, then the one after that, and the one after that
    5. I don't have an issue with people who buy watches for investment purposes, but there aren't many of those
    6. I have sold loads of watches I wish I kept, and bought loads I regret. This is part of the learning process
    7. I never kept watches long enough to have them serviced, I also don't buy overpriced luxury brands, so it's not an issue.

    Good video, agree with most of it

  15. In my specific case, I avoid buying more than one watch a year and so I have a lot of time to fall in love and stop falling in love with various models. Lool. This allows me to have a short list of models to consider. I also try not to spend more than a certain amount (between €100 and €300 maximum) which tightens the list even more. But when I look at the empty spaces in the box, I'm tempted to buy on impulse, but then I look at the calendar and since it's not December yet, I take a deep breath and calm down. I liked the part where nobody wants to know about the watch I have on my wrist, it's so true!
    People even look but say nothing about it! Take care!

  16. New Subscriber with out a watch. Lol. Love your videos. Quality over quantity is something I can relate to since I'm a coin collector. Learning first before I take the plunge. Without a watch box first lol. I have a lot to learn. Thank you

  17. The important ones;

    Nobody cares, the average person thinks a Michael Kors or any other brand watch is nice…..

    Its not a spint, buy what you like when you can…this coincides with nobody caring.

    Buy a fucking casio/gshock/Edifice – Best bang for your buck, will constantly get compliments, infinitely affordable, while looking stylish.

    Trust your uncle Prison.

  18. I’m scared I had a few watches before this but now I realize I’m researching to start a collection bambino and save the ocean manta ray on the way

  19. You definitely covered the main points that I've been questioning in my head ever since I started getting into this rather expensive hobby. It is definitely true that it's one issue where you start buying watches, but it's definitely another issue when services start catching up to you eventually, and at times it may all catch up at once and you might be left with nothing to put on your wrist.

  20. What model watch is at 4:00 ? Orient Bambino I assume, but can anyone help with the specific model please? Thanks in advance.

  21. I do actually care about everyone’s watch. Their choice, affordable or luxury watches, is interesting. Each has a story to tell. I love appreciating what they appreciate as well.

  22. Rule number one: buy what you love. Don’t care about what other people think is cool.
    None of the other rules matter.

  23. Relatively new to watches here… I aspire to have a small collection of high-ish quality watches some day. Wish I had seen this video before purchasing two mediocre quality pieces. #1 really made me realize how true it is…

  24. true one. nobody cares what watch you wear untill you end up caught wearing 4 watches at the same time like me if somebody notices you out.

  25. Keep in mind with service costs, the more watches you own in rotation, the less frequent they'll need to be serviced.

  26. “No one gives a damn about your watch” 😂 so true. That said, I have found some love in Nomos and Hamilton Facebook groups. Beyond that, I have yet to have one person engage me about any watch on my wrist. Fine by me, since I buy them for me. 😊 still….would be nice now and then 😏

  27. Two things about service costs 1 :- inflation I bought an Explorer in 1988 for £600 new. I was recently in a dealer and asked how much to have it serviced, because it is now "vintage" it would have to be sent to Switzerland to be serviced, starting price £1450 plus whatever. 2:- watching a film with George Daniels being interviewed. When asked about service intervals for one of his watches he said he didn't recommend one but said if the customers thought it should be done to leave it at least 25 years. It could be different with a Seiko though.

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