Difference between a $500 and a $5,000 watch?

  • GWriter

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    Oct 27, 2013 12:03 PM GMT
    I have a very nice diving watch, made by a good Swiss company -- Tissot -- that I paid $500 for. A fair amount of money, but it is waterproof to 300 feet, has lots of neat features, and keeps perfect time. A friend of mine recently paid ten times that for a watch, and I honestly can't see how it is ten times better. Can anyone explain this?

  • Oct 27, 2013 12:11 PM GMT
    Your friend's watch's company paid 10 times more for ads.
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    Oct 27, 2013 12:37 PM GMT
    Sometimes nothing. But when you get to high end luxury watches you'll notice the difference as soon as it's in your hands or on your wrist.

    There usually a difference in weight, higher quality material such as glass vs crystal, gold plated vs solid gold, diamonds vs cubic, better researched components, and better crafted. They are made to last for generations. A $5,000 watch usually holds its value or appreciates

    Go here to see some nice watches
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    Oct 27, 2013 1:08 PM GMT
    GWriter said
    Can anyone explain this?

    You can only go so far in mechanical quality, so that beyond a certain price point you're paying for wearing finer jewelry. You can also pay $5000+ for a decorative bracelet that doesn't tell time at all. A very expensive watch is both, but I don't think it functions appreciably better once a high degree of accuracy & durability is reached. It then becomes a matter of appearance & prestige.

    I also own a $500 genuine diver's watch I've had for 25 years and perfectly serviceable (I have no idea what its value today is, it's now my beach watch, absolutely indestructible, certified to 200M/650ft). I've also owned 18k solid gold wristwatches. I actually went through Army Basic Training and my first 6 years of active duty wearing one almost daily, before I went digital. So funny - I was low-crawling through mud wearing a watch that cost as much as my soldier's pay for an entire year in 1969. I never thought of that until this moment.

    But I tend not to be ostentatious in my accessories, preferring functionality over flash. The rule I follow is the one my late mother taught me. Buy higher price when it gives you higher quality & durability, but not simply for brand name or prestige. Better quality will outlast 2 of the cheaper (like my diver's watch), and actually save you money in the long run. Plus you'll enjoy its finer features the entire time you use it.
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    Oct 27, 2013 1:15 PM GMT
    There are differences between the two
    Low cost watchs is probably a machine made
    Whereas the premium watch is man made, and the use of better quality materials or jewelry like gold or diamond etc. Other than this, the functionality between the two is mostly the same.
    Manufacturing costs of premium watches are higher or a little higher than the normal ones. But most of the retail cost difference is due to brand value which helps the buyers to display their status that he is wealthy or powerful, etc.
  • omnislash

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    Oct 27, 2013 1:32 PM GMT
    years ago, my dad gave me a $25K Rolex that he no longer wore. it's really no more special than any other watch that I have, as far as I can tell. guess one's perception of watches is personal.
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    Oct 27, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
    I have a diving watch that I paid ~$800 for about 10 years ago that has been appraised 2 different times at a much higher value. I fucking love this watch too and it always sparks conversation. I think there is a such a thing as getting solid quality for a good price versus superior quality at a high price.
  • mybud

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    Oct 27, 2013 2:25 PM GMT
    I'll explain it..A lot of gays will pay the inflated price for the label, even though the quality doesn't merit it.
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 27, 2013 2:31 PM GMT
    I wouldn't spend $50 on a watch, let alone $500 or $5000. Don't divers rely on gauges in their tanks anyway? I would think watches, cell phones, etc would be superfluous underwater.
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    Oct 27, 2013 2:33 PM GMT
    mybud saidI'll explain it..A lot of people will pay the inflated price for the label, even though the quality doesn't merit it.

    Fixed that for
    Ohhh, something shiny
  • mybud

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    Oct 27, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    bhp91126 said
    mybud saidI'll explain it..A lot of people will pay the inflated price for the label, even though the quality doesn't merit it.

    Fixed that for
    Ohhh, something shiny
    No need to fix it..I meant gay and stand by it...
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 27, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    The_Perfect_Ashlar saidSometimes nothing. But when you get to high end luxury watches you'll notice the difference as soon as it's in your hands or on your wrist.

    There usually a difference in weight, higher quality material such as glass vs crystal, gold plated vs solid gold, diamonds vs cubic, better researched components, and better crafted. They are made to last for generations. A $5,000 watch usually holds its value or appreciates

    Go here to see some nice watches
    http://www.hautetime.com/
    wow, what he said. i do not need to say anything after that.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 27, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    this watch is awesome and i love it. if i had the money to buy it. i definitely would do so
    http://www.hautetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/RM-011.jpg
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 27, 2013 2:54 PM GMT
    mybud said
    bhp91126 said
    mybud saidI'll explain it..A lot of people will pay the inflated price for the label, even though the quality doesn't merit it.

    Fixed that for
    Ohhh, something shiny
    No need to fix it..I meant gay and stand by it...
    straight people do the same thing buddy so its not a gay thing.
  • Import

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    Oct 27, 2013 3:22 PM GMT
    OP is mad because he has a shitty $500 watch while his friend has a more expensive, better watch. His friend is obvs more successful then the OP is at life.

    lol OP, don't hate. Appreciate.
  • Muscles25

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    Oct 27, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    $4500.
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    Oct 27, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    Watches to me has no interest ..lol..i don't even wear one , i have one given to me as a wedding present , it is in a drawer at home . Nowadays we don't need a watch for time , we have clock on our phones , cars ,place of employment , watches are more an fashion accessories than a necessity ( except for divers and professional fishermen ..lol..)
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    Oct 27, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    neffa saidWatches to me has no interest ..lol..i don't even wear one , i have one given to me as a wedding present , it is in a drawer at home . Nowadays we don't need a watch for time , we have clock on our phones , cars ,place of employment , watches are more an fashion accessories than a necessity ( except for divers and professional fishermen ..lol..)

    That's a fallacy. Nothing has yet replaced having the time instantly readable on your wrist. And especially not in today's world, which is more dependent on precise time at every moment than ever.

    Relying on your cell phone? That's as antiquated as pulling out your big pocket watch, like a train conductor from 1900. That's exactly why wristwatches became popular. You don't want your time in your pocket, or on the wall, or a computer screen, but where you can instantly see it wherever you are, no matter what you're doing.

    And why are Google and others trying to develop smartwatches? So you have info on your wrist at a glance, not buried in your pocket like a train conductor's watch. I find your model a step backward, not forward.

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    Oct 27, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    if you're not cute and don't have a big dick, buy a Rolex icon_smile.gif
  • O5vx

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    Oct 27, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    Who needs a watch when my phone does the same.
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    Oct 27, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidthis watch is awesome and i love it. if i had the money to buy it. i definitely would do so

    http://www.hautetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/RM-011.jpg



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    Oct 27, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    neffa saidWatches to me has no interest ..lol..i don't even wear one , i have one given to me as a wedding present , it is in a drawer at home . Nowadays we don't need a watch for time , we have clock on our phones , cars ,place of employment , watches are more an fashion accessories than a necessity ( except for divers and professional fishermen ..lol..)


    I disagree.

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    Oct 27, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    $4,500.00 icon_wink.gif
  • tazzari

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    Oct 27, 2013 5:49 PM GMT
    I've got an IWC I paid a bundle for - my present to myself when I stopped coaching was a promise never to wear a digital chronograph again. I got a very simple, stainless-steel IWC. Large dial, so I can actually see it, simple bracelet, keeps good time. It's enjoyable to have a few quality things, but mine is a long way from a "luxury" watch.

    I inherited a Patek Philippe, which I rarely wear (pocket watch) and I have my great x 4 grandfather's watch, made in Cardiff in 1792: it still runs, but looses and gains about ten minuets a day. Worn for weddings and state occasions only.

    Mechanical watches are fun!
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    Oct 27, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    I've bought new dive watches on major dive trips like one to the great barrier I went on. But I notice these $75 watches always get moisture inside. So maybe the $500 watches would be best. $5000 watches are for the time, materials, precious metals, and prestige only and probably wouldn't go in the water. I know a guy that wore a $5000 dollar watch, went motorcycling, and the he lost his watch somewhere from the rough roads.