Watches: How do you decide what to buy? Do you splurge or save? What are everyone’s thoughts on smartwatches and luxury watches?
Hi hi there! I’m looking into buying a watch again (I used to have a men’s fossil sports watch that they no longer sell that got damaged after I fell off a boat–long story) and I realized I don’t know a lot of people who wear watches (other than my grandparents, who bought each other rolexes on their whatever-th decade anniversary and haven’t really swapped them out since). Does anyone have any watch thoughts or watch stories? All my watches have been gifts that I have loved so I’m trying to hold out on buying a watch till I find the right one.
In middle school I was super excited about this elegant and classy swatch skin (one of the first ones) with these intricate and delicate hands. My mom bought it for my 13th birthday after a year of watching me look at it when we went gift shopping or to the mall. I still wear that one but with it’s silicone band (it’s such an old model it’s hard to find new bands that fit it) it doesn’t always feel dressy enough for a situation. I do love it though.
In high school I wanted a more mannish and masculine watch so I asked for a men’s watch for my 16th birthday (and my granddad happily obliged)! It was a big bulky thing (laughably huge on my relatively small wrists) that could handle 10 atmospheres and had three different timers and was oh so so cool. I loved it so (also if anyone knows what I should do with an old broken watch, let me know!)
So now I don’t really know what I want, my style veers from femme to masc different days and I kind of love those square watches, like those [La Mer ones](https://www.lamercollections.com/shop/stone-gold-milwood-double-strap-watch.html?category_id=12), but they have so many strap/bracelet details and I want something more minimal. I realized as I was lamenting this that what I was imagining was a Cartier tank, but I can’t afford that haha! But it did get me thinking: are Cartier and the like worth the price? Is there a point after which spending more on a watch doesn’t make sense or is the like Patek Philippe motto of ‘you’re giving your kid a watch by buying this watch’ an actual thing? I don’t really think I understand how luxury watches *work* or if they’re ‘legit’ investments or not.
The other reason I haven’t bitten the bullet and gone out for a replacement is because I don’t really know what kind of watch in general I want? What about smartwatches? The apple ones or the hybrid ones that folks like Fossil make?
What kind of watches are people wearing? Does anyone own or is anyone considering buying a smartwatch? How about a luxury watch? What do you consider when buying one? Do you like ones that blend with your coloring/style/wrist-size or ones that stick out a lot?
Also (lol) do y’all wear them on your dominant or non-dominant hand (or either)?