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    Watch Dilema: Keep saving or buy now?

    Here is my dilema:

    I have been saving for a new watch, with this in mind:

    http://www.watchbuys.com/store/pc/Si...trap-p2082.htm

    I have $1500 saved, but the itch to buy one now is getting overwhelming. So I put it to you. Do I keep saving or do I scratch the itch? I definitely want a Chrono and have a few secondary options:

    https://www.jomashop.com/fortis-watc...1-32lp-01.html

    https://www.jomashop.com/fortis-watch-401-21-38m.html

    https://shop.hamiltonwatch.com/h3841...to-chrono.html
    I can pick up on the used market

    If you have suggestions of others in the price range, let me know.

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    Just my two cents ... the dream watch is way too busy. But with that being said ... don't settle. You set the goal and have the dream. I'd keep saving and get the one you want. I think if you settle you will still want your dream watch and it will be an itch you'll need to scratch.

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    I am a bit of a watch nerd. I've owned many many watches over the years, though they have all been sub $1,000. I have bought cheap alternatives in an attempt to quench my thirst for specefic watches. In the end, I learned that it doesn't work for me. I still long for the watch I want.

    My advice if you truly want the Sinn: save for it, buy it. In the meantime, buy a sub $200 quartz chrono if you don't have any watches.

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    As I get older, I like really nice stuff, but not much of it. Continue saving for the watch.

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    The problem with this dilemma is you’re not going to know if your current grail is really the one you want until you’ve had it on your wrist. For all the “get the watch you really want” advice out there, there are folks who have done just that and then felt let down or unsatisfied when they’ve gotten their grail.

    Generally speaking though, I suspect you will not be satisfied if you purchase these other alternative watches when they’re not the watch you really seem to want.

    If you want something now, I’d recommend a quartz chronograph. There are plenty to choose from in the $100-200 range that won’t set you back too much in saving for the Sinn you want. If you find something in the same style as the Sinn you want (Breitling Navitimer homage) you might discover you really like, or really don’t like, that particular style.

    E.g.: https://www.amazon.com/Stuhrling-Ori...uhrling+monaco
    Last edited by LesserBlackDog; December 5th, 2018 at 10:46 PM.
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    In the same boat, except I don't actually know what I want. Started passively saving for my next watch instead of just buying on a whim. I've only got about $700 but I don't really even know what I want to save for. Now I just want to look for a $700 watch and buy it LOL. Why don't you just get a 103 for fun and keep saving. Sell the 103 when you're ready for the Sinn navitimer. Even if you lose a little on the 103, just consider it a rental.
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    I like this better:

    https://www.authenticwatches.com/lon...l#.XAiUlGhMEwA

    That said if you want to scratch your itch with a cheap quartz while you save, these are along the lines of what you posted:

    https://danhenrywatches.com/products...ry-chronograph

    https://danhenrywatches.com/products...ot-chronograph

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    Save up. If that's your grail, you're going to like those $1000-1500 alternatives a fraction as much as you would like your grail (yet those alternatives aren't exactly cheap, either).

    A general word about higher end chronographs: Try them on in person. I also prefer the look of a chonograph, but once you start looking at automatic chronographs at the entry luxury to mid luxury level, you don't always realize that they're EXTREMELY bulky. It's very hard to keep them under 14mm in thickness. As a result, they wear much, much bigger than they look online, and it's nearly impossible to fit them under a shirt cuff. And this is not an endorsement to go buy a quartz watch.

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    You could also finance it. Plop down the $1500 you have now and continue to pay it down as if you were still saving. This will be a little more expensive in the long term depending on the interest rate, but A.) Your itch will be scratched and B.) You won't need to restart your savings after plunking down for a watch, which you would have to do if you dropped some money on a watch that wasn't your grail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skewl View Post
    You could also finance it.
    No offense, but whatever you do, don't do this. Horrible horrible idea. Unless the interest rate is 0%. And even so, I would never finance a watch. Ever.

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