I wear a watch at work. When I first started this job, I bought what I considered to be a relatively expensive watch. I got it at The Bay and it was originally $250 but with all the various sales they always seem to have going on, I paid about $100. I had the thing for about five years, and then one day at work I noticed my wrist felt different — I looked, and the watch was gone. I searched my home and workplace and car and everywhere else for a week but never found the damn thing.
Crestfallen, I finally accepted my fate and went shopping for a new watch. I settled on a cheap ($50) Timex thing at London Drugs. I no longer wanted a ‘nice’ watch, I just wanted one that would do the job and looked acceptable. This piece of junk worked alright up until last week when the backlight feature stopped working — now I can’t read the time in the dark, which isn’t really essential but it is definitely nice to have.
Since I can get by with it as it is, I’ve just been casually looking for another watch on the various used stuff sites. Most of the stuff on there is trash but holy doodle, I also see a surprising number of $1,500 watches, and even some $5,000+ ones. It makes me wonder, who cares that much about a watch, and why?
I think that, for wealthy men, watches must be like diamonds are to wealthy women, in that it’s a fancy-looking status symbol you can wear. I don’t think anyone who buys them can really tell the difference between the ‘rich prick’ watches and the London Drug specials — they probably just think that if they paid $5000 for it, it must be a fantastic watch. Wouldn’t it be funny if it was built with the same crappy parts as all the junk watches out there.
I’m not saying all expensive watches are trash. On the contrary, I bet their backlights don’t die after five years of light use. I just can’t imagine who can justify spending that kind of money on something they probably don’t truly appreciate. I guess if you’re flush as fuck and money is no object to you, then why not piss it away on fancy watches? I don’t know that I’d do the same but to each their own.