You may think you know watches, but let be real -- you just don Let me, a true horological aficionado, enlighten your plebeian minds as to what makes a real watch, what you should wear when and what to do with those old watches of yours. All the opinions expressed by the Watch Snob are my own, and are just that -- opinions. Don worry, though, AskMen will still be bringing you great features on interesting watches to buy, both old and new, expensive and cheap. For now, let the Watch Snob reign.
What should a newbie know when purchasing a pre-owned watch? My tastes are out of my budget, so I like to get as much as I can for every dollar. As an example, I been looking at the Daytona. I see some pre-owned with Zenith movement and some with Rolex movement. Is there any shame in buying pre-owned?
A newbie should only be concerned about not being sold a watch out of a shoebox in Chinatown. But, with the example you mention, like with everything Rolex, there is a lot to learn. The Zenith Daytonas are actually more valuable and more sought after than the models with the in-house Rolex movement -- strange but true.
Connoisseurs know the El Primero movement to be a better engine than what Rolex came up with, so these Zeniths actually fetch a premium. If both are offered to you at the same price, go Zenith, even though others will tell you the more Rolex in your watch, the better. If you want to know what my esteemed colleague thinks of the mighty Rolex, check out The Argument Against Rolex Watches.
Dear Watch Snob,
I am changing jobs, and I thought it would be special to connect the move to a new watch. I interested in something professional but not too subtle and something with an in-house movement. I recently tried on the new 2010 IWC Portuguese Hand-Wound black face (Ref. 5454) and think it is extremely crisp, precise and just plain beautiful. I also enjoy some of the Zenith Open Face watches but, to be honest, I don know enough about Zenith as a brand. I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations. I wish I could afford a Nautilus, but it not in the cards. yet.
What with all the Zenith talk today? For a brand that hasn done anything at all in the last 20 years, it seems to be all the rage right now. Forget the Zenith Open Face/Defy watches -- they total wannabe rapper garbage. Between that and the IWC, clearly the IWC is the better choice. But frankly, that hand-wound model is pretty boring. If you are going to get a Portuguese, make it a seven-day.
question from a watch knob Dear Watch Snob,
I have a Black Rolex Air-King Oyster Perpetual. I want to ask you if during the summer it better to wear a different strap, maybe made with leather or tissue. If yes, can you please tell me some strap models to look at?
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