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    Buying the cheapest watch in a brand collection.

    I have been putting together a wish list for my 50th (birthday not watch) it is over a year away but I want time to save up and obsessively ponder my choice.
    I have a Pinterest board for my goal and my stretch goal depending on how good business is and how much I put away.

    What do you feel about buying the least expensive watch in a range?

    Let me start off with just 1 example, FPJourne.
    If I save up I could just about get to the level of a Chronometre Bleu. A beautiful watch in my opinion, how would you feel knowing you had reached you limit but just reached the lowest price point of that brand.

    Would you prefer to be at the top of a less expensive range?
    I know this is a pure subjective choice, but what does your gut tell you?
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    Interesting question. I pondered this last year when I decided I wanted to get back into Rolex. I had to decide whether I wanted to just go for an entry-level piece like the Air-King, or go higher up. It turns out I didn't really care. I cared more about whether I actually liked the watch in question more than where it ranked in the company's lineup. I know there are people who might poop on someone who, for a variety of reasons, might choose an entry-level piece, but who cares about their opinion?
    FWIW- if you like that Journe, don't overthink things too much. Get it. If you feel you can reasonably wait while you save up for a higher-dollar model, do that. But don't feel bad about getting in to an entry-level watch. Just be happy with your purchase!

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    Cheers Sherry, the thing is even if I save up and business is Fab, I will only just reach the Bleu as a stretch goal, I could not afford to consider going beyond that (4kids) . I feel the same about a Patek for instance where I an Aquanaut would be a comparable choice but the base model.
    Where as just for sake of an example if I wanted a Rolex Sub the Deepsea (perceived top of the range) would be in reach.

    Would it feel better to have the top of the range on your wrist?

    I have just used the Deepsea for illustration, not intending to debate the relative merits of the Rolex range just price points of the steel models.
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    The Bleu is a truly wonderful piece that requires no justification by comparison to any other watch within the brand or not.

    I have no problem going low-end in the range. I have the IWC Spitfire chrono 3717 which ran about $5k (more or less bottom of IWC's pricing).......

    ..... and I LOVE it!

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    I have only one significant (IMO) thought on that.

    Some brands, like TAG Heuer for example, go from standard ETA movements up to some pretty sweet in-house movements for not a whole lot more money.

    I'm not an in-house snob by any means, but I think observing those trends within a brand will tell you a lot about low-end vs high-end when you ponder a brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWII70 View Post
    I have no problem going low-end in the range. I have the IWC Spitfire chrono 3717 which ran about $5k (more or less bottom of IWC's pricing).......

    ..... and I LOVE it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobotAZ View Post
    I have only one significant (IMO) thought on that.

    Some brands, like TAG Heuer for example, go from standard ETA movements up to some pretty sweet in-house movements for not a whole lot more money.

    I'm not an in-house snob by any means, but I think observing those trends within a brand will tell you a lot about low-end vs high-end when you ponder a brand.
    RobotAZ is right, 3717 has a modified 7750 but a Valjoux nonetheless. Although it is far and away my most consistently accurate piece.........
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    With every acquisition, there are limits either in pricing or in production (i.e., limited number available).

    Watches are much more easier to acquire than, say, art, where there is just one of each creation. At some level, you find peace with what you can and cannot get, and move on.

    There are many watches that I could potentially buy but choose not to, for a variety of personal reasons. Ultimately, it's a question of justifying my decisions to myself, and I think as long as you are happy with your purchase, you are in a good place.

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    Yeh I have one, the Speedmaster 3510.50. Now Ive been around watch forums long enough to know a lot Omega people look down their nose at this one. Doesn't worry me though - its a super watch in in its own right and even though its entry level Omega, its pretty cool in my book.

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    I wouldn't call a Speedy an entry level Omega.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Montaigne View Post
    I wouldn't call a Speedy an entry level Omega.
    It is interesting that the basic Speedy Pro is much loved but could on one level be considered the entry point to the Speedmaster collection.
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