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    Which comes first? Design or Movement?

    I've been thinking about this lately because I seem to have shifted in my way of thinking about the watches I buy and sell. When you think about the next watch to buy or sell, do you base the decision on the design/type of watch? Or do you think about a movement?

    When I first started acquiring watches, I based my decisions entirely on the design of the watch. I didn't really care about what movement was powering it.

    Lately, I have been putting more thought into what powers the watch and then looking for watches that have such a movement. And when it comes to selling a watch, I am more likely to look at watches with duplicitous movements to sell rather than a watch with a unique movement.

    I am finding that I am initially attracted to the design, but in the long term, it is mostly the movement that keeps me interested in a watch. For example, my 2824 powered watches don't seem to stick around, but less common movements stay in the collection much longer.

    So how does the design/movement affect your collection?

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    To me, it's always a balance between both variables: design and movement. However, in theory, and if forced to choose, the design would come first.

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    It's movement for me. And if I was forced to choose, I'd say "Shoot me, but I'm not buying this!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    To me, it's always a balance between both variables: design and movement. However, in theory, and if forced to choose, the design would come first.
    Pretty much sums up my thoughts.

    Interesting to hear about the 2824's, for me it is the 7750 that tend to not stick around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase View Post
    Pretty much sums up my thoughts.

    Interesting to hear about the 2824's, for me it is the 7750 that tend to not stick around.
    My 7750s don't stick around either. Of the 4 mechanical chronographs I have right now, only one of them is a 7750. I am simply not a fan of it.

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    Design. I'm not uninterested in movements, but really just see them as a power source, whether mechanical or quartz. I prefer some movements to others but only in terms of efficiency.

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    Absolutely 100% movement. Choose a movement I want, then choose the best looking watch with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    To me, it's always a balance between both variables: design and movement. However, in theory, and if forced to choose, the design would come first.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR
    To me, it's always a balance between both variables: design and movement. However, in theory, and if forced to choose, the design would come first.
    Same here. I've read several times of people refusing to have multiple copies of the same movement in their collection - that wouldn't work for me. We have a few very different watches powered by the same movement:

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    MKII Quad10

    All four feature Eta Cal.2824-2 movements. There are more examples i my collection, but you get the idea.

    Would be a fun idea to start threads, one per movement, and gather pictures of all / very different watches powered by that movement
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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    To me, it's always a balance between both variables: design and movement. However, in theory, and if forced to choose, the design would come first.
    Yes, pretty much this exactly for me as well.

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