As much as it pains me to say it, for most people out there, spending anything more than a few hundred dollars for a wristwatch is a faintly absurd idea. However as I'm sure most people reading this will agree once you get bitten by the particularly costly watch bug, all of a sudden the rationale around what a "reasonable" sum of money is for a new timepiece suddenly escalates greatly. It's a predicament that a good friend of mine finds himself in at the moment. Just a few short months ago he thought the notion of paying anything close to a grand for a wristwatch was plain batty. And then, at a house party one evening, he saw my Longines HydroConquest, and he couldn't stop staring at it. I let him wear it for the rest of the night, and any further attempts made by him to remain social that evening flew out the window. His eyes stayed glued to the watch. What happened next to my friend is what perennially happens to anyone when they find themselves going down the horological rabbit hole for the first time. Hours, maybe even days, were lost on the…

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