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Five Common Mistakes Watch Rookies Make… and How To Avoid Them

Categories Watches

  1. About to embark on the world of watch-owning? Here are some things you should know beforehand.

Thinking price equals quality

“Price means more complications, and more complications means a better watch” — many brands will advertise their timepiece’s parts count, but more complications makes things, well, more complicated when a string of service bills start stacking up. And don’t expect admirers to fawn over your watch just because it had a whopping big price tag attached to it — buy a piece that’s right for you.

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Settling for something too small

On the other end of the scale, don’t try and save money by purchasing a watch that’s too small for you — you’re forking out your hard-earned so make sure you’re buying something you’ll absolutely fall in love with. A case diameter of 38mm is too small for many Australian men and veers into jewellery territory, so save a little more and go for a 40 or 42mm. Of course, there are plenty of muscular options up to 46mm and even 48mm but you need the wrist to wear it… and avoid looking like 50 Cent in a circa 2003 music video.

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Sneer at big spenders

Speaking of money, don’t dismiss owners of mega-luxury watches as investors who never actually wear and enjoy their timepieces. If they spend hours researching their passion then shell out serious coin at auction for a collector’s item, they’re genuine watch people who know what they’re doing. And don’t assume every big bidder is a brand adding to their private collection or museum — this isn’t that common, because brands only go out of their way to secure historically significant pieces.

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Dissing Rolex

Even people who know nothing about watches know Rolex, like how non-soccer fans know David Beckham and non-car aficionados know Ferrari. When you learn a little more, though, you realise there are more way more expensive watches than a Rolex . . . but if the repair bills start rolling in or you sell your piece for a fraction of what you paid for it, you realise a good old reliable Rolex isn’t so bad after all. Rolex has its reputation for a reason: their pieces have been built to last for more than a century.

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Calling it a ‘deployment’ buckle

. . . rather than a ‘deployant’ buckle. Google and it you’ll see dozens of online arguments over the correct way to spell this style of clasp. Trust us, it’s deployant buckle — a translation of the French ‘boucle déployante’, meaning folding clasp.

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