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. For now, let the Watch Snob reign.
I received a Bulgari Ergon EG40BSSD as a gift from my boss. My dilemma is that I really hate this watch. I sure it a nice watch and all, but I really hate it with the name stamped on it. Since this isn a crappy $50 sweater from my girlfriend, what is the proper etiquette on receiving a watch you don want as a gift? I wear two Casio G-Shocks and a Timex stopwatch at work (I can sense the bile building up, but I a commodities trader; thus, I have to be able to look at my wrist in a split second and see two time zones, and count down time, so it work-related).
So, I can get away with not wearing it at work. My personal watch is a Rolex Datejust I received as a college graduation gift, and I love it and wear it after business hours. And my only after-hours interaction with my boss is dinner and drinks about once a month, and racquetball also about once a month. So, I think I can get away with it there too. Please help -- can I unload this thing? This leads me to my next question: If I can, how do I sell it? eBay? Thanks for any info.
That quite a pickle you in there, my friend. First, let me say you have a generous if slightly misguided boss. My recommendation on how to expel the Bulgari is to avoid a simple cash sale; to me, that seems classless and disrespectful to your superior. Instead, appeal to his inner Gordon Gecko. Find someone who has an absolutely epic watch, one that will increase in value over the next few years, and make a trade. That way, when he sees you wearing a vintage Patek Philippe or Rolex instead of the tasteless Bulgari, you can say that you were offered a deal you couldn refuse. No trader I know would fault you for fake rolex watches making a deal like that.
I currently a college student studying to be a mechanical engineer. I looking to spend about $4,000 on a watch that can take a beating and, due to the nature of my work, be pretty resistant to magnetic fields. I was looking at Rolex Milgauss model, but I was curious if you had any other suggestions.
You may be one of a baker dozens worth of people on the planet to actually require an anti-magnetic watch. You don have many options, although most sport watches do have a certain level of anti-magnetic properties inherently. If you are set on buying a true anti-magnetic piece, the obvious choice would be a Rolex Milgauss, as you state. If you are buying a new one, look for the model with green tinted glass, as that is the version sought by collectors. Three years ago, Sheamus and I spent a weekend running around London trying to track one down for less than half of double retail.
Today, you can find them for less, but the Breitling watches green glass is definitely the way to go. The mainstream alternative to the Rolex is the IWC Ingenieur, which actually predates the Milgauss. is of course French for so, it is a fitting title for what was designed as the original engineer watch. An interesting choice may be to find a vintage Ingenieur or Milgauss, to differentiate yourself slightly. A less expensive option is the GrandSeiko Antimagnetic, which should run you about half the price of either Swiss variant and provide you with the same protection. However, as I said before and I say again, why buy anything Japanese when the Swiss do it so much better?
question from a watch knob My friend has an Omega Seamaster that he claims can go one mile below the ocean surface -- is he right? If yes, what is the point, because people can even go that deep, right?
Something tells me neither you nor your friend have done much detective work. Every diving watch in the history of diving watches has a depth rating printed right on the dial; look at it. There are numerous watches that are capable of going to a mile down, although I don recall an Omega capable of going that deep. What is the point? Well, what is the point of a Bugatti Veyron that can do 250 mph if there are no roads in the world that can handle it? Also, a mile down is really nothing compared to the 20,000 FT from CX Swiss Military and the Rolex Deepsea. It is in any engineer DNA to attempt to build the most advanced device possible, whether it be a car, a cell phone or a watch. Besides, life is a competition, and if you want to come out on top, you best be prepared with the coolest stuff around.
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