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Thoughts on buying your first mechanical watch?

Posted on November 09 2016

There comes a point in time when we all set our mind to purchase our first real watch, and then comes the common questions we normally get from first time buyers are: what kind of watch should I get? Will I make money from the watch? Few aspect to look into such as the brand, movement and history. Generally, if you select by brand, you will never go wrong with the names of Rolex, Panerai and Audemars Piguet. All great brand and will definitely be an eye-catcher to those who are not well verse with watches.

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If by movement (this is very interesting), you start learning about the built and development done the each of the watch movement by the manufacturer. Brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Zenith and Omega are fantastic movement makers but the resale value doesn’t hold up. They are more for collectors who appreciate the movement done by the brands.

By history or story telling, this is something I personally fancy when purchasing a watch. To have a watch with a good brand and movement is one thing; but having a watch with a story to tell is another. Everybody can have that one particular good watch but what are the chances of you meeting something who can tell you a story or history about that watch? For example, I have an Omega Speedmaster Mitsukoshi 3570.50; this is a rare speedmaster domino dial that was released in of Japan most famous department stores. Only 300 was released in the Japan market and was sold out immediately. Long story short, it is a rare Omega Speedmaster that was only available in the secondary market for purchase outside of Japan and I was lucky enough to find one.

Sure there are plenty of advertisements around to help us make our choices, but what I suggest is that you read more detail into what you plan on purchasing. It could be for the brand, movement complication or history of the watch.

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