I Miss the Good Old Days When Watches Were Not Hyped Up As Much

Jan 07, 2021,13:29 PM

It was only a few short years ago when these were readily available in boutiques with small discounts. 

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That is mesmerizing!

 By: ArmisE : January 7th, 2021-13:32
Nicely captured shot.


 By: watchbiao : January 7th, 2021-14:09

Same here.

 By: amanico : January 7th, 2021-13:34

Who knows...

 By: amanico : January 7th, 2021-22:34

Demand grew, supply did not.

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : January 7th, 2021-13:56

Trends and fashion will eventually change, so perhaps one day SS sports watches won't be as desirable...

 By: watchbiao : January 7th, 2021-14:26
Perhaps one day we go back to dressing up and wearing dress watches, or oversized watches, gold watches, futuristic designs, etc. Who knows... But in the near term with interest rates low, governments printing money, liquidity in the markets and people tr... 

Miss these days too

 By: Bruno.M1 : January 7th, 2021-13:39
Cause I can’t get the RO lol For me it’s not difficult to get most hard to get pieces, so I have no right to complain Great connections if I want the Daytona’s, Pepsi, nautilus, journe, omega snoopy ..... but I have no AP connection... damn 😉

We can't have everything haha

 By: watchbiao : January 7th, 2021-14:16

Thank You

 By: watchbiao : January 7th, 2021-14:31
I agree some brands (mostly the ones not in a big group) have learned how to play the desirability "game". It seems like more and more things we buy are FOMO'ed and fought over because they resell for more on the secondary market (sneakers, streetwear, ha... 

Indeed, sad that they're gone

 By: watchbiao : January 7th, 2021-14:33

Love this AP - simple and classic

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : January 7th, 2021-15:01

I (kind of) regret not picking one of those back in 2012 when they were launched

 By: Boris : January 7th, 2021-19:23
I saw them several times at the AP shop on Orchard road, in Singapore where I was living at the time, almost pulled the trigger and then relented. There were more important things happening at that time in my life. I still have small regrets about this, a... 


 By: Lankysudanese : January 7th, 2021-20:58

$4k would be on the high side, if replacement parts are required

 By: Boris : January 7th, 2021-21:54
But check out their service price on their website. Movement service for a RO Ultrathin: CHF 1,150 Refinishing (case + bracelet): CHF 350 Water Resistance for a RO: CHF 400 Total: CHF 1,900 which is roughly $2,100 and that's just for a routine service wit... 

Is the 350 CHF for case+bracelet refinishing for their famous laser welding technique...

 By: Lankysudanese : January 7th, 2021-22:04
...which supposedly involves depositing extra metal and then polishing it down for it to be flush with unpolished parts? Or would I be mistaken in thinking that AP does that?

I don't know for sure

 By: Boris : January 8th, 2021-07:46
But seeing how thin the case and bracelet like are, and how deep the brushed finish is, one has to think they have to use laser welding to add metal back before they refinish the watch.


 By: watchbiao : January 8th, 2021-12:12

It's ironic...

 By: Ruffian : January 8th, 2021-02:30
...that this sentiment is being expressed in the very place that has, in no small way, contributed to the popularity of watch collecting, and the associated rise in demand. All of us are guilty!

You have to be a watch guy to come to this site.

 By: Lankysudanese : January 8th, 2021-08:16
You don’t have to be a watch guy to be targeted by Instagram suggestions of watch influencers all wearing the same 4-5 types of watches. If anything, this site taught me to appreciate variety and diversity


 By: watchbiao : January 8th, 2021-12:16

Don’t get me wrong

 By: Ruffian : January 8th, 2021-13:58
My comment wasn’t a slight against this site. Apologies if it came across that way. What I was getting at is, we (enthusiasts, whether Purists or people who are on Ig) are the cause of the price increase. We can’t get away from that fact. The more posts t... 

Very very true.

 By: Lankysudanese : January 8th, 2021-14:05
Hopefully, with more money going into the watch industry, more goes into R&D so that they can continue to offer us amazing watches, as opposed to restricting supply and creating ghost waitlists to increase the hype.

Me too.

 By: MichaelC : January 8th, 2021-05:21

I wish we could go back!

 By: watchbiao : January 8th, 2021-12:17

100% agree

 By: hans_jorgen_1968 : January 8th, 2021-10:23
I still remember when I was bargaining on a new watch in Melbourne while I was living there. When we agreed on the price I said: , and by the way I need it duty free as well as I am flying out of the country I bought the watch at a very heavy discount.. T... 

Thank you!

 By: watchbiao : January 11th, 2021-21:28

Thank you

 By: watchbiao : January 11th, 2021-21:28