If I am ever running with the "Manhattan elite" I'd walk out in front of a taxi. What a miserable group of people that looks at someone and judges them as "tacky" based on what they are wearing on their wrist. I'll stick to my middle of nowhere part of the country where people don't judge others based on something so insignificant and valueless in life as a watch.Because most Steinhart "homages" aren't copies (excepting the Sub homage) and most Steinharts have unique design elements. If you don't do Steinhart, you wouldn't know this.
That aside, you would have to be in rare horological company for anyone to think your X, Y, or Z Steinhart is "tacky." If you are running with the Manhattan elite, then perhaps. Or if you are attending a Swiss watch convention in Monte Carlo, may be.
But otherwise, the only people who think it would be "tacky" are the ritual purist, brand driven watch snobs who comically appear in threads like this to police their fantasy, class-driven boundaries.
I like watches. I mean that's why I am here, right? But some of the snobbery on this forum makes me think about just selling the few swiss pieces I have, grabbing a Timex and just being happy with that.
No wonder these large corporate companies in the world treat their lower level employees like such crap and act like elitists. Look no further than some of the opinions on this forum and you'll understand why. These are the people running these companies...