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Until the other day, this hadn't happened to me for a really long time, and while I've never said anything out loud, I caught myself in a watch snob-like situation with a colleague. Granted it was one thought of that watch looks so ugly and I would never own such a watch, it made me wonder if others find themselves doing similar things.
 

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Admit it - you don't like Mr Ugly Watch in the first place, do you?


But yes I have. (But not with people I like)
 

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all the time and I don't really hide it so much, half the time it's serious half the time I'm just messing around.
 

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Yes and no. Anytime I find myself expressing my views/ideas without considering as much as possible the place in which my audience find themselves, many members of which may have a vastly different view of and experience with the world in general than I, that sort of thing is almost inevitably going to happen. At the immediate moment it may not seem that way to me, but shortly thereafter, I might realize that's how I came across. I can't lie; no matter how self-circumspect one is, it's very hard to catch that sort of thing, especially when one knows in one's heart of hearts that one didn't intend it.

If a "fly on the wall" observer heard some of the conversations my watchie friends and I have, or if that "fly" read some of our email discussions, I'm pretty sure they'd think us incredibly snobbish. If that same observer asked any one of us for recommendations, I'm quite sure they wouldn't find any uppityness in what we say. If, on the other hand, a person asks us what we think of one or more of their watches, how snobby we'd be thought would depend on several variables such as:
  • our mood that day/moment,
  • how much we mask our accent -- our accent is one that isn't much heard in 21st century America, but it was desirable in years long gone (...it's crazy that folks will think "things" due to an accent, but some sure do...),
  • how diplomatic we were in sharing our opinion,
  • the watch itself,
  • what we think/know is the inquirer's motive for asking,
  • whether we have the watch in question and if so what we think of it,
  • whether we thought about buying that watch and decided against it,
  • what alternatives there might be,
  • the age and (life and/or watch-related) experience level that we observe in the inquirer,
  • other stuff...the list of factors is potentially quite long....

Of myself and my watchie cabal, I don't think any of is a snob about much of anything, really. We are each very self-confident, successful, opinionated and frank individuals. I think for folks like us, it's not hard to be thought of as a snob from time to time. It's something that's very easy to have happen when one is dealing with strangers or casual acquaintances who aren't part of one's "inner circle," and who may come from and live in a very different "reality" then we do.

I personally try not to be thought of that way, but, sure, I've been aware that sometimes the things I say may seem that way to others. It happens. I don't worry too much about, and if called out on it, I'll try to make amends as best I can, or as much as I'm willing to given the circumstances.

All the best.
 
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Isn't every post we all post here us being watch snobs?
 

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I AM a watch snob, as are we all here, even those who deny it. But I don't act like a snob in polite company, nor do I say disparaging things about others' watches, unless someone is being an jacka$$ or has shown a legitimate interest in my opinion.
 

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I AM a watch snob, as are we all here, even those who deny it. But I don't act like a snob in polite company, nor do I say disparaging things about others' watches, unless someone is being an jacka$$ or has shown a legitimate interest in my opinion.
By what stretch of the imagination is that going to be so?

If you are going to reply that having a preference or opinion is necessarily snobbish, I'm gonna refute that assertion.

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I think being a watch snob is part of the fun of being a watch enthusiast. It is a hobby where knowledge of incalculably small petty facts can be leveraged into the most shameless grandstanding and it's all plenty of fun.

The trick is to not take yourself or this hobby too seriously. The problem lies when one believes everything one thinks smells faintly of roses.
 

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I think being a watch snob is part of the fun of being a watch enthusiast. It is a hobby where knowledge of incalculably small petty facts can be leveraged into the most shameless grandstanding and it's all plenty of fun.

The trick is to not take yourself or this hobby too seriously. The problem lies when one believes everything one thinks smells faintly of roses.
What? Are you suggesting I dispose of these...



...before I give away that watch I bought a few months back and really don't like all that much? <winks>

On a more serious note, I don't think being a snob is fun for the snob, in the long run, or in the near term for the folks who must endure him/her.

All the best.
 

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All the time, but in a nice/good way in my mind (oxymoron-ish I know) which is the only thing that really matters . . . .
 

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I think doggbiter makes a good point about us all being watch snobs, I say this because I've seen threads for certain brands on here where a person will say something they don't like about that brand and why they wouldn't buy it, so they purposely clicked on that thread just to make an off color statement, seems kind of snobbish to me. I do not like all watch brands, designs, size preferences etc. so if someone likes a particular style that I don't like and they ask my opinion it could come off as snobbish, not to mention, I have seen some people in public wearing watches that in my head I scoff at, again snobbish and I'm sure we all do that, the difference is some of us on here admit to it. Either way, it is irrelevant as watches in my opinion, are a reflection of one's self and a personal statement. So embrace your inner snob!
 

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I think doggbiter makes a good point about us all being watch snobs, I say this because I've seen threads for certain brands on here where a person will say something they don't like about that brand and why they wouldn't buy it, so they purposely clicked on that thread just to make an off color statement, seems kind of snobbish to me. I do not like all watch brands, designs, size preferences etc. so if someone likes a particular style that I don't like and they ask my opinion it could come off as snobbish, not to mention, I have seen some people in public wearing watches that in my head I scoff at, again snobbish and I'm sure we all do that, the difference is some of us on here admit to it. Either way, it is irrelevant as watches in my opinion, are a reflection of one's self and a personal statement. So embrace your inner snob!

I've done that... I knew exactly what I was doing, but people are asking for opinions on if they should buy XXX brand and I have no problem telling them the brand sucks, it's a public service in my mind :) Completely up to them to agree with me or not but at least I can say I did my part ;)
 

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Cannot say that I have. There are so few people around me with a watch interest, I often find myself taking a keen interest in (and sparking conversation over) watches that would probably be scoffed at by most on here......just to be able to converse about watches.
 

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yes sometimes I have, and I felt guilty about later. But it isn't really about the watches, but the specific person and their general attitude towards others.
 
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