I mean everything affects everything so in that sense yes and no. Apparently people said that the treasury selling off its silver dollar holdings at face valueback in the 60s ruined the coin collecting hobby due all the uneducated buyers it attracted and the general buzz around coin collecting. But people still collect coins at every level, so it's hard to say anything was ruined.I've always felt that at the heart of every "is it real" or "I found this at a garage sale" or I inherited this from my uncle" thread there was an episode of the Antiques Roadshow that convinced the OP that he may have struck it rich and that every old watch is equivalent to a lottery win.
Most of us know that's not true, but for the average garage sale enthusiast have these shows mislead them in the "possible" value of watches?
I also wonder if relatively cheap, common watches have escalated in value because people will bid them up at auction thinking an old Bulova is an excellent "investment" piece because it's vintage and they recognize the name.
I go no problem with people showing their collections or even valuing them. Also informative talks to real experts/dealers.Everyone commenting negatively on YouTube and people who make videos. But you forget that people like this allow the younger generation (myself included) a sight into collecting watches. YouTube is the News for us young ones. I frequently YouTube reviews on watches to see what others are saying. Taking into consideration a lot are paid for reviews but it allows an in depth view of the watch if you don't have a local AD. Also giving an update to releases of new watches to those who aren't part of a forum.
On the whole the watches appearing on the AR have something exceptional about them, the dross is weeded out by an army of researchers before reaching the expert. Apart from highlighting that there are a few exceptional watches out there I don’t think it impacts on the hobby.I've always felt that at the heart of every "is it real" or "I found this at a garage sale" or I inherited this from my uncle" thread there was an episode of the Antiques Roadshow that convinced the OP that he may have struck it rich and that every old watch is equivalent to a lottery win.
With my new combi boiler I don’t even have a water tank to take to the AR.I went on the antiques roadshow once.
I showed my item to the presenter telling him that it had been in my loft for many generations!!
He took one look at it and said…….that’s your water tank mate.
I've found I can't enjoy the hobby like I used to because anytime I have the opportunity to talk watches with people, they can only talk about the money/value/investment side of things. That to me is completely uninteresting.curious...how has the hobby been ruined for you? you have an AP, PP and 2 rolex...whatsa matter...not enjoying them?
Hum, the family was spotted last night purchasing duct tape, plastic garbage bags, and a gallon of antifreeze ........Every episode that has a watch(s) are usually some super rare examples.
On one episode, Grandpa wasn't even dead yet and the family was trying to get them appraised. After they found out the watches were worth something. These two ladies get all giddy. Even though the watches were not theirs. Gramps was still alive and there was no mention of him even knowing his stash was on TV.
I mean really no different than anything on TV everything is opinion based even the news. Everyone has their take on everything and will spin it in whatever way suits them. For example this forum asking if AR damaged watch collecting. Nothing to back the question or answers.I go no problem with people showing their collections or even valuing them. Also informative talks to real experts/dealers.
The gutter trash videos are the ones about which watch is better than what watch and which watches you shouldn't buy and the ones you should - where there is zero substance behind it.