Do you think there is a "age-suited" watches or brands?
For example, if you see a 15 year old middle school kid wearing a Rolex, would you feel "Hey nice watch!" or be more like "My god. Can't believe this is happening... He's like a baby but already a watch snob (SMH)" ? Cuz if it was me I would be more like the latter.
From where I'm from, Tissot and Hamilton, along with Citizen and Seiko, are the most popular brand that the public generally accepts as "suited for teenagers" brand. Starting from high school few starts to wear a TAG. From mid-twenties and up, people start wearing Omega. I think this concept is only in my home country, but there is something called the "marriage watch". When a couple gets married, they collect money from bride's side and husband's side, and they buy a watch to "celebrate" their marriage. More than 50% of people tend to go Omega Seamaster, closely followed by some Rolex Submariner and TAG Aquaracer. And usually, this is the only "expensive watch" they buy in their whole life.
Anyways, getting back to the topic, I'm just a young student in his early 20s and I'm having hard time choosing my first "real" watch, since I returned my last one within a week after purchase. I have about $2,000 budget, or up to $4,000 if I use all of my savings, and within my search for new & pre-owned, there were brands like TAG, Longines, Frederique Constant, Maurice Lacroix, Carl. F. Bucherer, IWC, Omega, Zenith, Eterna, Ebel, Raymond Weil, Perrelet, etc etc.
But since I hate "popular" brands, I shortened the list to Carl. F. Bucherer, Zenith, Ebel, Eterna, Perrelet, and Raymond Weil; somehow I became a huge fan of RW but looking at how the brand was kinda degraded here in WUS, and from this particular member called Watchbreath who seemd to be pretty knowledgeable about their watches, it influenced me in this psychological way that I started to think that I shouldn't get them. Well, the reason why I liked RW was
1. Huge discounts from even an AD
2. Relatively speaking, not that well-known to public, which is a huge plus for me. This is especially true in my country (although I see that in U.S. RW is a bit more publicized)
3. There are lots of people saying that the brand level is low, but in general most of them tend to agree that in terms of built quality they are pretty descent, and the one I'm looking at has a movement based from ETA 2892-A2, which seems pretty reliable.
4. They are family-owned and is independent company, which kinda feels special.
But during my search, I found out that Carl. F. Bucherer fits most of the criteria above as well. I was kind of ready to settle down on RW, but considering that, I'm starting to get more interested in CFB. And I keep on having this tendency to look after Omega, TAG, and IWC as well, thinking that "people will look down on me if I buy something from a brand that is not respected..." which is NOT RIGHT, I know, usually people I meet in real life won't even notice, but you have to admit that somewhere deep in a young student's mind it is only natural for him to have this kind of thoughts.
Buying lower end model from higher end company, for the purpose of "brand name - show off" + resale value, or buying higher end model from lower end company that I like.... Huge dilemma here. Of course, under the premise that I like the designs of both brands, so I'm not asking for the typical "buy the watch that speaks to you!" because their "speaking to me" level is pretty much similar.
And this is where the original question came up in my mind. Am I over thinking this too much? A young student with no income, from a family who's not THAT rich, spending more than $1000 for a watch? Some of my friends think I'm crazy for buying a watch over $200. My family was shocked as well, and they were like "when I was your age.. I bought a $20 watch and used it for 10 years". I just regret I was introduced to the world of watches. A month ago I didn't know what quartz or automatics were, and now I spent last 2 weeks LITERALLY waking up, turning on pc, search about watches, eat lunch, search more, eat dinner, search more, and the clock already says 4 am. I got addicted in a really bad way; can't focus on my studies, or my LIFE.
Seems like WUS members are usually much older than me, so let me ask this. When you were my age (college student), how much would you have spent max for a watch? Is buying an expensive watch an unneeded luxury for my age? Can you understand what I'm going through? What do you suggest I do?
Thank you so much for reading, and love.