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You know, the watch you researched, stared at, found picture after picture, ordered it...then it arrives and it just doesn't ring the bell for you.

Or it could be your impulsive purchase. The one you knew little about, pulled the trigger on a whim, and it turned out a little research would have saved you from that purchase.

If you dare to share it, I think we'd all love to see how much you lost on the eventual resale of that underwhelming timepiece. Because, you know, we've all been there -- and to see others endure the same is always comforting! :)
 

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Suunto Core Aluminum. I'd really been into Suunto watches for a while, but when I took delivery, it was a little too shiny and felt cheap on the wrist. My G-Shock feels cheap too, but it was cheap, so that's okay. I flipped it within a week.
 

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Traser (Navigator) and Luminox (3000 series). Had both at different times. Nice designs, and I gave them a fair chance, but neither felt like a £200 watch - more like £50 if I'm being generous. Both had Ronda movements that seemed OK on paper but also felt cheap and nasty and wouldn't allow the seconds hand to be set on the minute marker. Would never buy another. Way overpriced IMO. Gave them both away eventually.
 

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Before I even knew the difference between an automatic and quartz watch, I bought a Burberry brown dialed quartz watch for $500, $400 after opening up a Macy's credit card... I still wear it, as embarrassed as I am, because now I don't have the money just yet to buy what I really want, now that I have a better appreciation for watches. ugh....
 

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Before I even knew the difference between an automatic and quartz watch, I bought a Burberry brown dialed quartz watch for $500, $400 after opening up a Macy's credit card... I still wear it, as embarrassed as I am, because now I don't have the money just yet to buy what I really want, now that I have a better appreciation for watches. ugh....
Ouch.

I will say though...while that is a lot to drop on a department store quartz, at least it's sapphire crystal and SWISS quartz movement.
 

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The Casio guys love the Mudman, but the buttons are so stiff they're nearly impossible to push, it was less accurate than most of my mechanical watches, not all that easy to read and it had all the typical Casio confusing features that nobody uses. So to double down on my foolish impulse, I bought a "Rescue" G-Shock with the reverse display. Tip: don't ever buy a G-Shock with a reverse display, if you want to ever read anything on the watch face.


 

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Rolex Date Just...easily my most regrettable purchase. Bought it when I first started doing well in business, because, well, everybody seems to buy a Rolex when they start doing well. Owned it for a few years before I really started to study and learn about watch differences. Realized I had bought into the marketing hype and that Rolex is more name than quality, IMO.

Sold it and lost a few bucks. Will never own another.
 

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This is a fun idea …

A KHS Mission Timer automatic.

i wanted a "good beater." In my mind, that meant: A robust case. 200m resistance to handle most anything. Sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Crown guards. A Swiss automatic movement (but would also have been happy with a wind-up). And a rotating bezel. The real kicker, though, was this: I wanted a super-duper, easy-to-read dial and tritium.

Yup. Tritium. I'd never heard of Lum-Tec at the time, and for the record, I still think the tritium is fabulous when its creepy-dark.

This had all the right specs. The problem? BAD WATCH. How can it be a bad watch if it meets all the specs, you ask? Excellent question.

Quick answer: It stops telling time.

Longer answer: Poor craftsmanship (or, no real attention being paid in the design phase, either way), means that the second hand is too close to the minute hand, and so — periodically, and who knows when or exactly why — it sticks to the tritium vial and the movement stops. So I wake in the night and am delighted to see I have two hours left to sleep only to learn that A) I don't and B) I am out $500 on a BAD WATCH.

I'm having it fixed (again) for about $30 and I told the guy to just rip off the second hand if it gives him any lip. I can't sell it (not in good faith), and I tried to return it and they didn't even receive the package! I know I got the right address because I was in correspondence with them until I actually sent it, then radio silence …

I'm past it now. But I'm sticking with used, good stuff rather that new bad stuff.

d.
 

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+1 on the Casio. I needed (wanted) a sturdy digital quartzer to bang around and keep accurate time for my 3 autos. Found a deal on a digital Casio World Timer /10 year battery at WalMart. Got rave reviews on Amazon. I spent 2 hours reading the manual and making sure its telling me the correct time Kuala Lampur. 2 days later I find out its gained 4 seconds. Which isn't as good as the Seiko 5 auto sitting next to it. For all the hype shoveled on Casio, I was disappointed.

Meanwhile, my Timex weekender quartz is still +0 after a month. Lesson: All quartzes are not the same, apparently.



The Casio guys love the Mudman, but the buttons are so stiff they're nearly impossible to push, it was less accurate than most of my mechanical watches, not all that easy to read and it had all the typical Casio confusing features that nobody uses. So to double down on my foolish impulse, I bought a "Rescue" G-Shock with the reverse display. Tip: don't ever buy a G-Shock with a reverse display, if you want to ever read anything on the watch face.


 

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Slightly OT, as it was not a single watch, but a manufacturer, and it took a while.

For some reason, in the last couple of months in 2008, I went nuts for Panerai. Read up on the company, haunted the forums, ogled the pictures. Ended up buying three, almost on top of each other:

An 024, which I seem to have lost the pics to, plus the following:





I had boxes, tools, and straps galore.

Then, while putting on an Omega Seamaster one morning, I realized that I had worn that particular watch three times since I had worn any of the Panerai. I didn't -- and still don't -- know exactly what happened, but I just didn't see them as special anymore.

Ah, well. They did find a good home, thanks to E-Bay.
 

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Once I bought a watch by one of the micro brew brands on a whim, only to get disappointed. Not gonna tell the name because it's actually a good watch and I don't want to give any bad rep to it. Its size was the disappointment - at 44mm it looks too large on my wrist, to my taste. So now it's just sitting in a box, not getting any wrist time, brand new and scratch free.
 

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The Movado Museum watch that I'm currently selling. It was a fantastic watch but completly didn't feet me or my personal style. Infact, I never wore it once, so that speaks for itself.

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Rolex Date Just...easily my most regrettable purchase. Bought it when I first started doing well in business, because, well, everybody seems to buy a Rolex when they start doing well. Owned it for a few years before I really started to study and learn about watch differences. Realized I had bought into the marketing hype and that Rolex is more name than quality, IMO.

Sold it and lost a few bucks. Will never own another.
So you bought a watch based on the "Everyone does it" hype, found out about the "Rolex is over marketed" hype and sold it.

Was there actually anything you didn't like about the watch?


My most disappointing purchase was the King-G with negative display.
It's just big to be big and being made of plastic lacks the heft it's size lends me to believe it should have. The negative display is also very hard to read.

-Neb
 

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:-( My Rainer Nienaber - King Size Date, it looked great in pictures and still does, from a distance. It
was a tossup against a Temption Olmypic and sadly the Olmypic is out of production now. Dial work
is right out of the woodshed, this dial really looks 'handmade', it looks like a prototype. For those
who brag around here of never having used their warranty, twice the first year and it had only a 1 year
warranty. It's the best regulated watch I have right now and it's due for service, the two disc date
wheel should be interesting for my watchmaker and that looks like it was done with a cheap cutter
and stencil, but all in all I love that baby and I've had it for 11 years. The info I first got was there
were only 50 made of this model. Plus there were tweezer marks on the hands! :-|
 

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G-Shock 5600 Real Black with Negative display. Real since looking piece even compare with other 5600 today but I was having trouble read digits in regular day light. I heard regular negative display is great improve now days but I would not buy another one with neg display.
 

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This is a fun idea …

A KHS Mission Timer automatic.

i wanted a "good beater." In my mind, that meant: A robust case. 200m resistance to handle most anything. Sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Crown guards. A Swiss automatic movement (but would also have been happy with a wind-up). And a rotating bezel. The real kicker, though, was this: I wanted a super-duper, easy-to-read dial and tritium.

Yup. Tritium. I'd never heard of Lum-Tec at the time, and for the record, I still think the tritium is fabulous when its creepy-dark.

This had all the right specs. The problem? BAD WATCH. How can it be a bad watch if it meets all the specs, you ask? Excellent question.

Quick answer: It stops telling time.

Longer answer: Poor craftsmanship (or, no real attention being paid in the design phase, either way), means that the second hand is too close to the minute hand, and so — periodically, and who knows when or exactly why — it sticks to the tritium vial and the movement stops. So I wake in the night and am delighted to see I have two hours left to sleep only to learn that A) I don't and B) I am out $500 on a BAD WATCH.

I'm having it fixed (again) for about $30 and I told the guy to just rip off the second hand if it gives him any lip. I can't sell it (not in good faith), and I tried to return it and they didn't even receive the package! I know I got the right address because I was in correspondence with them until I actually sent it, then radio silence …

I'm past it now. But I'm sticking with used, good stuff rather that new bad stuff.

d.
I laughed out loud at this post. Very funny! Sorry the watch sucks so much.

s.
 
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Little off topic, but I am disappointed in the quality of straps (leather) that come on an number of Hamilton watches. The watches themselves are very high quality, but their straps leave something to be desired. Cheap feeling and they look very worn after only minimal use. You would expect that if you drop $500 or so on a watch it would have a good quality strap attached to it as well.

I have replaced the straps on every Hamilton I have owned and never regretted it. Tissot sometimes has this issue as well but not to the level of Hamilton in my experience.
 

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My most disappointing purchase: a late 1970s IWC Kompassuhr. This is the black aluminum watch where the case opens to reveal a liquid compass and mirror. Wonderfully engineered. Great dial. Kept great time despite unknown service history. Got it and immediately felt pangs of regret. Aluminum bracelet was flimsy with a fussy clasp. The aluminum while light didn't have the solidity of titanium. The compass seemed more gadgety than useful. The dial would have been perfect on another sturdier heavier watch but that was about it. I ended up selling it a big loss a few weeks later. I realized I don't have the resources to collect "interesting" watches for occasional use. All my watches have to be suitable for daily use. Lesson learned.
 
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