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The Watch Snob is in

You may think you know watches, but let’s be real — you just don’t. Let me, a true horological aficionado, enlighten your plebeian minds as to what makes a real watch, what you should wear when and what to do with those old watches of yours. All the opinions expressed by the Watch Snob are my own, and are just that — opinions. Don’t worry, though, AskMen will still be bringing you great features on interesting watches to buy, both old and new, expensive and cheap. For now, let the Watch Snob reign.

Dear Watch Snob,

I’m looking for a new watch, similar to my Breitling Colt, that I can wear with a black rubber strap. I have a smaller wrist so I feel a need to stay in the 40mm to 43mm size range. I do not want a mainstream watch that everyone already has. I like the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, but I think it falls in the “mainstream” group of watches. Please help me with some options within the $2,000 price range.

Thanks and I’ll look forward to hearing your snobbish expertise on this one.

I commend your desire to find something out of the ordinary, but I abhor the fact that it must be around $2,000. Little, if any, great watches from the independents can be purchased for $2,000, or for even $10,000. The first step in the process must be disposing of your Breitling Colt, which I recommend you do via a firebomb or a mafia drop into the Hudson River. Second, begin to toy around with the idea of not a true independent in the sense of movement, but rather in conception.

Bremont, which is approximately 1,000 times cooler than Breitling, makes some nice watches in this range (or slightly above). Another truly independent watch is the MIH watch, which is an actual single-button chronograph and annual calendar for around $5,000. It was even built by some of the greatest living watchmakers. Either the MIH or the Bremont will do you fine, and let’s just be happy there will be one less Breitling Colt in the world.

Hi Snob,

I know you enjoy watches from manufacturers with heritages such as A. Lange & Söhne, but what about the little guys? I stumbled upon a relatively young company called Frédérique Constant and fell in love with its collection. What is your opinion of the company?

Stay away. Frédérique Constant will be out of business within five years, quote me on that. It is owned by the same company that promotes a brand with the slogan “Be a Player” (Alpina), and does that inspire quality and lasting power to you? To get an idea of what Frédérique Constant is about, see my article on manufactured watch heritages. You’d be better off investing in BP at this point.

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Written by kevin

June 22, 2010 at 4:33 am

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