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Watches in the wild


JayDeep
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I know this has been done before ( @RWP ), but haven't seen one in a while so I wanted to start it again...

Today I had a customer with a Navitimer. I recognized it immediately, but held off on commenting because I was wearing my Parnis perpetual. Lol

Thought to myself, "Dang it, why couldn't I have worn my Doxa or Seiko SpringDrive?"

Eventually I did, he didn't seem to much care, obviously wasn't a WIS.

When you see recognizable watches out in the wild, do you comment and try to create conversation?

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Dang it???? I think i just threw up in my mouth a little :) 

No, i wont mention other peoples watches or my watches to strangers, 99.9% of the time you end up looking like a stalker/general weirdo 

Am I going mental? did you not start a similar thread recently? 

I think I cracked it, you are RWP's insomniac American alter ego, that explains the slagging off the British and fascination with guns/knives/hunting etc

A bit like when you see a 6'4" transvestite who looks like andre the giant wearing a cocktail dress around ASDA, just trying way too hard :) 

 Only a bit of fun Jay(Rog) I know you wont take offence

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16 minutes ago, Montybaber said:

Dang it???? I think i just threw up in my mouth a little :) 

No, i wont mention other peoples watches or my watches to strangers, 99.9% of the time you end up looking like a stalker/general weirdo 

Am I going mental? did you not start a similar thread recently? 

I think I cracked it, you are RWP's insomniac American alter ego, that explains the slagging off the British and fascination with guns/knives/hunting etc

A bit like when you see a 6'4" transvestite who looks like andre the giant wearing a cocktail dress around ASDA, just trying way too hard :) 

 Only a bit of fun Jay(Rog) I know you wont take offence

I agree, Craig....why risk being labelled a 'nutter'....in fact I never even look at what other people are wearing when I'm out...I'm quite often not wearing one myself anyway. 

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The only time I commented on a stranger's watch I had quite an amusing conversation. 

The young lad on the check-out at Harvey Nicks had a gold seiko, maybe early 70s, probably just a seiko 5 or something but I commented because young people don't tend to pick something like that out unless they are WIS and I thought it might spark a conversation.

Turns out it was his grandads, the battery had leaked and it didn't even work. He was literally just wearing it as a fashion accessory! Apparently he had tried to get it repaired to no avail but we both had a laugh at my WISing and him being a shameless fashionista, deliberately wearing a non-working watch.

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I do tend to look, but also would tend not to mention if I did see anything. I think many people buy "a nice watch" as a brand, without necessarily being very into watches as a whole. Several people I know wear Rolex because that's a good watch that a successful person wears, but they don't know about different Rolex models, far less other watches.

On the other hand it is a chance to trigger some fun discussion and information exchange if you do happen to meet a fellow fan - just never seems to happen! 

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May be different here because our crime rate isn't near as bad? I mean here as in Oregon. In Chicago or New York I'd have the same frame of mind as you lot, I'm guessing.

Not really sure, but I'm a sales person so looking like a nut job means nothing to me. Let alone others' opinions of me have never meant anything to me. I'm extremely extroverted and narcissistic, so it's my nature.

And @Montybaber, you're right, I just now remember doing one just like this recently about my Doxa and a guy who asked if I was wearing a Nixon. I was so offended. Lol

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3 hours ago, JayDeep said:

May be different here because our crime rate isn't near as bad? I mean here as in Oregon. In Chicago or New York I'd have the same frame of mind as you lot, I'm guessing.

Not really sure, but I'm a sales person so looking like a nut job means nothing to me. Let alone others' opinions of me have never meant anything to me. I'm extremely extroverted and narcissistic, so it's my nature.

And @Montybaber, you're right, I just now remember doing one just like this recently about my Doxa and a guy who asked if I was wearing a Nixon. I was so offended. Lol

So you can be offended Jay. Just have to insult one of your watches. :laugh:

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I have been known to with various success... I tend to know before I say anything what the reaction will be (from combination of which watch and what sort of person) I now tend to avoid discussion with Rolex/Breitling owners... I also find Patek owners tend to be embarrassed and pull down their sleeve but something like Favre or Vacheron and you know theres a good chance for WIS conversation.

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I look all the time. I too am a salesman of sorts and a lot of my job involves talking to customers. I have who wears a Rolex one day and an old (as in knackered, not vintage) Seiko the next. He's not a WIS and actually laughed when I commented that he seemed to be wearing a piece of old tat when the day before he'd had the Rolex on.

I have one guy who keeps coming in and showing me watches that I could never afford and mostly don't like. Now I have a decent phone again I will take some pics next time he comes in.

I also have one guy who wears an old Hamilton (1975), one who's in to Vostoks, and one with an old Seiko 6119 . You should have seen his face when I asked him if that's what it was. A mixture of disbelief and amusement that anyone would be so sad as to be able to identify it from 6 feet away.:laugh:

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If I see a watch I like I always comment just a simple nice watch they talk or they don't. but I also do it for other things if I see a woman with nice hair i don't stop and talk ill say just nice hair it always gets a smile never a negative reply because I'm just giving a complement.I do the same with bikes and beards

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There is an old lady who has her breakfast in a cafe I go to, and she wears a Panerai round her jacket sleave, I have passed comment on it, and she told me it was her late husband's, and that's why she wears it. Its an old one, and I worry that some scumbag will be off with it some day.

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53 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

There is an old lady who has her breakfast in a cafe I go to, and she wears a Panerai round her jacket sleave, I have passed comment on it, and she told me it was her late husband's, and that's why she wears it. Its an old one, and I worry that some scumbag will be off with it some day.

The usual scumbag would be more interested in her purse :bash:

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I also passed comment on an Omega I saw someone wearing in Pittentrail. The owners wife had bought it as a wedding present for when they got married, after she flew home from active duty at the end of WW2. I do like a story. A good ice breaker is always, " that's a beautiful watch you're wearing" with a pleasant smile. :) .

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