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Thoughts on Gucci automatic watch as first watch?

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The Gucci is perfect if you're buying a watch for your friends to coo over.

As a watch brand it's rubbish, and you can buy much better than that if you want a serious watch.

I concur with the brands already mentioned. Pre-owned, like new you can get decent examples and styles from Omega, Breitling, Tag Heuer, Longines, Oris, Bell & Ross

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I've been considering this discussion, which I think raises a few interesting questions, one of which is, what exactly is a 'fashion' watch?

 

I recently embarked upon a watch buying mission. I wanted a dress watch.

 

I'd seen a Maurice Lacroix watch I really liked, so I set about doing some research on it, as I always do when purchasing.

 

I quickly found that the watch in question was quartz. I own many quartz watches, mostly Citizen and Seiko, and they are great, with quartz specific complications such as solar power, and they come from brands that are renowned for quartz technology.

 

However, for the Maurice Lacroix in question I saw YouTube videos that showed me what appeared to be a bang average quartz watch that didn't hit its dial markers and had more recoil/bounce with its seconds hand movement than I find acceptable (my Seikos and Citizens are in another league by comparison).

 

My conclusion, therefore, is that the Maurice Lacroix is more of a 'fashion' watch than the Gucci which is the subject of this thread, regardless of which brand has the respect of us watch enthusiasts!

 

The Gucci has an ETA 2824(?) which is a serious and trusted movement. It's apparently well finished. To me it represents a more serious watch than the Lacroix, which has a serious watch brand name but nevertheless is little more than a cheap quartz underneath (btw, not a fan of Swiss quartz! )

 

So, my conclusion and recommendation to the OP is go ahead and buy the Gucci if you like it. Its probably manufactured by a serious watch brand and badged for Gucci anyway!

 

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1 hour ago, Eski said:

...what exactly is a 'fashion' watch?

In my opinion, all of them, we buy them because we think they say something about who we are (or who we would like to be) either to ourselves or to others or we buy them for the shinyness or for the mattness or for the complexity or the simplicity or the history or the futurosity.

For most people, a wristwatch is no longer a necessity and so, by extension, they are a fashion, obviously those of us who choose to wear watches are intelligent & sophisticated and those who go bare wristed are not. :biggrin:

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2 hours ago, Rab said:

In my opinion, all of them, we buy them because we think they say something about who we are (or who we would like to be) either to ourselves or to others or we buy them for the shinyness or for the mattness or for the complexity or the simplicity or the history or the futurosity.

For most people, a wristwatch is no longer a necessity and so, by extension, they are a fashion, obviously those of us who choose to wear watches are intelligent & sophisticated and those who go bare wristed are not. :biggrin:

A valid perspective that I agree with in it's broadest sense.

In terms of how the term was introduced to this thread, and is generally used within the world of watch enthusiasts, I take it to mean a watch that is mostly about aesthetics (or brand name), not too fussed with function or horological excellence, and therefore tends to use 'whatever' under the hood. For me the lines are therefore a little blurred as to what really is a 'fashion' watch, and as mentioned I can totally recognise that a mechanical Gucci can be recognised as a more serious watch while a Maurice Lacroix (or Montblanc maybe?) can be a fashion watch, albeit an expensive one given the not very clever quartz tech that drives it.

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14 minutes ago, Eski said:

In terms of how the term was introduced to this thread, and is generally used within the world of watch enthusiasts, I take it to mean a watch that is mostly about aesthetics (or brand name), not too fussed with function or horological excellence, and therefore tends to use 'whatever' under the hood.

You're right of course, I was taking the opportunity to poke fun at our hobby.

For me, if it comes from a brand famous for something other than watches it's fashion regardless of movement or price, with some exceptions like Cartier who have been making watches longer than some 'proper' manufacturers. 

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17 hours ago, Rab said:

You're right of course, I was taking the opportunity to poke fun at our hobby.

For me, if it comes from a brand famous for something other than watches it's fashion regardless of movement or price, with some exceptions like Cartier who have been making watches longer than some 'proper' manufacturers. 

We are in perfect alignment sir :biggrin:

It certainly resonates with me when someone brings the whole thing (watch collecting that is) into a bit of perspective! :notworthy:

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At the end of the day ,,, the Gucci watch in the OP in real life is actually an impressive looking and well built watch, albeit possibly overpriced a tad and not to most peoples tastes. Personally for me there is nothing hugely "fashionable" about the Gucci brand , its really the brand of choice for kids these days , its not considered an "adult" brand in many parts of the UK and is actively avoided because of its broad appeal to dizzy teens ... ( unlike Givenchy and Chanel etc etc ).

 

 

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I think it reflects well on the OP that he even bothered to get the opinion of this collective, who are remote from him when it comes to purchasing motivations.

Gucci certainly trade on their name and charge for it. But then again, doesn't every 'serious' watch brand?  Is a Patek Philippe Nautilus worth £60,000 when it's made of steel and has a sapphire crystal, much the same as a £350 Seiko?

As Rab points out, it's all fashion of one type or another, be that the teenage 'impress your friends' or the WIS 'watch snob' variety.

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