Breitling worth 10x price of 'normal watch'?

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I have several Breitlings, built like Churchill tanks, bullet-proof and great value for money, my only gripe is that their range is focused predominantly towards chronograph tool watches, which I loved when first acquired, nowadays less so, I prefer a simpler 3x hand configuration, especially with the advent of smartphones with apps which will do much more than a simple chronograph, however they are part of significant horological history and responsible for some milestones.
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Shied away from Breitling in the past as I've always thought they are a bit oversized for me. But I like the look of the one in your first picture. What model is that?
 
Piff, the Aerospace Professional is also a 'small' Breitling. I have very skinny and small wrists and mine doesn't look out of place at all, I think it has a 40mm dial. They're also made from titanium and therefore weigh less than a feather :D
 
This is as bling as it gets for me.
 

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Owned a few SA's in the past just found them too unconformable for a every day watch.

When I was younger they weren't a problem, especially if you switched from bracelet to a good leather or rubber strap to prevent it 'sliding' up and down your wrist, but as I get older I find the bulk is less appealing.

I have only a few Rolex, which I rarely wear, primarily because everyone thinks 'fake' regardless, I wear my Ebel Tarawa for it's distinction and Omega watches more and more.
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When I was younger they weren't a problem, especially if you switched from bracelet to a good leather or rubber strap to prevent it 'sliding' up and down your wrist, but as I get older I find the bulk is less appealing.

I have only a few Rolex, which I rarely wear, primarily because everyone thinks 'fake' regardless, I wear my Ebel Tarawa for it's distinction and Omega watches more and more.
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They say buying nice watches is a slippery slope, and it looks like you've slipped most of the way down to the bottom!! :D

You have some beautiful watches :thumb:
 
^^^ Thank you sir, I've been a 'whoreologist' for a long time, prostituted my soul when I first clapped my eyes on a Vacheron et Constantin in my tender teens;)
 
^^^ Thank you sir, I've been a 'whoreologist' for a long time, prostituted my soul when I first clapped my eyes on a Vacheron et Constantin in my tender teens;)


Yep since the tender age of 16. My dad bought me a Citizen watch for my birthday and been hooked ever since. Then saved up for a Tag Senna, and moved on and up over the years . Owned 30 odd Panerai not all at the same time. Now moving on to AP ROO.

Just love the hunt for a good watch.
 
To answer the question that started the thread: No. None of the expensive watches are.

If all you want is a watch that tells the time.

You can buy a cheap quartz watch that tells the time accurately for buttons. You can buy a watch that tells the time accurately and looks good (often by aping top-end styling) for a couple of hundred or less.

You can buy a 'specialist' watch that tells the time accurately, if you actually need one, for not much more.

Anything else is just showing off your good taste - or just showing off...

HOWEVER... I may be a follower of the Bauhaus approach when it comes to watches (well, to most things, actually), and I don't really give a stuff for other people's opinions, but I would not wear a watch that is not pleasing to my eye (except when fiddling with machinery - I have a shabby old plastic-cased, non-conductive Casio that perfectly meets the need there). My eye is more easily pleased than many, perhaps? Or perhaps I have no soul...

I am not a watch fancier, but to those who are, go for it and good luck to you. It's your money, and if you can afford expensive watches which give you pleasure, well, that's what money is for.
 
I am lucky enough to own a very nice Breitling chronomat, a gift from my wife on my 40th, However ... I'm terrified to ever wear it through fear of knocking it about ! :dk: It is no more reliable / accurate than my every day citizen but it is nice to own something a little special , a bit like owning a Mercedes I guess :D.
 

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