I’m kinda into watches. I only have one nice one so far that was a gift from my wife. If you are looking at buying a decent watch I’d strongly recommend considering the Citizen Eco-Drive with a sapphire crystal and radio sync to the USNO time server. No battery and never needs to be reset. Not cheap but sturdy and very useful.
@tweezak I like watches, too, but I’m not really into the “jewelry” aspect of them.
I you are looking to buy a watch to tinker with, I’d strongly recommend a Vostok Amphibia. You can get a watch with a hand-assembled automatic movement and several really interesting and unique design features for under $75.
It’s cheap and easy to get replacement parts, and there is a large modding community, so you can get aftermarket bezels, dials, and hands if that’s what you’re into.
Quality control is a bit lacking, but that is to be expected as such a ridiculously low price point.
@Limewater That sounds like a fun bit of kit. I’m a tinkerer myself and may look into it. Thanks for the tip. I’ve always wanted an automatic mechanical. When my wife bought me the Citizen I was looking at Asian gray-market Seiko 5 Sports series watches. At the time they sold for about $150 and are actually really nice watches.
My favorite kind of jewelry is the kind worn by other people. I get to see it and admire it, which is all it is
really good for, without paying a cent for the privilege. The irony is that for most jewelry, the wearer is the only one who can’t see it.