As is the case with many luxury items, there will always be a demand in the marketplace for inexpensive but poorly-crafted emulations of top-notch products. When it comes to watches, this state of affairs is doubly true.
Indeed, however good a poorly-crafted wristwatch looks from a distance, many cheap watches can serve as very poor investments. A bad watch isn’t just an eyesore to chronometer aficionados; when all is said and done, a poorly-crafted timepiece simply won’t be up to the strains of long-term use.
Here are just a few reasons why expensive watches make far better investments than cheap watches, and why understanding the difference between a good watch and a bad watch can lead to a lifelong passion for quality timepieces.
1. The High Cost of Certain Watches is Due to Quality Engineering
There can be little doubt that top-tier watch companies like Rolex have an enormous number of competitors in the marketplace at present, but no cheap emulation of a Rolex has yet come close to matching the build-quality of the company’s top offerings.
This is because reputable companies like Rolex invest enormous amounts of time and energy into the engineering of their products. Much like a genuinely good luxury car, an expensive watch isn’t just about outward appearances: If you want a quality build for your watch, in other words, you’ll likely have to pay for the privilege.
2. Cheap Watchmakers Can’t Compete With Reputable Brands
Even if companies specializing in inexpensive watches could somehow match the kind of first-rate engineering that many top companies employ throughout their own watchmaking processes, these inferior companies would have to cut corners at some stage in the manufacturing process to maintain low price-points on product lines. This is in large part why so many inexpensive watches are built with inferior materials. Unfortunately, the kind of materials used by low-end watch manufacturers tend to significantly decrease the lifespan of inexpensive timepieces.
3. Inexpensive Watches are Limited in Their Use
For many people who are passionate about wristwatches, the ownership of a luxury timepiece isn’t just about wearing a stylish piece of apparel. In addition to complementing an outfit, a good watch will have many practical uses: Top-notch brands like Rolex and Omega often design watches for use in deep-water dives or even high-altitude climbing expeditions. In fact, many watches issued by these companies will keep accurate time measurements under harsh weather conditions or severe atmospheric pressure levels.
Conversely, as anyone who has had an inexpensive watch break down at the first touch of water will tell you, the ownership of a cheap timepiece can be a very frustrating experience indeed.
4. Inexpensive Watches Never Live Up to the Hype
Many inexpensive watches are designed to give the outward appearance of luxury craftsmanship, it is true, but people in the know will always spot the differences between cheap knock-offs and genuine luxury watches. The giveaways are often subtle, but it’s impossible to fool genuine watch aficionados with second-rate copies.
In the long-term, it’s a far better idea to invest in the quality craftsmanship and durability that are the hallmarks of great wristwatches. The cost of these items may be high, but the sense of security and pride that comes with the ownership of a genuinely good watch is impossible to beat. Truly, that is a passion for watches at its best!