Green Rambles: If You Don’t Have to Look Twice, You Bought the Wrong Watch

Among car enthusiasts, a familiar saying is that if you don’t look back at your car after you parked it, you bought the wrong one. Although slightly different, I feel that the same thing goes for watches. Here, I would say that if you have to look twice to tell the time, you bought the right one. It is a common joke for my girlfriend to ask me the time when she sees me checking my watch. More often than not, I have to look again, as I was admiring everything except the exact position of the hands.

Realizing that the right watches leave you enamored can also lead to some confronting conclusions. Many years ago, I bought an Omega Speedmaster Professional. An impressive watch by all means, and I was very excited to get it. Unfortunately, when on the wrist, there was no magic. When I checked to see the time, that was exactly what I did and nothing more. This doesn’t say anything about the Speedmaster, but more about me, and that this Omega simply wasn’t my watch. Through this experience, I learned that I am more of a Seamaster and Constellation kind of guy, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Antonio Jaramillo watch collection

I even made a deal with myself that whenever I don’t have the look twice experience with a watch in my collection, it has to go. This is quite a thing, as some watches I have admired for years, are considered icons or took a long time to get, only get to enjoy a short stay with me. Despite all this, and while they are great watches in their own right, when they are not great watches on my wrist, it was simply not meant to be. The upside is that you get a collection that makes you smile and where the watches also get worn. The downside is that you might have to look twice at them to know the time.

Which watch makes you have to look twice? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Danny Simenauer

    Martin describes the way I feel exactly about watches and this insane hobby. The dial is like a beautiful woman. It grabs your attention and gives you an emotional attachment that never goes away the longer you wear it.

  2. Angie

    My collection must be right on. I still look twice at all of them. First to see the time, second just to admire the details.

  3. John R.

    Sorry the Speedie didnt cut it for you. That is the one of the watches for me that absolutely has me gazing quite often. My pre moon 2998-3 with lolipop chrono hand deserves attention in my view. Thank you for the thought provoking article.

  4. Skidmarks

    Rolex Milgauss… green glass, lightning bold second hand, just so dorky and cool. I find it gets more wrist time the longer I have owned it (Almost 4 years)

  5. George Kages

    Honestly, at this point in my collecting they all do. But some get three or four looks. My Marathon CSAR, just because it’s so utilitarian for the purpose. My Oris Meistertaucher, for the fun of seeing the big red Regulateur minute hand.
    That’s what I keep looking at lately. It won’t be long before others jump in. . .

  6. Tudor_addict

    Black Bay 79220N has me in love still after 6 years

  7. Great point and one I can relate to.

    As a serial swapper (not flipper; I rarely make money from my swaps and don’t buy to sell) I wear a watch for a while and then usually change my mind. My oldest watch was 4 years old and I just swapped it, and I’ve done this about 40 times with watches between £1000 and £10000 in value over the last ~12 years.

    When I look down at a watch, I sometimes just think “Meh” and it’s gone very quickly. Other times, I think “That’s a beautiful watch” and then transcend to “Meh” over a period of days, weeks, months or years.

    The key, for me, is letting them go. It’s fine to try them and let them go! Submariners, Reversos, Speedies, Explorers, Black Bays, Seamasters…they’ve all come and gone.

    You definitely need to have to look twice UNLESS it’s a watch that’s so much a part of you that you barely notice it as being anything than something that BELONGS on your wrist (as a wedding ring might).

  8. thewatchidiot

    What a great idea. I’ll have to see how that works for me. Btw, I’ve had the same experience with the speedmaster. Just not for me!

  9. Anson

    I look twice at grand seiko. First to tell time, second to admire the finish

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