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Top 5 Unpopular Luxury Watch Opinions

Paul Altieri

Your watch is probably one of the most personal items you own. A luxury watch is not only an exact representation of your taste but often your hobbies and sometimes even your job. A professional diver might wear a Rolex Submariner, while a pilot might opt for a GMT-Master. And while we’re not in the business of telling you what to like, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the most common unpopular watch opinions out there. If anything, at least it starts a conversation. Be sure to let us know what you think.

Top 5 Unpopular Luxury Watch Opinions

Mechanical Movements Are Pointless

I mean, yeah, quartz is accurate and thin and often cheaper compared to mechanical watches. But any long-standing collector knows mechanical watches are where you will find all of the value and prestige. Plus there’s nothing like the feel of a mechanical watch on your wrist or the way you have to wind a manual movement. In an increasingly hands-off world, the mechanical watch brings you the tactility you crave that a quartz movement just lacks.

Vintage Explorer

Rolex should stop making stainless steel watches

Gasp. Yes, there are some people out there who think Rolex is beyond the stainless steel watch – that they’re lowering their standards by working with the 904L alloy. But for a company built on utility and resilience, it’s only natural that over the years Rolex has continually and successfully paired refined-design with the less-expensive but ever-durable material. We don’t see Rolex taking this approach anytime soon, and most collectors are happy about that – just look at the historically high prices and long waitlists for stainless steel Rolex watches right now.

Rolex Daytona and Rolex Batman

Colored bezels are for kids

With nicknames like Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer, Hulk, and Batman, it’s easy to understand why some collectors think colored bezels are made for kids. But if you ask me, I think these people just take themselves way too seriously. Obviously colored bezels were made for utilitarian purposes – making time easier to read or distinguish. But their fun colors have become a beloved touch of whimsy on otherwise brutally serious and functional watches. In fact, today Rolex watches with colored bezels are some of the hottest collector’s items both on the vintage and retail market.

Rolex Batman GMT Root Beer

So are numbers on the dial

Yes, there are people out there who think that Arabic or Roman numerals on the dial take away from the face. They also think that unless you’re six years old, you don’t need the numbers to actually figure out the time. And while that’s probably true, it would be a pretty boring world if we were all only looking at numeral-less dials, right? Plus there are lots of watches that are famous, if not iconic, due to their numeral typography.

Rolex Daytona White Gold

Owning one Rolex is enough

With all the choice and luxury brands out there today, some collectors say owning one Rolex for the collection is enough. But die-hard fans – and we know there are plenty of those – will disagree here. With such a variety of both modern and vintage watches to choose from, there are lots of fun ways to build a Rolex collection or use Rolex watches to enhance yours. Whether you’re into stainless steel, colored bezels, or great sports watches, there’s plenty of room and hundreds of reasons to own more than just one Rolex watch.

Rolex Submariner Serti Dial

Paul Altieri

Cate Misczuk is a luxury lifestyle writer for us here at Bob's Watches. With a relatively new adoration for watches, Cate's curiosity has fueled her extensive writing on Rolex and other brands. She is particularly interested in how the market's embracing millennials, has a soft spot for unisex watches and is on a mission to inspire more women to wear mechanical watches.