It even shows up at The Watchrap forum over at The Purists.

The question remains the same at every forum though, why buy a Rolex while you can get ‘a more interesting watch’ for the same kind of money.

Gerard Nijenbrinks nailed this one perfectly in my opinion, which is:

“If a watch is more interesting or not, is a very personal question of course. As you see by yourself, it’s difficult not to look through your own eyes when determining if a watch is interesting or not (to you).

To me Rolex watches are interesting because of their (construction of) movement and ruggedness of their watch cases.

I feel a lot of respect for a company which proved to be able to produce so many watches with this constant level of quality.

With these points in view, I can’t find another watch(brand) which has acomplished the same for this kind of money.

Every watch has it own story, and is attractive to someone for it’s own reasons. No one has to convince anybody to choose for a certain watch; you should be aware of your own reasons why to want a certain watch.

Respect…”

However, I am sure the question will pop-up next week again at another forum.

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • Alan

    I agree that it is important to buy the most interesting watch for the money. I wonder about those who buy gold rolexes with diamonds all over them. Will they wear it bushwalking or swimming? What if they bang it on a rock when they’re diving? And most importantly, they could have bought 5 or so good watches for the same money.

    And this leads to my question: do other antique Rolex/Tudor watch owners wear their watches in the surf or the water regularly? I like a 37-year old watch that can be worn in wet or rough conditions.
    It did get re-sealed 3 years ago.