Engravings On Used Watches - A Pro Or Con?
As we know, the used market has a lot to offer. Whether it be better deals or the availability of pieces that are no longer in production, I often find myself checking out watches my Carousell account even when I shouldn’t. But that aside, one thing always pops up in my mind whenever used watches are the topic of discussion, the possibility of finding cool pieces with engravings on them. Although not for everyone, it would be a lie to say that it doesn’t catch my eye at first glance.
As watches with engravings have been in and out of my collection, I find myself questioning if these little (but obvious) details add to the excitement when purchasing a watch. If I’m being honest, they do pull me in at the very start. Particularly due to the number of storylines that I can fit to the watch. I mean, if I get to be the director of an imaginary movie, why not right? However, as time passes, I find less significance in the engravings as they ultimately have nothing to do with me. Maybe it’s the fact that I never got to know the true story behind it?
Just like how the words “WITH ALL MY LOVE” on this Seiko Navigator Timer reference 6117-6410 say so much about the significance of this watch to the past owner, it sort of speaks nothing to me at the same time. Solely because I was never meant to be part of the story. Which brings me to why it might not be for you, the low degree of relevance that you might have with the watch. Of course, it might also have something to do with how personal the message is. For instance, the engravings on my Dolce doesn’t bug me as much since the engravings indicate that the watch was most likely given as a long service award.
If you’re wondering whether you should pick up a piece with engravings on it, a good gauge would be to think about the significance of the piece to you. As in, where does that watch stand in your heart. Think about it, if you’re intention is to keep that piece for the rest of your life, maybe one thing to consider would be the degree of relevance that you have with the engravings. On the other hand, if it’s just a watch that you don’t mind having no connection with, there’s no reason to not give it a shot.