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    #46
    I got into rep watches because of the overall experience, I feel more attached to a watch I spent time collecting parts for and "built" (I usually prefer sending it to a professional to assemble since I'm terrible at it) rather than one I went and bought in less than 5 minutes. Along the way, I also found out that it's a great way to bond with my nephew who loves checking out the new parts and enjoys hearing about how the watches work.

    xartan brought up a very good point as well, I definitely can't afford a 100k rose gold Patek Nautilus and it doesn't make sense financially to learn how to service a Breitling B17 (2824-2) or a Rolex 3135 by using the real movements hence why I use the rep for learning purpose and send over the genuine I want fitted in my Franken to Domi.

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      #47
      I dunno stu, while I agree it's not as fun as my usual hobby, at least I'll have a cool watch. After a night of hookers and blow I don't have shit to show for it.
      Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?

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        #48
        Originally posted by LoveDonkey View Post
        I dunno stu, while I agree it's not as fun as my usual hobby, at least I'll have a cool watch. After a night of hookers and blow I don't have shit to show for it.
        Hahahahaha


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          #49
          I think my rep buying motivation is driven by:
          1. Being a collector. If I could afford to, I’d have a big collection of gens - but I can’t afford a big collection of the brands I like most.
          2. Being obsessive. When I get interested in something, it gets a bit out of hand...
          3. Being a keen hobbyist. I like building things, making things and breaking things. And I like the gadgets and tools too!
          4. Being an artist. My background in art and photography helps me appreciate the beauty of these little jewel-like objects.
          5. Being here. I found the rep forums before I started collecting them. And I like the community!


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            #50
            Because it’s so much fun and gives you A LOT of value for money.
            A gen PP nautilus or aquanaut for example are such style icons but waaayyy to expensive for 95% of population.
            Thank you rep world )


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              #51
              Yeah value for money, I can spend a few hundred on a rep without having to consider the purchase too much, if it was a few thousand I’d really have to soul search about whether it was sensible, it’s just more fun this way! So I can have a dozen different watches to suit my mood occasion and outfit, plus I like to feel I’m cheating the system a bit ????

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                #52
                Because I can buy waaaay cooler stuff that's actually worth the 5-20 thousand unlike a watch. That price range encompasses every Motorcycle I could ever possibly want, or a collection of a bike for every occasion (cornering, cruising, off-road). It also encompasses a couple months of jobless runway, more if I'm back in Taiwan. Or it's some wild ass vacations, or an investment, or an educational experience, or a gift for a friend in need...

                At high prices a watch just doesn't really make sense. When I really need accurate timekeeping and functionality I throw on my Casio mudmaster. Casio managed to stick everything I could possibly need into a 600$ watch, about 200$ more than some of the best reps of watches that even as Gen have less complications and lower accuracy than the best quartz Casio offers. And, it lights up at night lol. Literally automatics are worthless to me during my hobbies and volunteer work.

                Also I'm an anti-capitalist anticopyright communist piece of shit haha. If Rolex suffers because I'm wearing a rep all the better. My job means I mingle with people that unironically wear >100k pieces and they're all great examples of classist human garbage that I will eat at the first whisper of revolution

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                  #53
                  I have just gotten into reps, reason being is i cant afford gen lol.

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                    #54
                    To wear rep as daily and a gen to certain places that NEEDS to be worn.


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                      #55
                      Because they’re cheaper than gens.

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                        #56
                        Points already mentioned, but for me .....

                        - a test run in case I am thinking of buying the Gen. (Polar Explorer .... turned out I decided I wouldn’t go for the gen). Nice watch though.

                        - can’t afford the ones I want (grail) pieces. (Early 1675 and 1680 red) Prices gone thru the roof.

                        - wear it (16610) as a ‘beater’ cuz I don’t want to damage a gen (GMT or SD) in certain situations.


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