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(Hodinkee)   Vladimir Putin's watch collection is worth upwards of six times his claimed $112,000 annual income   (hodinkee.com) divider line 144
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2012-06-08 11:02:15 AM  
sarkozy liked wearing expensive bling, too. i'm not sure why it's bad for our presidents to wear anything decent. eisenhower, after all, sported a classic gold rolex for many years. clinton, on the other hand, wore a crappy digital watch. i'm sure romney put his patek into the vault when he started running for president in 1994...
 
2012-06-08 11:05:51 AM  

FlashHarry: sarkozy liked wearing expensive bling, too. i'm not sure why it's bad for our presidents to wear anything decent. eisenhower, after all, sported a classic gold rolex for many years. clinton, on the other hand, wore a crappy digital watch. i'm sure romney put his patek into the vault when he started running for president in 1994...


Clinton is an avid watch collector. He seems to sport some nice watches (Panerai, and JLC mostly)

Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.
 
2012-06-08 11:07:46 AM  
Oh, and Obama frequently wears a TAG Heuer along with his gift shop secret service watch.
 
2012-06-08 11:10:05 AM  

houndoggie: Oh, and Obama frequently wears a TAG Heuer along with his gift shop secret service watch.


he does? i thought he wore a jorg grey chrono that retails for about $400. he seems like a patek guy. or maybe a lange.
 
2012-06-08 11:10:40 AM  

houndoggie: Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.


multibillionaire, i'd guess.
 
2012-06-08 11:12:17 AM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: Oh, and Obama frequently wears a TAG Heuer along with his gift shop secret service watch.

he does? i thought he wore a jorg grey chrono that retails for about $400. he seems like a patek guy. or maybe a lange.


I believe his TAG predates the presidency, but I've seen photos of him wearing it.


anyway... I am a watch dork so I pay attention to these things.
 
2012-06-08 11:13:41 AM  

houndoggie: FlashHarry: houndoggie: Oh, and Obama frequently wears a TAG Heuer along with his gift shop secret service watch.

he does? i thought he wore a jorg grey chrono that retails for about $400. he seems like a patek guy. or maybe a lange.

I believe his TAG predates the presidency, but I've seen photos of him wearing it.


anyway... I am a watch dork so I pay attention to these things.


cool.

/watch dork here as well.
//not a big TAG guy, but i like colbert's monaco.
 
2012-06-08 11:15:34 AM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: FlashHarry: houndoggie: Oh, and Obama frequently wears a TAG Heuer along with his gift shop secret service watch.

he does? i thought he wore a jorg grey chrono that retails for about $400. he seems like a patek guy. or maybe a lange.

I believe his TAG predates the presidency, but I've seen photos of him wearing it.


anyway... I am a watch dork so I pay attention to these things.

cool.

/watch dork here as well.
//not a big TAG guy, but i like colbert's monaco.


My buddy has the Monaco.. probably my favorite TAG.

I seem to end up wearing Omega mostly.
 
2012-06-08 11:21:39 AM  
Putin does not need watch

/is always Putin time
 
2012-06-08 11:26:29 AM  

houndoggie: I seem to end up wearing Omega mostly.


good choice.

/owns a '66 seamaster
 
2012-06-08 11:33:10 AM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: I seem to end up wearing Omega mostly.

good choice.

/owns a '66 seamaster


congrats!

seamaster 300?
 
2012-06-08 11:51:41 AM  

houndoggie: FlashHarry: houndoggie: I seem to end up wearing Omega mostly.

good choice.

/owns a '66 seamaster

congrats!

seamaster 300?


just a plain seamaster auto with a silver dial. 36mm, i think. stick markers. very classic. paid a dollar for it at a garage sale!
 
2012-06-08 12:03:07 PM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: FlashHarry: houndoggie: I seem to end up wearing Omega mostly.

good choice.

/owns a '66 seamaster

congrats!

seamaster 300?

just a plain seamaster auto with a silver dial. 36mm, i think. stick markers. very classic. paid a dollar for it at a garage sale!



lucky bastard.
 
2012-06-08 12:06:02 PM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.

multibillionaire, i'd guess.


Two words: Russian Railways
 
2012-06-08 12:23:37 PM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.

multibillionaire, i'd guess.


Even if he just took small "fees" from the deals he helped the oligarchs pull off, yeah... He's got a ton of cash hidden away.
 
2012-06-08 12:39:57 PM  

houndoggie: lucky bastard.


the guy wanted $2 because he liked the crappy speidel twist-o-flex band it was on, but i talked him down...
 
2012-06-08 12:44:06 PM  
Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.
 
2012-06-08 12:58:38 PM  
I bet a forensic accountant could grow old and gray trying to track down Putin's assets.
 
2012-06-08 12:59:12 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.


Agreed. I am surprised to see watches making a comeback. How many electronic devices do you carry/are you surrounded by at all times? Pretty much all of them have a clock.
 
2012-06-08 01:14:33 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.


But you don't understand, your cheap watch loses 1~3 seconds a year. Which means every year you have to adjust it by those 3 seconds. My $4,000 wrist bling, only loses 1 second every 10 years. Its totally worth the extra money to not have to change the time by 3 seconds every year.

(Who the fark wears a watch these days anyway?)
 
2012-06-08 01:31:59 PM  

FlashHarry: houndoggie: Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.

multibillionaire, i'd guess.


No, he's only holding it for a friend.
 
2012-06-08 01:38:02 PM  

Calvin Hobbes: Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.

Agreed. I am surprised to see watches making a comeback. How many electronic devices do you carry/are you surrounded by at all times? Pretty much all of them have a clock.


I'm used to that as well, so I haven't bought a clock for my house in seven years. The one I had broke five years ago. I've discovered I really need them so I went to the store to buy one. I picked up a wall-mount clock carefully by the frame and the second hand fell off. The one behind next to it was broken in a different way. It made me want to commit violent crime. I realized that since everyone is used to having clocks around all the time the demand for decent clocks has been eaten by the demand for cheap, crappy clocks.

So it's cufflinks for me. Fortunately, I have a couple dozen pair. And a tricked out Honda you guys should really see... (jk re honda)
 
2012-06-08 02:16:22 PM  
My family likes watches, which is a good thing for me.
 
2012-06-08 02:31:28 PM  

ShawnDoc: But you don't understand, your cheap watch loses 1~3 seconds a year. Which means every year you have to adjust it by those 3 seconds. My $4,000 wrist bling, only loses 1 second every 10 years. Its totally worth the extra money to not have to change the time by 3 seconds every year.


actually, high-end mechanical watches typically lose or gain anywhere from 3-6 seconds a day. they are actually less accurate than a quartz watch or the clock in your iphone.

but, personally, i look at watches as wearable mechanical art. and considering there are 86,400 seconds in a day, if my man-made, hand-made watch gains a couple, i'm not going to worry.

plus, when that EMP hits, i'll be setting pretty.
 
2012-06-08 02:52:40 PM  
My watches are my answer to my wife's shoes and jewelry.
 
2012-06-08 02:53:01 PM  
FTFA: "We've said it before and we'll say it again - HODINKEE is not about politics."

If your website is about watches, and yet you have to spend all your time saying it's not about politics, you should probably adjust your writing style and editorial choices.
 
2012-06-08 02:56:11 PM  
This whole thread needs to be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2012-06-08 02:58:13 PM  
Multi-billionaire? Really?

Still like him better than George Soros.
 
2012-06-08 03:00:05 PM  

ShawnDoc: (Who the fark wears a watch these days anyway?)


Calvin Hobbes: Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.

Agreed. I am surprised to see watches making a comeback. How many electronic devices do you carry/are you surrounded by at all times? Pretty much all of them have a clock.


It's far easier to glance at your wrist than to fish out your phone and press a button to make it show the time. And less awkward during a meeting or whatever.

I actually find the trend of using cell phones to tell time more hilarious. The wristwatch was invented in WWI by troops who got sick of fishing their watches out of their pockets, so they bought ladies watches and strapped them to their wrists. It caught on incredibly quickly, because everybody else was sick of messing around with pocketwatches too. Now many people have gone back to fishing crap out of their pockets for a quick glance at the time.
 
2012-06-08 03:05:47 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.


This. What's the point of spending a stupid amount of money on a watch? It won't tell time any better than a thousand other devices.
 
2012-06-08 03:06:21 PM  
xfinity.comcast.net

They're beautiful, but in this economy? I can give ya half your annual salary for them, right here and now, but that's it.
 
2012-06-08 03:07:56 PM  

houndoggie: FlashHarry: sarkozy liked wearing expensive bling, too. i'm not sure why it's bad for our presidents to wear anything decent. eisenhower, after all, sported a classic gold rolex for many years. clinton, on the other hand, wore a crappy digital watch. i'm sure romney put his patek into the vault when he started running for president in 1994...

Clinton is an avid watch collector. He seems to sport some nice watches (Panerai, and JLC mostly)

Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.



Yes, but much like Professor X, Putin can persuade the wealthy to do nice things for him.
 
2012-06-08 03:07:57 PM  
I don't have the cheddar to buy overly nice watches, but to be sure I do like me some watches. I've got a Citizen, Seiko, and my newest piece:

www.ugotwatches.com

in regular rotation.

May not be everybody's thing but I like them. *shrug*
 
2012-06-08 03:09:06 PM  

Wangiss: I'm used to that as well, so I haven't bought a clock for my house in seven years. The one I had broke five years ago. I've discovered I really need them so I went to the store to buy one. I picked up a wall-mount clock carefully by the frame and the second hand fell off. The one behind next to it was broken in a different way. It made me want to commit violent crime. I realized that since everyone is used to having clocks around all the time the demand for decent clocks has been eaten by the demand for cheap, crappy clocks.


I had the same experience trying to buy a clock a couple years ago so I ended up making one.

oarenj.com
 
2012-06-08 03:11:05 PM  

Jument: Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.

This. What's the point of spending a stupid amount of money on a watch? It won't tell time any better than a thousand other devices.


Yes. We should all drive Yugos and eat cheese paste on bark too.
 
2012-06-08 03:12:58 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.


I can appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of a fine antique timepiece, clock or pocket watch. Tricking out a crappy 4 Banger rice burner, not so much.
 
2012-06-08 03:13:30 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-08 03:13:32 PM  
Ha, that's funny because I wear a Russian Military watch that has a picture of a tank on the face of it. Eat that, Putin!
www.golden8ts.com
/hot like a comrade in a foxhole
 
2012-06-08 03:14:06 PM  

Oznog: [xfinity.comcast.net image 300x300]

They're beautiful, but in this economy? I can give ya half your annual salary for them, right here and now, but that's it.


"You've got some black market Russian watches? I've got a buddy who's an expert in black market Russian watches."
 
2012-06-08 03:14:35 PM  

ShawnDoc: Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.

But you don't understand, your cheap watch loses 1~3 seconds a year. Which means every year you have to adjust it by those 3 seconds. My $4,000 wrist bling, only loses 1 second every 10 years. Its totally worth the extra money to not have to change the time by 3 seconds every year.

(Who the fark wears a watch these days anyway?)


Me. I can't stand not having a watch on. I feel like something is horribly wrong if my watch isn't on my wrist.

I'm somewhat of a watch whore - love watches, and notice them. Although not rich enough to be a "collector". My nicest watch is a $450 Citizen, and I wear it daily - only to take it off if i'm working on my car or welding or something (have ruined more than one watch welding). Even when doing that kind of work, I have a cheapo watch on.

I can't explain why it bothers me not to have a watch on so much...it just does. Its kind of like when you forget your wallet, then something is terribly wrong and you can't figure it out...then you realize its because your actually sitting level and not leaning slightly to the left (I really should clean out my wallet).

I must look at my watch 1500 times a day, and don't even notice it. But the instant I don't have it on, or forget it for some reason or another, I find myself constantly checking my wrist to see what time it is and grow increasingly more disturbed that I'm not wearing a watch every time i look down.

I guess thats my OCD. The thread regarding OCD did nothing for me the other day, none of those pictures bothered me. But god help me if i'm not wearing a watch. Perhaps I'm OCD afterall.
 
2012-06-08 03:14:50 PM  

FlashHarry: ShawnDoc: But you don't understand, your cheap watch loses 1~3 seconds a year. Which means every year you have to adjust it by those 3 seconds. My $4,000 wrist bling, only loses 1 second every 10 years. Its totally worth the extra money to not have to change the time by 3 seconds every year.

actually, high-end mechanical watches typically lose or gain anywhere from 3-6 seconds a day. they are actually less accurate than a quartz watch or the clock in your iphone.

but, personally, i look at watches as wearable mechanical art, . and considering there are 86,400 seconds in a day, if my man-made, hand-made watch gains a couple, i'm not going to worry.

plus, when that EMP hits, i'll be setting pretty.


This. You would love the timing shet from my $35 junk "antique" shop Eternamatic: One tic off the line, and my son says it is from a sticky key on his laptop.

/Omegas and (American) Hamiltons
 
2012-06-08 03:15:22 PM  
Breitling Old Navitimer with a stainless band. That is all. Oh...I also have an old Tag Formula One.
 
2012-06-08 03:17:46 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.


It's a classic feature of middle-class insecurity as to one's social status. The upper and lower classes know where they stand, so they don't go out of their way to constantly assert their standing, but the middle class is always striving for that little extra social boost, and jewelry is the go-to device for symbolic status-jockeying. A watch is the male jewelry variant. (No homo.)

The middle class is also into collections, for some reason.

A collection of watches fulfills both emotional needs at the same time.
 
2012-06-08 03:18:34 PM  
Here's what I wear.

i104.photobucket.com

A gift from my parents. It's a little big on my wee elfin wrist...
 
2012-06-08 03:19:34 PM  

Sybarite: I bet a forensic accountant could grow old and gray trying to track down Putin's assets.


...from inside a Siberian gulag...
 
2012-06-08 03:21:34 PM  
t0.gstatic.com

/meh.
 
2012-06-08 03:23:12 PM  
I'm wearing two stainless Daytonas now, so I'm getting a kick...


/hand of God!
 
2012-06-08 03:23:25 PM  

xynix: FlashHarry: houndoggie: Also, isn't Putin rumored to be a closet billionaire.

multibillionaire, i'd guess.

Two words: Russian Railways


I think the two words you were really looking for were "Institutionalized Corruption".
 
2012-06-08 03:27:24 PM  

ShawnDoc: Pocket Ninja: Fascination with expensive watches ranks up there with tricking out Hyundais and Hondas as a hobby/interest whose appeal I absolutely do not understand.

But you don't understand, your cheap watch loses 1~3 seconds a year. Which means every year you have to adjust it by those 3 seconds. My $4,000 wrist bling, only loses 1 second every 10 years. Its totally worth the extra money to not have to change the time by 3 seconds every year.

(Who the fark wears a watch these days anyway?)


FAILED! Actually you know how I know you know absolutely nothing about watches other than saying you don;t know anything about watches :) ?

Truth is most of the highly expensive watches keep terrible time. These watches are typically mechanical in nature and uses unwinding and winding parts of a spring to keep time. Compare to the $20 timex or eletronic watches you can get at walmart, $5000 mechanical watches are less accurate, often with errors of seconds per day, and they are sensitive to position, temperature and magnetism.
People don't wear expensive watches because of it's accuracy, people wear these watches to show off.
 
2012-06-08 03:28:17 PM  

FlashHarry: sarkozy liked wearing expensive bling, too. i'm not sure why it's bad for our presidents to wear anything decent. eisenhower, after all, sported a classic gold rolex for many years. clinton, on the other hand, wore a crappy digital watch. i'm sure romney put his patek into the vault when he started running for president in 1994...


It's bad because expensive watches are almost the defintion of "conspicious consumption". Do you really need to spend the equivalent of a down-payment on a middle class house on something that serves the same function, only not quite as well, as the main display screen on your cell phone?
 
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