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Re: Whisker Pole Sticker Shock
I have a modest collection of nice watches, and I've noticed that each watch manufacturer has their own little story to justify why they're so expensive.
Breitling: Used by aviators who demand absolute precision from their timepieces lest they fall from the sky due to some critical navigational error caused by a misguided trust in a lesser brand of watch.
Rolex: (this should ring true to everyone here) Used by the discerning yachtsman who demands the best performance from his/her timepice (they're never just called a watch by the way) so they can secure their position on the start line, and bring home the pickle dish.
Panerai: Used by Italian naval divers in WWII to conduct underwater demolition of submarines or something like that (I never bothered to wrap my head around the full story on that one)
Omega: Something about James Bond and the moon.
At the end of the day they're just watches, but their clever marketing and little back stories keep customers smiling as they walk out the door with their MASSIVELY overpriced precision timepieces. That brings me back to the whisker pole. There is no clever backstory, no emphasis on precision engineering, no real benefit other than the fact that it's an aluminum tube with some strings on it.
I've become calloused to the prices of most marine hardware and electronics, but I still can't swallow the justification on this one.
2002 Beneteau 393
I'm a sailor, I sail!
Last edited by creedence623; 04-23-2012 at 11:06 PM.