Bill Gates Wears a Casio?

Yes, you read that right…

I really like watches! I can’t afford to purchase most of the watches that I like right now, but there’s really no harm in dreaming right?

All I really need is a clearly crafted plan to work towards, then I would be able to own my first piece: the Nomos Tangente.

Since I lack ambition and discipline of any sort, the plan had to work around these fatal character flaws. So over the past year, I have been attempting to plant an idea in my wife’s mind to get me a Nomos Tangente.

The detailed inception-like plan involved bombarding her with photos of the watch through Instagram, walking past watch stores that carry Nomos Glashutte watches when we go out, and talking about the intricacies of the watch’s movement and how amazing the Tangente is in terms of value for money.

To cut the long story short, I haven’t made much progress on this front. She still doesn’t seem to understand why a watch that basically just tells the time, costs so much.

The final nail in the coffin came in the form of an article that I chanced upon and (stupidly) showed her. It was an article about Bill Gates and his watch of choice. This article has singlehandedly killed any hope I had of ever convincing her that luxury watches are an investment.

Bill Gates — who was literally the world’s richest man when I was growing up and is still worth over $90 billion today— wears a Casio Duro, a watch that cost ~$50.

Yes, you read that right. The man who is rich enough to buy a small country if he wanted to, wears a watch that you can buy at Walmart for ~$50.

This makes absolutely no sense! A Casio Duro is the kind of watch that a student — maybe even a college student would wear — but certainly not a billionaire!

Every watch-related article I’ve read, every successful professional I’ve met, and every lifestyle video I’ve watched on YouTube consistently convey the same message — successful people wear expensive watches.

I’m sure a Nautilus, Royal Oak, or even a Daytona would look perfect on his wrist. So, why would such a rich and successful person not splurge a little on watches?

Ironically, the Netflix documentary ‘Inside Bill’s Brain’ aired just last week and after watching the first episode, I think I have my answer. Now make no mistake about it, Bill Gates isn’t living a completely modest life. He has a nice house, owns a Porsche, and has a private jet. He’s rich and lives a better life than any of us could ever dream of.

However, what I believe sets him apart from the rest is that he chooses to invest his time and money in things he truly values: his family and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

If you haven’t watched ‘Inside Bill’s Brain’ yet, I highly recommend it. It’s an amazing documentary; one that will leave you feeling inspired and inadequate at the same time. It’s awesome.

Who would have thought that an article about a $50 watch and a Netflix documentary would make me put my quest to own a watch on hold and force me to reevaluate my priorities in life?

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying a luxury timepiece if you can afford one and that’s what you value right now.

All I’m saying is that it’s not the right time for me. I have other priorities that I should focus on like starting a retirement savings plan, paying off my car loan, and organizing family events/holidays.

In my quest to own my first luxury timepiece, I seem to have lost track of what I truly value — or rather, what I should value.

Note: Just in case you’re wondering, I haven’t given up on the plan. Maybe, just maybe I’ll now be able to convince her to buy me a Casio Duro.

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Strategy consultant by day, struggling writer by night. I am passionate about self-improvement, productivity, and most importantly, food!

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