Every forum changes over time. This forum and membership is quite different from when the e9x and M3 was introduced. I remember the e46fanatic OT forum back in say 03-04....tons of laughs. Maybe it's the more tight knit moderation here, but I rarely check the OT on this forum.
And the "watch" thread is rather common regardless of the forum. There's one on e46 that I'm sure still pops up now and then. People have different tastes, but I know I'd rather get a nice timepiece over one of the many overpriced exhausts.