Buy and keep for a long period, but ultimately it was not sustainable.

Feb 27, 2021,09:01 AM
 

I eventually had many, many more watches than I could wear or than I wanted to maintain. I reduced my total watch numbers drastically (at least 80%) and was well satisfied with the outcome. Since then there have been lapses of discipline, but my basic intention is not to increase the total, so selling and trading must take place.

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Wondering...

 
 By: myles721 : February 27th, 2021-04:03
How many purists have purchased watches and never (or nearly never) sold them and how many keep their collections in a stasis and buy and sell all the time? Added image of Kohei's watch collection ...  

I have never sold one watch.

 
 By: aWtchslvr : February 27th, 2021-04:11
Who knows but I think I’l never sell.

I’m a buy and keep kinda guy

 
 By: watch-guy.com : February 27th, 2021-04:19

I'm like the Riddler

 
 By: cazalea : February 27th, 2021-05:35
Some long-term, some buying but not much selling lately. I do need to whittle down the fleet though. I give away watches sometimes, or trade, to people who will be a good home for them. Cazalea

Buy and keep.

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : February 27th, 2021-04:21

Research, consider, buy, keep.

 
 By: stromer : February 27th, 2021-04:45
But sometimes I wonder if I should shrink a little.

That is also exactly my tactics 👍

 
 By: COUNT DE MONET : February 27th, 2021-10:01

I have never sold

 
 By: myles721 : February 27th, 2021-04:50
And I’m not really sure why. The idea of selling my watches is unappealing to me. My good friend does it all the time...maybe he likes to haggle...to each his own but I definitely think there is a psychology to both approaches.

I sell about one every two or three years or so.

 
 By: donizetti : February 27th, 2021-05:27
I am more of a buy and hold type but I also want to keep the number of watches manageable so I can wear them all often enough, so selling occasionally makes sense to me. Best Andreas

+1. Teachers have been known to assert an optimal class size of twenty eight . . .

 
 By: Dr No : February 27th, 2021-07:22
. . . above which managing tends to become increasingly difficult. The same concept applies to my collection: any more than thirty makes it difficult to give each one the appreciation it deserves. Art

That’s awesome!

 
 By: doubleup : February 27th, 2021-13:36

I feel like mentioning a legend like Kohei should be done in hushed tones :)

 
 By: BigFatPauli : February 27th, 2021-06:10
I very rarely sell. In 25 years of collecting I've sold 3 watches I believe. Traded one. The rest have all stayed.

I bought and sold , but lately I bought more than I sold

 
 By: hoseachandra : February 27th, 2021-06:16
The collection is growing, and my taste is getting mature IMHO. Nothing in my current collection that I don't like and want to sell. I still strive for a balanced collection (different case material, dial colour, function, etc). However, considering the c... 

In short, I'm mostly a seller, but in reality is the evolution of my taste, and the desire to keep the collection manageable.

 
 By: ZSHSZ : February 27th, 2021-06:19
Less pieces, more joy... Any object that doesn’t make me happy, has to go!

I believe watch collections

 
 By: myles721 : February 27th, 2021-06:46
paint a very interesting portrait of the collector. Not just aesthetics but deployment of capital, personal priorities, what one truly values (status, art of the deal, value for quality, unique function, science of horology) For instance there is a big di... 

Buy and keep for a long period, but ultimately it was not sustainable.

 
 By: mkvc : February 27th, 2021-09:01
I eventually had many, many more watches than I could wear or than I wanted to maintain. I reduced my total watch numbers drastically (at least 80%) and was well satisfied with the outcome. Since then there have been lapses of discipline, but my basic int... 

If not for Omega

 
 By: myles721 : February 27th, 2021-12:40
Shikoku might be first on my list...especially GS...

Buy, keep then give away.

 
 By: pmh6000 : February 27th, 2021-12:16

I still have my first and second watch I bought more then 30 years ago.

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : February 27th, 2021-12:54
But also sold a few , taste changes over the years and when a watch doesn’t puts a smile on my face then its time to pet it go . Overall i buy more then i sell 😬

I never...

 
 By: wover : February 27th, 2021-13:20
sold a watch in my life. I've still got the first watch I was given, a Pontiac, what else ? I even keep the ones I can not longer use, like a couple of 1980's Edox Delphins. - Wover

I used to buy and sell a lot..

 
 By: pejp : February 28th, 2021-06:45
...back in my single days in my late 20s/early 30s I used to buy and sell a lot, but it’s because I was buying watches that I couldn’t afford to truly keep, and I wanted to experience as many as possible. Basically I had a certain amount of dollars in my ... 

That is an excellent, honest comment...

 
 By: myles721 : February 28th, 2021-07:40
I have always purchased a notch below what I thought I could afford (with the exception of Omega ie. I could afford to replace every Omega with Rolex or JLC etc but for me Omega is the best) so that I wasn’t perpetually worried about having to sell someth...