Dear friends,

Aug 09, 2019,05:10 AM

I post this here in the Rolex forum, but I believe the best place would be in the FrontPage, leaving to the moderator to decide

I ‘m in a strange mood, despite the wonderful vacation with my family

Despite my collection is not so huge and valuable, some strange thoughts started to emerge in my mind, maybe it’s my 50s coming quickly (September), maybe some concern for the future, maybe the fact that my beloved children are still very young (7 and 4 yrs old), maybe God knows what... but I seriously started to think the best way to act is to reduce significantly my collection from 40 something watches to 5/7 at maximum lifting up a bit the quality of the remaining pieces but freeing some money for the future

Is it a thought that sometimes affects also others or it is only my middle age crisis, which could be also treated by buying a red vintage 911... 😜

Curious to ear what is your opinion
Thanks in advance

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Hello Luca!

 By: sham1 : August 9th, 2019-05:21
Whatever you decide, please do not sell your Cartier Tank Cintree!! I can definitely subscribe to your thoughts of down sizing your collection because personally, I feel no more than ten quality watches is all one needs to make a brilliant collection. I w... 

Hi Sham,

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-06:14
The feeling of being guilty (to some extent 😉) is another factor, coupled with the fact that over a certain number of watches you cannot even enjoining them, being most of the time in the bank safe 3 Patek 3800, calatrava wg 5296, Aquanaut Crono 2 AP A hu... 

Enjoy your time in the mountains Luca!

 By: sham1 : August 9th, 2019-10:28
Please do not sell anything until you are 100% sure that you are ready to!

I haven't let my collection/addiction get too out of hand

 By: Watch_This : August 9th, 2019-06:03
I have 6 or 7 what I would consider very nice watches, and honestly, there is only one other that I feel I "need"... at least for the moment. I am not limiting myself to how many I ultimately own, but I do want them all to get adequate wrist time. Once th... 

Thanks Drew for participating...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-06:16
... exactly my feeling now as I wrote above replying to sham All my best Ciao Luca

Dear Luca , i think i know how you feel .

 By: Watchonthewrist : August 9th, 2019-06:59
I will be 50 next year too and like you i also been thinking of reducing my humble collection to arround 10 to 12 watches at some point in the near future as a lot of watches dont get enough wristtime they deserve imo . Still not sure when or which will n... 

How does one respectfully reduce one's collection?

 By: jim_94104 : August 9th, 2019-07:19
I don't have that many watches but there are a couple that I find just sitting in the safe. I love them but perhaps I should let others have them since they are not on my wrist at all. I just don't know how to sell them. Thanks.

Same here Jim...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-07:34
... much easier to buy than to sell Never approach Chrono24 or other platform With dealers you only can expect an exchange (not favorable), instead of money in most of the cases Auction houses? It depends on each piece you have, but reducing the collectio... 

As I mentioned to Jim above, when I needed to sell, I've sold through the forums to established members.

 By: Tavio_George : August 9th, 2019-10:55
I feel that buyers are often more "protected" in these transactions than sellers, so proceed cautiously if you go this route. Best of luck!

I've done my selling through the forums (admittedly not many). Like most here, I buy more than sell :)

 By: Tavio_George : August 9th, 2019-10:31
My focus is always selling to established members even if I have to accept a little less. You always hear about "buying the seller" when looking to purchase a watch but I find it equally important to "buy the buyer" when selling a watch. Best of luck!

It's something all collectors go through...

 By: SALMANQ8 : August 9th, 2019-07:27
I marked my 20th year of collecting last year, in the first 10 years I was a wild machine, buying buying buying and then selling and then buying, non stop, I wanted to own and experience every kind of watch under the sun. It really helped with my educatio... 

Reducing the collection. I had to read your target to feel relieved. :)))

 By: amanico : August 9th, 2019-08:00
Mid Life crisis... You have to celebrate it in the greatest way and to never forget that we only live once. So, if a vintage Red 911 is your dream, GO! 7 watches is a good number. I would say 12, but with 7 you have all my admiration. I am on the same way... 

Ciao Amico...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-09:05
... the red Porsche it’s a sort of joke we have here in Italy, at least in Milan, to mark the midlife crisis, when you try to mimic also how younger men dress, the bracelets, some funky sneakers, and at some point for someone a 20 yrs lady, not my case...... 

I think we all struggle with the right number of watches in a “collection “.

 By: Bill : August 9th, 2019-08:03
One strategy has been to limit to one box of watches. At first a box of four but it soon was too small the 6, 12 etc. That did work to well as there are to many box sizes of course no fault to the watches. The strategy of every time one comes in one has t... 

Hi Bill...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-09:08
... one in, one out is a perfect strategy, the only problem is to choose which ha to leave your home... just like loosing a friend you doesn’t hear for some time, leaving him in the safe instead that on your wrist... bit he is still a friend with which yo... 

It hurts to read your post ...

 By: destrodan : August 9th, 2019-21:49
... as I've tried all three of those strategies with spectacular failure! Kind regards, Dan

To a certain degree, I ascribe to the philosophy of quality over quantity

 By: vitalsigns : August 9th, 2019-08:04
I would keep the ones I wear and love the most, and consolidate the rest

I think the trick is to stop calling what we do as a "collection" or "collectors, but instead enthusiasts.

 By: Blansky : August 9th, 2019-08:18
Because to me collecting is much like hoarding. If a person has unlimited funds, I guess collecting is fine but in reality these remarkable toys should be worn and not fetishized by sitting in a safe or box and taken out twice a year to get touchy-feely w... 

How is it possible to agree to what everybody wrote?

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-09:17
I’m an enthusiast, and not a collector, you are definitely right!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful definition that I will use to define myself in case Ciao Luca

I think that...

 By: FlyingSnoopy : August 9th, 2019-08:39
it is a great idea... Actually I have been doing th same thing for the past few months... Good luck

Lucky you!!!

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-09:18
If I may, how and where do you sell your watches? Looking forward to hearing from you Thanks Luca

Second hand dealers...

 By: FlyingSnoopy : August 9th, 2019-11:18
I might try Chrono24 too... Cheers

Nice in theory

 By: Rapwatch : August 9th, 2019-08:54
I strongly understand your thinking. However, consolidating value into fewer pieces means you are then wearing individually higher and higher value. Are you ok with that? Will you still enjoy them then? Or will you be paranoid about going some places? R

You’re right...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-09:14
... I’m already paranoid, like all of us, even wearing a 17.03 Ming I’m paranoid, in my idea is to keep 1/2 everyday watches, you could wear without any fear, there is only another problem... At this point probably the right number has to increase a littl... 

Hmmmm, those 1or 2 are going get a lot of use...

 By: Rapwatch : August 9th, 2019-09:48
to some degree I find what you would use for those more interesting as a result. Are you excluding beaters from your collection? I mean, I have a couple of good solid ones that are for nasty jobs where you still want a watch. I'm thinking Seiko SKX level.... 

It depends what midrange means...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-12:23
... and again you are right, also because even if I reduce my number of watches but then I always wear a Ming or a Unimatic, to the extreme I should sell the others as well Seeing too many pieces getting older in the sage is not my cup of tea as of now I ... 

intersting dilemma Luca & few days ago i was on exactly this conversation with one of our fellow Purists (actually Pure Purist i could say)...

 By: mahesh : August 9th, 2019-11:20
i was trying to keep my collection below 5 since couple of years (successfully) but each time my list to acquire gets longer & selling one of the 5 is painful. i guess one another way to define, is to choose 1 watch per dress code we normally wear ove... 

Dear Mahesh...

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-13:04
... you could be right, that’s why my original number was 6/7.... Now the real dilemma is what they will be? For sure I won’t think to sell: bulgari Octo Finissimo cartier Tank Cintree platinum Aquanaut crono Pate 3800, it was one of my father’s watch and... 

I'm sure you'll find the 6/7 pieces that sings to your heart !

 By: mahesh : August 9th, 2019-13:14
& sure that Patek 3800 is a heirloom memory to pass on to future generations ! Best, mahesh.,

Here’s another perspective ...

 By: cazalea : August 9th, 2019-14:25
I have over 100 watches and I am fairly content... every time I go to my watch closet I (re)discover a watch I haven’t seen for months. It then reminds me of a person, a place, a watchmaker, a brand, and a visit to CH or Japan. I have several for any occa...  

Dear Cazalea,

 By: mywrongwrist : August 9th, 2019-14:38
I fully respect your opinion despite it seems lime you are shouting a bit As you may have read I express the same concept, every watch reminds us everything, why, where, when we bought it Imho at least for me the time to reflect if it is right or wrong to... 

My position is a bit different as most of my collection is spread across . . .

 By: Dr No : August 9th, 2019-15:14
. . . relatively affordable vintage Omegas, so selling off a portion won't do much for my bottom line, and anyways, selling is a pain in the ass. Like, when a moderator asks you to post a photo of the watch set to a specific date and time on a local newsp... 

:) [nt]

 By: amanico : August 9th, 2019-15:31

I believe you might be referring to a tongue-in-cheek request

 By: cazalea : August 9th, 2019-20:38
I’m just checking to see if you’re still on your toes. Obviously I’m feeling a bit better. Cazalea

We are of the same opinion

 By: reintitan : August 9th, 2019-17:51
I'm trying to curate my collection down as well, but I don't think I'll ever make it to under 10, so for myself, a more realistic number is around 20 - 25 tops It's hard, but eventually with discipline, and also realizing that the "love" is gone for some ... 

when is enough enough

 By: InDebtButOnTime : August 9th, 2019-20:20
I've gone back and forth on this .... from OMG I have WAY too many watches to something like Cazalea's take on it. Basically I've decided to accept the fact that I really dig wasches and while I might sometimes let go of a piece I must be very careful ...... 

So says the my pal who just bought a Macan

 By: cazalea : August 9th, 2019-20:43
But then who am I to point a finger? We do this for fun. If we can’t afford it we shouldn’t do it. Sorry if I came off as shouting in my previous post. I have a few nice watches but honestly, ridiculous quantity makes me happier than ultimate quality. I’m... 

Quantity vs Quality

 By: InDebtButOnTime : August 10th, 2019-08:02
I've tried using this as a means to lower the number of watches. Sell a few lower end pieces and use those proceeds to buy a really nice high(er) end watch. Somehow its never worked. Maybe its because there are some very desirable watches at all price poi... 

Great thought-provoking post

 By: destrodan : August 9th, 2019-21:44
I'm in my early 40s but I'm in the process of moving pieces myself (just sent one off to Christie's for auction at year end). I really don't know where I'm going with the hobby but I'm slimming down and realizing that I'm less of a collector and more of a... 

I can appreciate this.

 By: Rapwatch : August 11th, 2019-06:25
My jam was vintage Speedies and got out when all the idiocy started. (See the last Sotheby's auction..... YIKES) R

I fully understand.

 By: destrodan : August 11th, 2019-17:01
I was on the Paneristi bandwagon quite a bit between 2002 to 2005, then started visiting more fora as the hype was just insane. Great people for sure, but the money aspect started to weigh more on my mind versus the watches so I moved on (the Panersti her... 

Nicely put, Dan. I never think about the value of my watches when I wear them. I just love them. Reducing the collection is something I have to start... To add some big guns, instead.

 By: amanico : August 11th, 2019-22:49
The good ratio would be three big guns in for 30 watches out. But it is a tough game. Letting my babies go is not that easy...

I can appreciate that. You have a great collection. When I see the wrist-shots ...

 By: destrodan : August 13th, 2019-13:33
... I can easily imagine the pain myself if you were to give up some of those beauties. That said, just think of the beauty of those three news watches just waiting to land on your wrist! Not to be an enabler here. Kind regards, Dan

I like to imagine my watch collection

 By: cazalea : August 10th, 2019-07:15
Like the Money Bin of Disney cartoon character Scrooge McDuck (yes I am still a naive child at heart): Cazalea ...