Do I really want to move from having a collection that I wear in rotation to being a collector?
Am I willing to buy watches that I probably won't wear?
What you see here is the first watch I have procured that I have never worn! It sits in the safe and brings me joy from there. I always think about wearing it, but it is so valuable as a collectible, I am quite shy to do so. I bought it because it is such a beauty and for sure it looks great on my wrist (as you can see), but I have so many watches that are also stunning and this one never beats them to my wrist. I love this Journe and I cannot imagine letting it go, but at this point, it is a safe queen. And my first one.
I was inspired to write this post because I am about to pull the trigger on another watch that may share the same "fate" as this one: a first generation platinum A. Lange & Sohne Datograph with black dial. And I honestly don't know if I want to go there because I have always been a guy that "uses" my stuff. When I had three pre 1970 automobiles, I drove them all in rotation. (I now have the one first generation 911 that I take out almost every weekend.) So, I like the idea that I wear all of my watches. But I do enjoy this Journe, and I am in love with the Datograph already.
If I tell the truth, I have other pieces I never wear and just enjoy -- I recently bought a ladies Borel that I am very proud of and love to look at it. I also have several Heuer stop clocks built around the same time as my Porsche 911 (~1970). These sit in my safe as well and get admired from time to time.
I guess the question that I am trying to send out to the purists here is this: should I go for the Datograph even though I will rarely wear it? I have several other chronographs and don't "need" to wear this one. Should I still get it?
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