Opportunity costs in watch collecting
... I don't mean that I should have rather put the money in the retirement fund.
What has been on my mind recently is the limited time I can wear each of my watches - which is my main source of enjoyment. More and more, when contemplating a purchase I think of the time I will be able to wear the other watches less if I buy a new one. And then I often don't buy. What that leads to is concentrating the collection to ever fewer watches of ever higher (obviously subjective) value. Anyone else who feels this way? I know many of you have huge collections so it is clearly different for you.
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Opportunity costs in watch collecting
... I don't mean that I should have rather put the money in the retirement fund. What has been on my mind recently is the limited time I can wear each of my watches - which is my main source of enjoyment. More and more, when contemplating a purchase I thi...
A few years ago I noticed that i was wearing 4-5 watches waaaay more than any of the others so I’ve sort of imposed a usability criteria on anything I’m considering.
Yes and no, Andreas.
Yes, because I can let several of my watches go in order to fund a pricey Grail. No, because I can also sell or trade several of my watches I don't wear anymore for some watches which are not necessarily unaffordable, but which which I will wear with a lo...
Yes...currently trying to consolidate...
And trying to reduce quantity for quality. Like you said I try to wear and rotate all my watch and I do but I can’t really wear Grail all the time so there’s dilemma. However, then new and better watches keep coming out and I added more, lol... I’m not go...
every watch in my collection must meet one criteria,must be that kind of watch that can be kept as one and only watch,so anytime if I decided or if needed all can go except one,the problem will be witch one will stay ,but in this way I can wear all of the...
I get enjoyment out of just looking at them also.
I have in the past owned numerous watches there was no possibility of wearing, including (beautifully crafted) ladies' watches, pocket watches, movements that did not even have cases, etc. That was fine, but I eventually I got rid of them. Now, when I thi...
I agree with you....
that is why I sold the watches that I wasn’t wearing enough. I’m 67 years old and I might buy a grail watch but I like wearing three watches that I really love.
That is the key question
Not sure there is an easy answer - assuming your main enjoyment is in wearing, how much do you value diversity? If you don’t logic drives you to a “collection “ consisting of the one best (to you) watch you can afford and that’s not the answer for most of...
I think we are similar in our approach.
I think the ideal would be 2! A very nice “beater” and horological grail. However, ideal doesn’t exist. However, there are a number of good reasons to keep the number low: you get to spend more time with the watch you love most. Money are freed to go “hig...
Same issues for me
And to me, the main thing is not about the watches, but what I wear. To me, if I don’t wear them, it essentially means I don’t like them as much as I think I did, and embarked on a process 3 years ago to reduce the collection drastically. My target was 5,...
I hear what you’re saying
I sensed something similar and expansion of my collection has slowed down for that reason. I now own about 25 pieces and that’s enough.
Very Good Point - joy
Letting of a watch to someone who enjoys it more- we can work towards maximizing pleasure in the entire community! Best Andreas
Have you ever seen . . .
. . . Seven Waves Away ? "If only we didn't have so many people in this boat!" For some strange reason, this film comes to mind. ;-)
For me, ownership alone is not enough to justify a purchase.