[Senior Patek Moderator]
Thanks for the further details, a really interesting journey! I do hope you'll write a piece about your collection, and we'll be glad to host it in the Patek forum if you so decide :-)
As far as trading something so unique for "just" a watch, I'd probably think about it *very* long before pulling the trigger... I do understand, however, the feeling that comes upon completion of a project, and the desire to somehow move on and find new motivations. I just hope you'll have the opportunity to admire the results of a such a fascinating, long-term "hunt" for a while longer.
I have two (less sophisticated than yours) "side collections" with Patek that I hold dear, and which took me several years to put together since I decide to start (in one case, I'm not even done yet!).
One are the classical Patek magazines, and the other the annual "rare handcraft" books. My goal was to collect them all in new condition (without purchasing them from the net or dealers!
), and I'm now grateful to Patek itself and to a bunch of kind ADs that helped along the way, if the project is near completion. I have received the full rare handcraft library (2011 through 2019), and 43 of the 44 issues of the magazine published since its inception (still missing #2 of the first volume -- hopefully, someone will find it and send it my way eventually!! ;-)
These two collections, especially the rare handcraft books, will never leave my house in Italy -- even if someone (completely crazy) were to offer me a real, rare handcraft watch in exchange!
Let me thank you again for sharing a beautiful and original story. And should you acquire more information on your fascinating collection, please feel free to share with the Patek forum! ;-)
Hope you will stick around. Cheers.