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Old 02-24-2017, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has being on a watch forum been a bad influence on you?

For me I think being on forums has cost me thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in lost productivity. For me, my watch forum journey started with my Grandfathers watch that I wanted to get some history and a value on. I joined a forum and the next thing I knew I had a Hamilton. Without being on a watch forum I don't think I even knew Hamilton existed as a brand let alone it being a well respected, quality brand with an extensive history that I "needed" to have. So long first $750.

From there I decided I wanted a dive watch (of course a watch forum influenced me into thinking I "needed" one). Oh, and not just a dive watch but a ISO 6425 compliant one. No wait... why stop at compliant when you could have a CERTIFIED ISO 6425 dive watch. A few weeks later I had a Certina DS Action on my wrist. Why I decided I needed a dive watch i have no idea (forums?). I don't even like swimming and now I have a dive watch. Actually that's not true, I have 2. Because of watch forums I decided I needed a another cheaper dive watch so I wouldn't have to expose my good dive watch to things it was designed for… like water. Soooo, I sought out and bought a Citizen ProMaster Diver. So, now because of watch forums I really have two dive watches.. and I still don't like swimming.

It doesn't end there. Because of watch forums and while researching the other two divers I read about Vostok and their iconic Amphibias and Komandirkies. I learned about the completely different approach they took to case design and water resistance… of course I had to have one of each. The Komandirskie 24 hour because it was different and cool and an Amphibia because they are iconic and have a cult following that rivals Rolex. Now I guess that makes 3 dive watches… Did I mention I don't like swimming?

Somewhere in this I decided I was going to need to work on some of my watches, so I bought a basic watch repair kit, followed by better tools, followed by more tools all influenced and guided by forums, which I have decided are the root of this mess. Well, now that I had tools a forum told me that there were excellent deals in the vintage market where i could get cheap movements to practice and hone my skills. 30 vintage watches later I have the confidence and skill to perform maintenance on many of my other watches.

I won't get into the other watches that I have bought because of things I've read or decided were cool based on a forum. Nor will I get into the underlying, unspoken peer group pressure I feel to buy more. The more I look back the more I'm convinced if I had never signed up for a watch forum I would still only have my trusty old Seiko and a hell of a lot more money in the bank.

I say watch forums are bad
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To answer your question - YES! I'm glad to say yes! Bad in a good way. It's really not much different than other hobbies or interests. The one thing I find they all have in common is that they all try to empty your wallet.

I suggest saying no to your next watch purchase & enroll in swimming lessons. Be sure to wear a diver.
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The only question is whether watch forums or The Fountain Pen Network have been or will be more detrimental to my wallet...

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I guess it just depends on what one is into at the time. I once was a serious coin collector and spent many thousands in that hobby. I still collect an occasional coin but my interests strayed into collecting watches. Instead of keeping my passion in a safe and occasionally looking at them, I now can enjoy wearing my collection on my wrist where I can enjoy and appreciate them every day.

As to the cost of any hobby,it just depends on where your passion is and one's budget at the time. One can become obsessed with (any) hobby and they will seek out a forum that caters to their interests. I love this forum but many of us need to remember our limitations and in doing so,we can learn to appreciate what we have and admire and enjoy what others bring to the conversation.
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^^^ well said HB.
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This is by far the main forum I use. I have very much enjoyed it and have learnt a lot from the knowledge people that contribute here. It's here I gained a passion for automatic watches until I joined it was just Eco-Drives for me with 12 in my rotation. Now all my watches baring 1 are automatic. I have spent a fair bit but I have enjoyed it very much and would do it all again.

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Whether it is fishing, hunting, watches, or whatever, all us will spend our money on some favorite hobby or hobbies. Funny thread.
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When you truly love something you invest time and resources to relay that love. My wife has my heart and with that all of my spare time. We still go out on dates and on those dates I wear my watches.


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If I drank or smoked, I would have spent more than I have on this hobby, and have nothing to show for it except maybe lung cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. At least I can wear a different watch every day, and smile every time I look down at my wrist. Forums bad for me? Sure they are. But there are many things that are much worse.
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be thankful that you have a passion and love for this hobby. There are many people that don't have any hobbies or as stated above find unhealthy ways to spend their time. Just enjoy! Why Not?
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Watch forums...ah yes I've been in a few over the years. I have found that members in some watch forums are very informative, but there are some who are snobbish and ignorant, especially those who are established in what I call high end watches. They believe that one brand is the ONLY brand. BORING

On the whole though, I have enjoyed being a member, it provides me with being able to discuss all manner of things related to a hobby that I have had since my youth.

As for being a bad influence? Well you just have to be a bit strong willed when you get the WIS disease and know exactly what the consequences are if you overspend. I went through quite a bit of my finances at times in the past. I sold many watches to make up for my reckless expenditure, but I never made a profit.

I now have a few left, but I am older and wiser now.

Hindsight; a bad influence? Yes as far as my money went. I still enjoy them though.
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In my case I'd say that forums have been a good influence. When I first started noticing and getting interested in watches, my brand knowledge was only from what ads I'd see in magazines, which mostly consisted of Fossil, Invicta, Tag, Breitling etc.... However my budget was firmly in Fossil/Invicta territory.

Then I stumbled on the forums, more specifically diver watch forums. I learned about Seiko Monsters, 007s, Benarus, Helson, Halios......

I can't imagine how I'd learn about such a wide range of other brands without the forums.


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... we can learn to appreciate what we have and admire and enjoy what others bring to the conversation.
I think Howard hit it right there. The forums have been educational, entertaining, thought-provoking, and the example of the other guys here taught me to appreciate and be proud of what I have and to likewise appreciate what others guys have.

It's a great group to turn to for advice, a mutual support network of friends, and I love that!
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I suggest saying no to your next watch purchase
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Yes. Especially at first.

You come in, ask a question and get introduced to a swath of makes and models you never heard about. Then your list (lust) gets bigger.
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Amen.

I had a very similar decline into madness.

Maybe there;s a 12-Step programme out there for us?
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Amen.

I had a very similar decline into madness.

Maybe there;s a 12-Step programme out there for us?
Well, we've probably all admitted at some point that we have a problem, so step one is complete.
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