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Old 07-10-2019, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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During my watch owner/collector life I have sold just two watches, one because it was a gigantic mistake and the other one to finance that gigantic mistake. The latter I still regret.

I have one watch on pre-order, a ‘vintage’ style dive watch made by Dutch brand Aevig. All my other watches are mainly dive watches as well, leaning heavily toward the 'vintage' homage style school.

I can afford, or are willing to afford one or two of those watches per year. Let’s say a thousand Euro per year. Having realized this, those amounts added represents one big brand watch. So sometimes I think about selling the lot and going for such a watch. Or two true vintage pieces that are on my dream list. But then what? Start anew? Quit the game? Be happy with what I have now? I know, a silly and utterly shameful first world problem and no one can answer that question. But what would you do?
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So sometimes I think about selling the lot and going for such a watch. Or two true vintage pieces that are on my dream list. But then what? Start anew? Quit the game? Be happy with what I have now?
I have similarly considered having one, perhaps two high end watches. However, I've gathered my small collection of 20 vintage/near vintage watches for the sole purpose of enjoying everything about them - from hunting them down to wearing them & learning about their history, their idiosyncrasies and doing some small time tinkering. This is what keeps my interest in watches alive and would most likely have been quite different if I only had one or two watches.
Living in a developing country I'm well aware that it does sound crazy because I should really be satisfied with just one watch
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I'm fairly happy with my 13ish watches. There are a few watched I really want to add and probably will in time. I'm at a point where the ones that really interest me are just outside my price range. I'm cool with that. My career change has been great and my income will just continue to increase. ... All in due time.

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I have often thought about this in the past and considered owning just two pieces, but personally I think it would change my outlook and ruin the hobby for me.
Many moons ago I remember only owning two watches both quartz, one was a Tag Heuer 1000 series that I wore practically everyday for 10 years and the other was a Citizen bi-colour chronograph that I wore every now and then for a change. I did enjoy both watches but the passion for watches was not present.
At the moment I have a modest rotation of 15 watches all divers barring 2 a GMT and chronograph, I absolutely love my rotation at the moment and enjoy all of the pieces within, I will never say never but I can't see this changing anytime soon.
Over the last few months I have often thought about perhaps selling 2 or 3 to fund a purchase of a H20 built to my specification, but at the moment I do not want to let any go.
All my watches get worn in rotation baring my 1 quartz this is because I have turned into a bit of a watch snob and quartz do absolutely nothing for me any more which is a little sad. I would sell this watch but my wife baught for me years ago, it does get worn occasionally.
It looks like I will be enjoying what I have for the foreseeable future but I am very happy with that.

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Such a neat question Frans, and a tough one too ! ..Was thinking that
it might be a good idea to hold on to those watches. I mean you don't want
to feel bad later on about not having them. Or then be looking to re add them
back into the collection.

So maybe just go with the flow, and enjoy. Then in a year, two, or three
maybe add that big brand grail you have wanted, or those nice vintage
ones you have been thinking about. This way you won't have any regrets,
and can have your cake, and eat it too !
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Thank you all for your thoughtful and elaborate replies!
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Thank you all for your thoughtful and elaborate replies!
Glad we could help you out a little sir.

Honestly thought I might have made things more difficult.
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