As I contemplate and wrestle with the notion of getting a Watch Uber Alles, a Chimera to Elevate and Destroy the Soul, I calculate that the watch in question with its ETA movement would require a $150 service every 5 years. That's $30 a year, not bad. That's $900 for me if I get one at my current age, 51, and service the watch till I'm 81.
Add the cost of the watch and the total cost is about $1,800. If I wear the watch one day a week over the next 30 years, that's about 1,560 "wears." Price per wear on the wrist is $1.15. So every time I slap it on the wrist, I'm paying the watch gods over a dollar. If I wear it twice a week, I can get the "wear" price to under sixty cents.
If you are an FM listener, then I would actually steer away from the Sangeans. They are not selective and not particularly sensitive. A Tecsun DSP model or the CC Pocket would be far better choices for FM listeners.
I've been following your blog ( specifically the watch section ) for quite some time now. I'm writing to you because I have run into a sort of crisis myself in regards to watches. A coworker of mine originally introduced to me the Invicta brand after showing me his collection, and after I began my pursuit of obtaining timepieces I stumbled upon your blog and always found it insightful to read.
I am writing to you because I seem to be going through a similar transition as you have gone/ are going through yourself. I am, and have been for quite some time, unable to decide on where to take my collection next, and have been "stuck in limbo" when it comes to watches. I was very happy purchasing large Invictas ( although I have not come close to purchasing as many as you have ) up until a few weeks ago.
I am a college student working part-time construction until I graduate. I used to attend the gym on a daily basis, and at my biggest was steadily hovering at about 250-260 lbs. I was fairly muscular, thick, and was able to wear my large Invictas well, meaning that the large watch suited the large guy. When hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast area, I stopped attending the gym due to being directly affected by the storm - and haven't gone back since. I have not been eating properly, not working out, and have suffered the consequences of losing almost 40 lbs, and losing mass that I've worked tirelessly to gain. It is around this time after the storm I started having a crisis of self, that extends to many areas besides my watch collecting. However, I view my watch collecting as a direct expression of myself, so naturally I am suffering psychologically from being unsure of what I want.
I am unsure of whether or not I want to continue buying Invicta watches because they no longer bring me the joy that they once used to, even with the notion that one day I would own them. I have instead turned to other brands and am trying to find something that would once more bring me the joy of watch buying, that would once more allow me to express myself with confidence that this is the real me. I believe I have found this with the Seiko "White Samurai," as this watch is extremely appealing to me for some reason I don't quite understand. What I fear however is how I can go from giant oversized watches to these smaller form factors without feeling an emptiness that would be there due to the different size. I was wondering whether you would be able to recommend me a specific watch that you believe would solidify my transition to another brand or brands, of finer watches, that would help me get my mojo back.
I was wondering whether you could recommend a watch that would really make me stop and go "Wow, this watch... This watch is what I've been searching for, missing from my life."
I smoked cigarettes for about ten years (plus a few lingering years of occasional relapses) and I figured that the appeal of that sort of addiction is that it gives you a controlled self-gratification mechanism: You have rising desire (for a cigarette) which becomes quite intense, and then you can fulfill it and you feel immense pleasure and satisfication...until it grows again, but then you can satisfy it again.
Watch addiction is the same, but the problem is the cost. Now I can imagine an income twice what it is now and being able to buy more expensive watches, but then it would equalize and I'd simply be dealing with a different sphere of watches. So yeah, it doesn't matter how much you make - there's always going to be more.
(Actually, the latest studies show that middle income people tend to be happier than those of extreme wealth or poverty).
So as I said in one of my too-long responses last night, I see three options: 1) Either we over-indulge and eventually get ourselves into trouble (debt); 2) We avoid the cycle altogether and become hermits; or 3) We learn to moderate.
#3 is the ideal, in my opinion, but it requires a psychological shift - "killing the chimera," if you will. Learning to appreciate what we have, seeing it with new eyes, etc. Practically speaking this means buying a moderate amount of watches. I don't think there is an absolute rule at work, but one a month seems healthy, at least for me.
The more you buy, the more you want. That's what our society runs on, which is pathological, in my opinion. A more sustainable, balanced future is not one in which we continue to over-indulge, nor is it one where we need to completely abstain from material pleasures, but finding that nebulous middle way. It seems like walking on a razor's edge but the more you do it, the easier it is. It is sort of like doing a yogic headstand - at first it seems impossible to balance between falling backward and forward, and then you find that magical place and you're floating.