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September 11, 2013

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Angelo

I see your point, but I love choice. I love having a wide range of choices for all sorts of things, including what I'm going to put on my wrist in the morning. My Citizen Eco-Drive called out to me this morning. Anyway, when I go to the supermarket----I want choices. I want 10 different brands of frozen pizza to choose from, not 5. I want so many different types of cat food to pick from, my head spins. Ditto, laundry detergents. For toothpaste, it's always Aqua-Fresh, but fortunately, they keep coming out with different varieties of that. Sometimes, I don't think we have enough choices. For watches? 20 is a very healthy number. But what comprises that 20 is critical. If it ends up being 20 watches without a wide variation, I don't think that suffices, at least not for me. It's fine to have two----maybe even three similar styled watches grouped in. Even if you maximized my formula, and had 21 watches----7 sets of 3 similar styles---you'd still have a different "style" for every day of the week, and the ability to rotate that style among three members. That's a lot of choice. But if instead, you ended up with 7 of each style---you'd only have 3 basic types and I could see that getting boring. And "styles" can mean anything from case size, to band material, to face color, gunmetal or silver, divers or fashion, dressier or casual, etc. For me, I even have a couple digitals to turn to (Casio G-Shock). If the watches all start to look the same----I almost feel that it begins to make even more sense to buy something in the $2000.00 range and then have maybe half a dozen watches that are at the most, a couple hundred dollars each.

jonnybardo

As I told Jeff in an email, my goal is to get down to about a dozen watches within two months (I'm at ~25 now). Like Jeff I find that the larger my collection the more watch-related stress I experience.

We could probably do a study to see if there is any correlation between preference of collection size and personality traits.

For serious watch enthusiasts (say, anyone who owns a half dozen or more, and buys a new watch at least once a year) one's collection is a reflection of who they are, and thus how it is configured - quantity, styles, etc - is meaningful.

I'm really of two minds. One one hand, I like the idea of an ever-growing collection, even keeping everyone one purchases as a kind of road-map of one's journey. The problem, though, is that you (or I) end up with a collection, 90% of which I don't wear.

On the other hand, I like the idea of constantly crafting the Perfect Collection, a harmony of different styles in ever-increasing quality, stepping up from low-end toward nicer and nicer pieces, or at least well-chosen ones that fit one's current tastes.

Right now I'm trending towards the latter approach, and I intuit this trend will continue. My general sense is that if I don't feel the urge to wear a watch even just once in a 1-2 month period, I should probably sell it.

I could see going down to about a dozen watches and staying there for a few years, and then going through another shift as go down to an even smaller collection of more expensive pieces. Who knows, maybe 10-15 years from now I'll own three fine pieces - maybe an Omega Seamaster chronograph, a Breitling Blackbird, and a Seiko SBDB001.

I honestly don't know, but projecting my trending over the last year+, that's the direction I'm heading. I think realistically I'll probably always have 10+ watches, and my collection will fluctuate. But for now I know that I want a smaller collection. As I told Jeff, I've upped my "set-point" in terms of cost, so need to trim down just in terms of finances.

Angelo

It's an interesting thing to contemplate, that's for sure. I think I'm much more impulsive and less serious about my watches. I have at least a couple dozen of them. Many of them are worth well under $100.00. Some are worth in the $200.00 range. That Renato was purchased used/new old stock. New, those are pricey. But my collection lacks any cohesive theme. If someone were to look at the watches owned by you, Ulysses, Jeff and I----I have a feeling, they would see a sort of continuity in your three collections (not among each other---but within each collection---in other words, they would understand the watch interests of each of the three of you and would see how each watch had a place in the respective collections. But for me, I think the expert would be perplexed---and even wonder if he/she was looking at several collections from very different people, all mixed up to confuse them. I am not proud of that fact, but that's just the way it is. There are cheap watches, more expensive ones, familiar brands that are highly regarded (Seiko, Citizen, Movado, etc.) and there are less familiar brands but with watches costing in the hundreds of dollars (Tauchmeister, Aeromatic, Renato) and then there are no-name cheapies too, that actually do get time on my wrist. On thing I will say Jonny----is that if you don't feel the urge to wear a certain watch in a 30-60 day period---I highly recommend that you go ahead and battle your instinct---put those watches on and wear them, even if they weren't your first choice that morning. You might be surprised that by wearing them with different clothing----or just wearing a watch again----you find yourself looking at it and thinking "Why did I wait so long to put this one one?" You can breathe new life into an old watch by overcoming the objection to wearing it and being pleasantly surprised. And if you don't get that positive vibe----you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's time to let it go.

Angelo

Forgot to mention, and old Omega and a Pierce that I own, that are valuable timepieces, and that I do wear occasionally. One other thing: What about a new band for a watch that you like, but aren't crazy about? Is it worth laying out a few bucks for a better band/bracelet to keep a watch in the rotation?

jonnybardo

I've gone through that, Angelo. Oftentimes I don't wear a watch for months because I've bought another, nicer watch that covers the same basic theme or underlying urge or style. Take, for instance, my older Seiko SSC015 and my newer Citizen Signature BL5440-58E. They aren't identical, but similar enough that if I ever wanted to wear a watch like the SSC015, I'd go for the more finely crafted and aesthetically pleasing Citizen. The SSC015 ends up sitting in the watch box and feeling superfluous.

I'd really like to hear more about Ulysses' collection. I can't remember him ever being specific.

jonnybardo

I missed your second post. I've thought of doing that with my Sumo. I love the dial and really like the case, but the bracelet is mediocre - a $200 watch's bracelet on a case that looks like a $1000 watch. I've looked around but haven't liked any of the possibilities.

Angelo

I think I remember a post when Ulysses said he didn't have many watches----not sure if I dreamed that or if it was an actual post. Hopefully he'll check in and can tell us. I thought it was very few watches, but nice ones.

Angelo

I noticed an ad in the new issue of Car and Driver----for the Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back. I love the looks of the watch----they don't list a price, but I'm assuming it costs plenty. Wasn't/isn't Tudor the step-down brand from Rolex? I thought they stopped producing Tudor? If they did end production, and if this new Tudor is still the same Tudor I remember----it appears they've gone in a different style direction. This isn't a wannabe Rolex----this one has its own style.

Keith Beesley

Gizmodo readers weigh in on smart watches vs. more traditional ones:

http://gizmodo.com/what-type-of-watch-do-you-wear-1319783295?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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