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February 26, 2014

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jonnybardo

I'll take a confessional stab at this one:

One. Guilty as charged, although I like to see it as a maturation process. I mean, everyone (or most of us) needs a "playing the field" phase in dating. Some become perennial bachelors and call it a day after that first argument and/or when the three-month honeymoon phase ends and Things Get Real. But there are layers upon layers upon layers.

None of us REALLY knows what we want, and when we get what we THINK we really want, there's something in us that wants something else. You know I can go off on this philosophically, so I'll abstain for the sake of relative brevity, but its a much deeper issue that isn't "solvable" by finding the perfect watch/collection/etc.

Two. I have a tinge of this, although have found that what works to get over this, for me at least, is to wear watches in cycles of a few days. This might just be how I work, but it always takes me awhile to fall in love, or fall back in love, with something. Quality grows on you. So where a year ago I might wear a different watch every day, often two watches n a day, I'm trying to give each more time, wearing a watch for two or three days, sometimes more, giving each their time. Actually, this is a good way to separate keepers. If a watch doesn't grown on me by the second or third day, chances are my tastes have moved on (I'm probably going to have to do this again with the Sumo).

Three. Haven't done more than one cycle (buying-selling-rebuying-now reselling), and that with the Invicta Capsule. I don't expect to re-buy that one.

But I've done this with books more than a few times. I have a voracious appetite for knowledge, especially in certain areas, but I buy far more books than I actually read; or rather, most of the books I buy I skim, use for reference, and then end up on a shelf. On one or two occasions I've bought books that I didn't realize I already owned (I have a few thousand).

herculodge

The watch that has driven me more crazy than any is the Sumo. I wonder if I keep mine as don't go crazy insurance. I'm not sure I need it otherwise now that I have the OSD. It's more comfy than the OSD though but a bit sedate. Maybe I crave sedation.

jonnybardo

I hear you on the Sumo. This makes me think that it should be kept. In fact, I'm going to take my Oris on and put the Sumo on right now...

...there. A beautiful watch, and definitely - in my mind - the gateway into the realm of true luxury dive watches. It has some of the subtle qualities - good movement, beautiful fit and finish, that more expensive watches have. With a better clasp it would be an $800 watch; with a better bracelet and clasp it would be a $1200 watch. With a sapphire crystal added, a $1500 watch.

I think the annoying thing about the Sumo is that its like a base model Lexus. It really could use some upgrading: a better bracelet and clasp, and perhaps a blue-tinted sapphire crystal, even domed.

Maybe my "next watch" should be upgrading the Sumo bracelet. Still haven't found the right one, though.

herculodge

From a tactile point of view, my CGT contours the wrist perfectly; the Sumo is a close second. Both have similar contours. Feeling at one with the watch gives it appeal.

jonnybardo

That's a good point, Jeff. In terms of contoured fit and comfort, the Oris is in a league of its own. After that, the Sumo, Citizen, and a couple others are similar.

jonnybardo

On a side, funny note, my 5-year old was looking over my shoulder as I was reading your blog, and she asked, "Is that you, Daddy, with one of your watches?"

I also ordered her a first watch, a $15 pink and purple Timex on Amazon. She's definitely more interested than my 8-year old.

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