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September 01, 2014

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Angelo

In some ways, it's like any other addiction. If you're addicted to something that might be destructive----drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc.----it's sometimes possible to "beat the addiction" and that might last for a good long time---but at some point, if there's a temptation put in front of the addict, he/she might bite. I see watches and radios the same way. For radios, I am no longer buying them on impulse, every couple weeks. The collection got too large and out of control. I became satisfied with what I have---including my grail, the Panasonic 2200. I have radios that are clones of those I had in my childhood. I have great travel radios, vintage boomboxes, every brand I really want, represented. Yet every once in a while, I see one on E-Bay that draws me in----and I buy. And watches are a harder habit to kick because they're small enough that the collection can be stored in a filing cabinet or a couple drawers----even a large collection.

jonnybardo

As you know, Jeff, I'm in a bit of an abstinence phase. I haven't purchased a watch since May - about four months. To a non-addict that would be "so what?" But for me it is the longest period of abstaining from purchasing since early 2012.

But the word "abstinence" doesn't really work for how I feel because it implies willpower, as if I'm fighting hard to maintain a state of negation. I simply don't feel the desire. As I told you, part of this was because my tastes were getting more and more expensive, so I had to cut myself off - so there was will at first, I had to say "OK, I have to stop this." But eventually it became easy, and part of that was because I was satisfied with my twin Grails - the Omega Seamasters. I was able to really see the beautiful pieces I had before me and realize that the only way to surpass them was to get more and more expensive, and down that road lies oblivion.

It may be as simple as me having mastered my desire (for watches, at least!) rather than the desires mastering me, but again that implies some kind of willful power over my urges, and it is really much easier, and more natural than that. I simply am not having the urge in a strong way. The only "willful" aspect to it is that I'm not fanning the flames, not browsing Watch Recon or thinking about my next purchase.

I hope it lasts - at least for awhile!

herculodge

Your response to climbing the ladder is reasonable, logical, and ultimately salubrious. I hope I don't need any willpower to go on hiatus after I get my Megalodon in 2015.

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