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August 26, 2015

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Lee_K

I urge you to do it. Liquidate your entire collection save one beater (one of the Citizens) and then use the proceeds to get the Omega. One of two things will occur:

1. You will achieve watch nirvana and the torment will stop forever

2. After the Omega honeymoon wears off, you'll start haunting WUS and eBay and once again long for a MM300 or Grand Seiko and start the obsessive process all over again.

My guess is that outcome two above is the more likely scenario. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it at least once in your watch career. What's the harm, really? The initial sell-off will fund the Planet Ocean. If you grow tired of the Omega, sell it too and start over again with a better understanding of what makes you tick (pun intended). They make new watches every day and they are only a few clicks away from your doorstep.

But if you don't do it, you will always wonder, "What if?"

herculodge

Part of me likes your plan, but anothe part of me would want to handle in person or even "rent" a Planet Ocean before I made such a drastic move.

Lee_K

Sure. Due diligence needs to be done on the Omega. My wife asked me the other day, "What watch would you get if money were no option?" I didn't have an answer for her (which surprised her), but knew that such a purchase would have to be researched for months before an answer could be produced.

I look at it this way: watch obsession is part of our DNA -- but it also a hobby. I know people who play golf and easily spend over $10,000 a year in greens fees, equipment, travel expenses, and clothing. It's what they do with their time and it makes them happy. I make no judgement towards how people chose to exercise their leisure time. Other people take their family to Disney World for a week of vacation and blow $5,000 on hotel rooms, rental car, air fare, food, entry fees, souvenirs, and a bad sunburn. For those of us that dabble with watches at the levels we do (Tier 4 and 3), the costs are relatively small. If we have ten lower cost watches, or one Tier 2, it really makes no difference other than being an alternative way to enjoy the hobby. It all costs the same.

Again, the caveat is that we prioritize our expenditures properly: housing, food, medical, schooling, and retirement ALWAYS come first before discretionary spending. Whatever is left over can be spent however we like: Disney World, Pebble Beach, or a Rolex Submariner.

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