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Why do we own more watches than we need?

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mikephuvie

Aside from the fact that we want watches for different occasion, lifestyle, design,etc. We can logically wear only one at a time but yet we do own several dress watches, sports watches, complication watches, beaters, etc. What do we do with the ones we do not wear? I keep several watches in the safe deposit box at the bank and do not get to enjoy them. I still do not know why I own much more than I need. What about you?

MP
 

doug sinclair

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Mike,

Need? What does NEED have to do with the number of watches we own? :) The nice thing about watches as a collectible is that we can actually USE them! Try that with stamps, coins, etc. Or (touchy subject?) guns!
 
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Wayne D.

Mike that's a good question and one I often ask myself. Although I never get a good answer to quit.lol Each watch I own seems to have a little story behind it on how I found it or where it was before I owned it. I like that. And as Doug says try wearing your stamps or doing something with your coins other than rolling them down a hill. Guns, you need a license and way too much paper work for me! I'll stick with watches. Any you don't want Mike just send them over to me.
 

Timm

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Yes! Hunters and collectors we are.... and our trophies are watches!
 
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knight427

The hunter comment got me thinking about my favorite on line hunting spots. I have whittled the 20 bookmarks in my watch sales folder to a few of my favs. Sometimes I feel like I've been to the end of the internet and back looking for cool watches. I'm sure I haven’t so be sure to share your favorites too.

FYI, I have not actually purchased from any of these sites.

http://www.coolvintagewatches.com/Cool/Cool_Vintage_Watches.htm
http://artoftime.com/
http://www.moonwatchtimepieces.com/Site/watch_home.asp

And don't forget the classifieds
http://www.pmwf.com/cgi-bin/SalesForum/webbbs_config.cgi
http://forums.watchuseek.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29
http://www.mwrforum.net/cgi-bin/px.pl

Happy Hunting,
knight427
 
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mikephuvie

So far the best answer has been "because we can". How do we stop?

I also would like to add another website with a wonderful collection of Rolex Bubbleback.
www.watchnet.co.jp/private-eyes
Make sure to select Rolex Bubbleback on the left.

Enjoy.
MP
 

RON in PA

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I have to laugh as this thread reminds me so much of similar threads on forums related to collecting guns. Someone is always complaining (tongue-in-cheek) that since they have started they can't stop.

Doug: We gun people get to use our guns all the time, tonight I'll be ventilating paper plates with a British WW2 revolver while wearing one of my mechanical wrist watches.
 

Timm

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Now what type revolver.. Enfield? Webley? And what wristwatch will you be wearing while routing the enemy?
 

doug sinclair

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Ron,

When I made that comment re: guns, I was thinking of Canada's gun registry set up a number of years ago. I was supposed to register every type of gun and its owner. Purportedly to reduce the use of guns for illigal purposes. It was originally to cost several million dollars, but after several BILLION were spent and the process was still far from complete, there was a change in government, and the idea was scrapped! During the program, people were compelled to weld barrels shut on certain classes of weapon in order to avoid registering it! You folks have it much easier where guns are concerned from what I understand.
 

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Tom T: Enfield number 2 mark 1*. Now I know why Tommy Atkins preferred the Smith and Wesson. Watch worn was my Davosa with an ETA 6497 handwound movement.

Doug: Well aware of the Canadian gun registration situation, most of us gunnies are very politically oriented. Laws here in the States are very variable and are primarily local (State) in nature,ie., in Pennsylvania where I live firearms are easily obtained providing you are a citizen with a "clean" record. Go next door to New Jersey and you get involved with permits and waiting periods etc.. Federal law does restrict certain classes of firearms such as full auto and those equipped with silencers. It also requires an "instant check" (when buying from a federally licensed dealer)to determine if you have a criminal record.
 

luger

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"We can logically wear only one at a time but"
http://www.tourbillon-watches.com/images/2003/thumbs/178-2.jpg
http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:S7uTZcC1j1WVPM:http://impressions-ba.com/images/destinations/Lebanon/hayek.jpg
 

Nachtmotte

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Sorry about guns, but please excuse these jokes:

....if I had to chose a tic-tac at my wrist or in an unknown suitcase, I would chose the first for my own secure...., then hunting for new adventures....

...sometimes it might comes dangerous for hunters and collectors, even when the tax office comes and they said: "You´ve too much watches......"

Best regards
Tony
 

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I believe Mike answered his own questions in the top post but another good reason that can be added is, because we like them.
-Cort
 

doug sinclair

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Among the reasons we keep acquiring more and more watches is exemplified by what happened to me today. Some weeks ago, an elderly fellow who is a long time customer of mine brought me two Omega gent's watches, for an estimate to repair them. One is a 70s vintage Cosmic automatic with date, in a gold shell case, and the other is a late 50s vintage gold filled manual winder. His daily wearer is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. After hearing my (modest) estimate, he told me not to bother, and perhaps I would have some use for them for parts! I asked him what he had to have for them, and was he sure no-one else in the family would be interested in them. He said nobody wanted them, and that if I would do a simple repair to a piece of jewellery owned by his daughter for him, we'd call it square! Done deal!
 
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v-regulator

Hello
Some brands like Cartier, Rolex and Patek
Philippe are really good investments.
Take the Patek perpetual calender 3940
for example, the price has gone up more than three times since it was bought some 13 years
ago.
The prices of Rolexes go up by about 9%
every tear.
So its a good idea to invest in certain
brands - beats the miserable interest rates
that banks give you for your fixed deposits.
 

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