Why are you here?

An important step in surviving a watch hobby is to ask yourself an important question. Why are you collecting watches?this is distinct from being interested in watches. You can like something without possessing it.the question is why do you,we,us,want so much of something that realistically you only need zero to two of?

I got a watch, I looked it and asked myself what watch is missing/new releases, then I look for it, try to get it, when I get it you feel job done, then repeat. Just a material boy in a material world. 馃槑

i think as a boy of course we need some "toys" just to look at, taking photograph of it, hold it after long day work. it can be action figure, cars, bike, but for now its the watch

I think acquisition disorders tend to be a product of relationship difficulties. The patient values and appreciates objects in ways that he (sometimes she) has problems doing with humans. Typically this is born of unaffectionate parenting or complete absence of nurturing parental figures during formative years. Emotionally cold and distant upbringings are very common among the collecting type.

I just like them. I have since I was a kid in the 60's.

Been going with the flow for decades and don't know , or care, why. That would ruin everything.

OscarKlosoff

I think acquisition disorders tend to be a product of relationship difficulties. The patient values and appreciates objects in ways that he (sometimes she) has problems doing with humans. Typically this is born of unaffectionate parenting or complete absence of nurturing parental figures during formative years. Emotionally cold and distant upbringings are very common among the collecting type.

This is an interesting theory. Are there studies to back it up?

OscarKlosoff

I think acquisition disorders tend to be a product of relationship difficulties. The patient values and appreciates objects in ways that he (sometimes she) has problems doing with humans. Typically this is born of unaffectionate parenting or complete absence of nurturing parental figures during formative years. Emotionally cold and distant upbringings are very common among the collecting type.

I will tell my mother that she failed with my upbringing. She is ninety one BTW.

OscarKlosoff

I think acquisition disorders tend to be a product of relationship difficulties. The patient values and appreciates objects in ways that he (sometimes she) has problems doing with humans. Typically this is born of unaffectionate parenting or complete absence of nurturing parental figures during formative years. Emotionally cold and distant upbringings are very common among the collecting type.

How much do you charge an hour for a therapy session ?

I guess I'm messed up according to Dr. @OscarKlosoff lol

Cheers!

I collect things for one reason: LEGACY. I want to have some nice things to pass on to future generations. That's also the reason that I am a registered armiger. (I won't go into details HERE, but you can look at my webpage here: https://altenaugenealogyheraldry.wordpress.com/ and specifically, this blog post here: https://altenaugenealogyheraldry.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/the-germanic-tradition-of-arms-transference/ if you are interested.)

My son and daughter are both very proud that our family has a coat of arms, which they can inherit from me, and pass on to their own children.

The new house that my wife and I are building is on 8 acres, and my son has already said that he will keep the house as his own / not sell it after we're gone. Of course, he is going to have to fight his sister for it, hahaha. Of course, one of them could easily build another house on the property, allowing for two families to live on the estate. I am sure that all of that will work itself out; both of my children understand the value of a family home, that stays in the family, and the value of being a landowner.

The reason I started collecting watches was because I saw a movie, or maybe it was a TV show (don't remember what it was / who was in it / etc.) recently, where the hero of the story was getting dressed, and he opens this dresser drawer that is filled with watches, contemplates for a moment, chooses one, and then starts choosing jackets, cuff links, and ties to match; and I thought, "Wow, that would be cool, to be able to have enough nice watches to go with any outfit." ...and that was that.

I already had three watches (two from my wife, one from my parents) that I had received as gifts over the years; so then I decided to learn all I could about watches, so that I could make informed decisions, and collect watches that would be reliable, long-lasting, and timeless in the fashion-sense.

I also wanted to end up with a collection that I could pass on to my son, again, the whole legacy concept. Eventually, one of his kids might be on this forum, saying "I'm wearing my grandfather's Tissot Classic Dream, which he displayed in over 500 WRUW posts, under the profile TwiceTollingClock." ...Or something like that, haha. 馃槑

Long story short: People collect things for different reasons. The reasons above are my own, personal reasons for being a watch collector. And the watches themselves are secondary, compared to what they add to my family's future history, traditions, and heritage. 馃榾

jcwatch

I guess I'm messed up according to Dr. @OscarKlosoff lol

Cheers!

Me too

Watches are like romance but you have to keep buying frogs until you settle on the one...or three...

I have OCD and collecting gadgets with near infinite variations keeps me busy and engaged vs annoying someone with my nitpicking including myself....oh plus they're fun to look at!

Like I said in my first post, I started collecting this year after a long absence because of my stroke and it's attendant problems.

I can't smoke and can't play conputer games (the fingers in my right hand lost some dexterity). So yeah, time to get back to watches.

I collect because I like shiny things. Bonus that they are also engineering marvels, which appeals to the technical/geek side of me.

I view it as art and enjoy the way many time pieces look.

Why does anybody collect anything? Does anybody need more than one car (are you listening Jay Leno? 馃槀)? Do I need a basement full of Bandai kaiju figures? Nope.

I suppose you either have the collecting gene or you don鈥檛.

The other thing is you can stop collecting. This happened with me and pens. I used to love to go pen shopping and have a smallish collection of pens. Since retiring, I find I just don鈥檛 have reason to carry a pen so it has been years since I bought a nice pen. I always thought it appropriate for an architect to carry a nice pen/pencil. I still have a nice collection from the day.