Supportive spouse?

The wife can't believe I'm taking another watch photo...

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To be fair, she's very supportive and even learns the names of my watches. So, for example, she could tell you that my Sinn is pronounced Zinn, that's it's a U50 and it's made with tegimented submarine steel. She totally talked me in to buying my first two 'proper' watches. She will even guess which watch I'm wearing by touch when it is hidden up my sleeve. We're equally nerdy, though she doesn't wear a watch. I'm a lucky guy!

I often see threads joking around about the kind of misery that would be imposed if a spouse knew what you spent on watches, and I get it, there are more important things in life after all. But my wife honestly couldn't be more supportive. As I say, I'm a lucky guy!

To illustrate what I mean, I should start by explaining that she's an artist. She studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art and is constantly building stuff. Our house is part workshop and part laboratory, and I never know what I might find her up to the elbows in.

Anyway: back to the watches! I have long moaned that she has a more comfortable garden chair than I, so she set about printing the material and then creating a new sun lounger for me. Bless her, she realised almost as she finished that she'd done it upside down and is now contemplating taking it all apart and starting again. The chair has images of three of my favourite watches, as well as a reproduction of the Christmas card image we sent this year - a portrait of us sporting beards of lichen (also made by her). Make of it what you will.

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Another of her 'watch curio' creations (this one for Christmas a couple of years ago) was a homemade watch-shaped watch box containing a watch-shaped book featuring pictures of me taking pictures of my watches with locations and dates... How weird is that!

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Weird, wonderful and one of a kind! As I say, I'm a lucky guy!

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So, after a veritable essay, I get back to the original question: how supportive is your spouse?

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First! Can she make me one of those flip picture books shaped of the watch!!! that’s so cool! And yeah you guys are weird 😂…btw I dunno about you that is marketable!! 

My wife is supportive enough but she is also my checks and balances. She‘s the logical one and I’m the stupid one so we balance out. 😁… someone has to be the adult right …

and yes you are a lucky guy

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The wife handles the finances in the house as I am too much "see shiny, buy shiny", but she has yet to get mad at me for buying a watch. 

Guess I need to up my game 😈

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You're a lucky guy!

My wife simultaneously supports and has no interest in my hobby.  I'm pretty much okay with it.  We've come to the conclusion that we share so many interests already (food, wine, travel, business, etc) that it's okay for us to have things which we are separate on (shoes/purses, watches, types of literature, TV shows).

She only has a couple rules which I think are eminently fair.

  1. No more watches than watchbox slots (12 slots currently).  Past that, one in one out.
  2. No long term debt on watches (not hard).
  3. Whatever I buy, I have to wear (harder).
  4.  I don't try to convince her that these are generally interesting things.

That said, she does have an appreciation for fine luxury goods so she intuitively gets why watches are interesting....she just has zero interest in them for herself.

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Edge168n

You're a lucky guy!

My wife simultaneously supports and has no interest in my hobby.  I'm pretty much okay with it.  We've come to the conclusion that we share so many interests already (food, wine, travel, business, etc) that it's okay for us to have things which we are separate on (shoes/purses, watches, types of literature, TV shows).

She only has a couple rules which I think are eminently fair.

  1. No more watches than watchbox slots (12 slots currently).  Past that, one in one out.
  2. No long term debt on watches (not hard).
  3. Whatever I buy, I have to wear (harder).
  4.  I don't try to convince her that these are generally interesting things.

That said, she does have an appreciation for fine luxury goods so she intuitively gets why watches are interesting....she just has zero interest in them for herself.

For some reason I picture you and your wife sitting down and addressing the fine details of the marriage contract 😜

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Ichibunz

First! Can she make me one of those flip picture books shaped of the watch!!! that’s so cool! And yeah you guys are weird 😂…btw I dunno about you that is marketable!! 

My wife is supportive enough but she is also my checks and balances. She‘s the logical one and I’m the stupid one so we balance out. 😁… someone has to be the adult right …

and yes you are a lucky guy

She says she controls supply tighter than Rolex, so you'd better get saving if you want the watch book. Put your name down and you might get the call in a couple of years. However, like any AD, you stand a better chance if you lavish us with gifts and compliments... 😂

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UnholiestJedi

The wife handles the finances in the house as I am too much "see shiny, buy shiny", but she has yet to get mad at me for buying a watch. 

Guess I need to up my game 😈

Must have more shiny! I totally get it. ✨

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Edge168n

You're a lucky guy!

My wife simultaneously supports and has no interest in my hobby.  I'm pretty much okay with it.  We've come to the conclusion that we share so many interests already (food, wine, travel, business, etc) that it's okay for us to have things which we are separate on (shoes/purses, watches, types of literature, TV shows).

She only has a couple rules which I think are eminently fair.

  1. No more watches than watchbox slots (12 slots currently).  Past that, one in one out.
  2. No long term debt on watches (not hard).
  3. Whatever I buy, I have to wear (harder).
  4.  I don't try to convince her that these are generally interesting things.

That said, she does have an appreciation for fine luxury goods so she intuitively gets why watches are interesting....she just has zero interest in them for herself.

I love the parenthesis on rule 1, which suggests a loophole you think she's missed (I bet she hasn't). 😂

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Wow, how talented is your wife?! 😳Amazing 👏 She sounds very awesome and supportive, and you are one lucky guy!

Actually, she seems almost as cool as my husband's wife.

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She is...and as she stated, " it is much better than many other endeavors (hobbies) possible."  Very fair.   But don't drain the checking account. 

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Calumets

She says she controls supply tighter than Rolex, so you'd better get saving if you want the watch book. Put your name down and you might get the call in a couple of years. However, like any AD, you stand a better chance if you lavish us with gifts and compliments... 😂

Let’s start with compliments…I think your wife is very thoughtful and ultra creative!! And expect some fruit baskets within a day or two 😂 and I would purchase garden watch pillows as well 😁

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My wife insisted I buy my grail and has been a good sport and supportive when getting my grail got me into obsessing over (collecting) watches.  That being said, short of being a watch collector herself, your wife wins!  

From the responses, it sounds like most of us are pretty lucky (but then again, maybe we wouldn't be on watchcrunch if our spouses weren't as supportive).   

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Calumets

I love the parenthesis on rule 1, which suggests a loophole you think she's missed (I bet she hasn't). 😂

No way she's missed it.  It's just a subject of a future negotiation 😜

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My husband loves my fascination with watches because A. I’ve turned it into a business B. I get him nice watches and C. When he randomly asks me, “What’s that guy wearing?” he’s still impressed with my watch-id capabilities 😂 

Your wife is very thoughtful!

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You seem to be as lucky as me and others in this thread to have a supportive spouse. My wife teases me relentlessly about my collection, but she is supportive of me and always tells me, "as long as the bills are paid, you are good." She has also given me a number of watches as gifts over the years.

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These six watches are her contribution to my collection. 🥰

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Ichibunz

For some reason I picture you and your wife sitting down and addressing the fine details of the marriage contract 😜

Hah, you're not far off.  We're both pretty low emotion people so I'm certain a conversation like that happened at some point.