I Messed Up!

I'm new to this hobby. When I rediscovered my love for watches earlier this year I went a little crazy and purchased some 25 (maybe more) watches since March. Anything I thought was cool ended up in a cart and on its way to my house. Pagani, Invicta, Bulova Casio, Seiko, Microbrands, Timex, whatever. Some have seen a lot of wrist time, some have languished in boxes and some I straight up dislike.

Now I'm a few months into the hobby and learning what I ACTUALLY like and experiencing a connection with a few of the watches in my collection. Turns out I like tool watches most of all. My Canister Fieldmaster and Seiko Samurai really scratch that itch, I love my G-Shocks and Casios and my Bulova Lunar Pilot and Bulova Hack are going to be in my collection for a long time. The few microbrands I've bought are so interesting and unique, I love those ones too. 

The rest will serve as somewhat expensive reminder to reign in my enthusiasm the next time something shiny catches my eye. In the meantime I've promised myself not to buy anything else before Christmas and to give away the watches that I don't feel a connection with. My Dad has a Q Chrono coming his way that I think he will love. 

Who else has a similar story? I bet I'm not the only one around here that went through this cycle. 

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I have loved watches for a while and had a few that I would rotate, but when covid hit I bought everything.  Changing the bezel insert in my skx lead to tools, then movement swaps, then more tools, then watches to mod, then a Sinn, then a Tudor, and more and more. I have slowed down a lot this year but I spent a ton of money.  

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No worries. Just sell them. 

I don't have much money so I've been keeping it light from the start. But I still sell whatever I'm not enjoying anymore. 

Currently have 3 watches.

Whatever you do - don't buy anymore watches! Especially not this Citizen PMV65-2271 which is titanium and has a quick micro adjustment on the clasp. 

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I started collecting two years ago. I own 15 watches and around twice that went in and out of my collection in the last two years.  Some pretty significant pieces too.

I'm at a place now where I'm not even looking.  The last one I got seems to have killed the desire for more, but that took two years to achieve.  Some do it quicker, some never do it.  Your journey is unique to you.  Enjoy it.

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CitizenKale

No worries. Just sell them. 

I don't have much money so I've been keeping it light from the start. But I still sell whatever I'm not enjoying anymore. 

Currently have 3 watches.

Whatever you do - don't buy anymore watches! Especially not this Citizen PMV65-2271 which is titanium and has a quick micro adjustment on the clasp. 

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I should know better than to look for absolution in a room full of enablers! 😂😂😭

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ChrisInEdmonton

I should know better than to look for absolution in a room full of enablers! 😂😂😭

Lol sorry 😂

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Did the same exact thing.  Over 80 Timex watches, which is why I will forever be known as the Timex Badger.  I think a lot of people who get addicted in the beginning do this.  Chalk it up for the price you paid for tuition, it's a learning process.  Also, I think you will start embracing some of the unloved watches and vice versa.  Some of the watches I was crazy about in the beginning, now not so much and some of the watches that didn't hit me right away turned out to be my favorites.  

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WOW! that's great you saw that only a few months into the hobby. It took me a long while to realize that these watches I actually enjoy wearing and just makes me feel happy overall. Way to go! glad to see you're finding what you really love in a watch. I realized it just recently too where I was wearing my mido ocean star for a week straight and said to myself. "Hey this isn't to bad I enjoy it and really appreciated it." I'm looking into non-divers now and see if it fits me well I just ordered the rangemaster and got a citizen garrison I can't wait to see how it feels on the wrist.

greetings for Calgary! 

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Absolutely!  I did the same thing but just not quite as many. I watched a number of YouTube videos from Teddy Baldasarre who talks about the pitfalls encountered by new enthusiasts which was helpful. You are in good company here. 

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Yeah, I've been through the random Chinese watch phase. Worst 18 months of my life. I find I was buying watches as a mood enhancer to compensate for stress and excessive workload. It really is a false economy to buy a watch that will disappoint you in a few weeks/months. Better to take your time, pay a bit more and get something that doesn't come with buyers remorse built into the design. 

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as long as it isn't taking away from other 'more important things' like diapers and baby food, I say buy buy buy.  

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Richierich

Yeah, I've been through the random Chinese watch phase. Worst 18 months of my life. I find I was buying watches as a mood enhancer to compensate for stress and excessive workload. It really is a false economy to buy a watch that will disappoint you in a few weeks/months. Better to take your time, pay a bit more and get something that doesn't come with buyers remorse built into the design. 

This is where I've landed, a few large purchases a year rather than a bunch of low value "bargains"

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IceCreamMan

as long as it isn't taking away from other 'more important things' like diapers and baby food, I say buy buy buy.  

No baby here, as long as it doesn't cut into my cannabis or cat food we're all good! 😎😂

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Not an uncommon thing, but do whateve makes you happy, and when it stops making you happy... don't do it any more. 

If you now have watches you don't like, don't think of it as 'buyers remorse', think of it as getting ahead of Xmas/Birthday gift shopping for the next few years - an admirable trait 😀 

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I wouldn’t say you messed up. That’s just part of learning what you like. I got into watches just over a year ago and bought around 50 watches before finally really understanding my preferences. Now I’ve scaled the purchases way back and have been selling what I no longer need. 

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In the last 2 months, ordered 20 watches returned 3. Amazon makes it easy! Today I had 3 watches delivered to my door. Two g shocks and a Steinhart. Waiting on a Farer, sternglass, and a vintage homage to the original 1926 Rolex. 

I know the feeling. 

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ChrisInEdmonton

No baby here, as long as it doesn't cut into my cannabis or cat food we're all good! 😎😂

weed and watches - I hear you!