Then and now

Has your collecting habits changed with this hobby? What's different? 

For me I find myself liking a smaller collection and simple dials. All sporty pieces. I should also add I wear my less expensive pieces more than the expensive ones.  What about you? 

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I started of trying out lots of different looks and tried to make sure that no two watches were alike. However, I’m learning my tastes now and am drawn more to darker dials, divers and tool watches. And I have trouble getting up enthusiasm for dress watches. 

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Then, buy everything I like. 

Now, far pickier and trying to stay up market (failing at that) and keep remaining spots for significant pieces. 

Taste has largely remained the same as far as aesthetics, but I am full on picky as heck the moment the watch hits $1k. Movement, materials, dimensions, etc.

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I've learned that I love huge watches more than small or medium. And I've learned a lot about comfort and what features I need in a watch. Flat back panel, titanium, digital timers, etc.

I started with this but it broke because it's an overpriced, uncomfortable, badly designed piece of trash.

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Now I wear my G Spot more than anything else.

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But also this one. 

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And I think I'm heading towards one of these when I can afford it. 

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I still like fairly simple watches without too many complications or writing on the dial. I am more comfortable than I ever have been wearing something that is 34mm or less. I prefer steel and gold to any other metals. I still dislike digital displays and watches that purport to be tools for a particular profession. I don't want to be hooked up to the internet, Bluetooth, or an atomic clock.

I like bracelets more than I used to and the next watch that I have targeted is outside of what you may expect from me. I can finally so "no" to watches that I just like. Maybe, just maybe, I may try to squeeze down into two watch boxes.

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What @Aurelian said, word!

I can pass on stuff now that I would have purchased on impulse in the past.  I also wear stuff that in the past I would have never considered.  And, I don't do digital (Ana-Digi ok) or any of this smart device stuff.  A watch is supposed to be Art, not disposable technology.

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Great question! I’ve personally learned it’s okay not to tick boxes and just collect whatever you like. I used to think I needed a dress watch, now I’ve realised I don’t since I never wear one. I tend to gravitate to all brushed tool watches with darker dials. Also love bracelets a lot more than I used to. 

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I learned from experience that a large, attention-grabbing mechanical watch did not bring me joy, so I sold it.  My size range seems to be under 40 mm.  Like many others, I tend to wear my cheaper quartz watches more than my “nice” watches because I don‘t need to worry about damaging them.  Unlike @Aurelian , I have come to appreciate the quiet and comfort of a silicone rubber band even though I like how a shiny bracelet dresses up a stainless Seiko.  Last, my desire for expensive watches has evaporated as I get older and care less about “stuff”.

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I started collecting vintage Hamilton and amassed several dozen.  I had a variety of decades, styles and materials.  I only had a few modern watches.

For the past five years or so, I’ve found that I enjoy wearing larger, modern watches more.  Not huge watches, just bigger than 33mm.

I’ve been focused on building a small but balanced modern collection with a variety of styles and brands.  I’ve been trying to make trades upward so I can increase the overall quality of my collection without increasing the number of watches.  I’m happy where I’m at now. 

I sold off most of my vintage pieces.    It began to feel like wearing and maintaining that many vintage watches was a constant struggle and a drain on my enjoyment and piece of mind.