Bites: Burnout, blowtorches and the secret lives of Crunchers

Happy Tuesday fellow Crunchers!

Before we find out exactly what @Max is getting up to with that blow torch lets have a quick round up of some fun posts this week that you should check out if you haven’t already:

Self-imposed watch collecting rules - @ten_and_two starts the discussion on which watch collecting rules we choose to follow.

The WatchCrunch Valentine's Challenge - @Velomax challenges the guys to find the perfection valentines watch.

REALLY ROLEX!!!! - @Stricko begins the debate on the recent Rolex law suit and in...

Well, that's a Rolex off my list... - @Ditchy13 continues the conversation.

Best “Mini Collection” from your collection? - @garythegreat asks people to share their favourite ‘mini collections’.

Photograph of the week

The winner of last weeks watch photography theme, 'Definity not junk', is @TheSharperTheBetter with this gorgeous picture...

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@TheSharperTheBetter 

This upcoming weeks theme has been set by guest judge @Fiatjeepdriver so come find out what he's chosen for this week and post your photos here!.

Weekly new member welcome!

Just some of the new faces I have seen around this week…

@bipennate, @ChrisLuxurybazaar1, @seihyun, @T1meband1t, @Obsessed, @JohnGalt, @Richards, @TomBakov, @lecalibre, @IvanRomero, @CMAC_25, @tiernzwatchbox, @TwiceTollingClock

…looking forward to the watch chat with you all!

Meetups

Quick reminder of the upcoming meetups over the next month.

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Don’t forget to keep checking out the ‘meetups’ section to see if anything is happening near you.

I also saw that @Gauthier is looking to organise a meetup in Belgium, so check this out if you're in the area: Calling on all Belgium (and neighbors) based Crunchers - let’s meet !

And now let’s find out what the deal is with that blow torch…

The Weekly 3-6-9

3 topics, 6(+) posts and 9 pictures from the WC universe.

This week....

  1. Watch burnout
  2. The watch detox
  3. 10 things that are not buying a watch

Watch burnout

This week I read an interesting post from @mjosamannen in which he shared some thoughts about the end point of watch collecting and if a watch collection was even what he wished to aim for any more.

I’ve noticed these kinds of posts do pop up occasionally and they seem to have their basis in a general fatigue of the hobby. @watchyourintruder has a discussion on this in his thread ‘Watch fatigue! - Do you get it? What causes it and what is your cure? and it seems there can be a few different reasons for this burnout and a number of different ways people go about getting their watch collecting mojo back.

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@Christo1963, @Fiatjeepdriver, @whitesalmon, @GasWorks 

The Watch Detox

In response to @watchyourintruders question about how to tackle watch burnout a number of people talked about the power of taking a step back from social media, stripping back to one watch and shifting focus at something else in life.

Here are some great comments from that thread:

"I got off watch media for almost a month, I switched to digital watches until further notice, and unsubscribed from basically everything watch related. I even took a little break from the blog. I feel surprisingly refreshed. It's great." - @erikswrist

"I've been known to put all of my watches away for a couple of weeks and let the watch tan line fade away. It's a nice feeling, kind of like "turning off your notifications" ramped up a notch." - @ds760476

"I think i had this when i was on instagram. Deleted it a few months ago and dont look back. Now i only read online magazines, watch yt reviews and chat here on watchcrunch. I think the scrolling feed on instagram is really bad for your brain." - @collectandchill

"I have at at various points of the journey, taken a step back to evaluate what I am trying to accomplish and re-adjust my plans and goals accordingly. Ask yourself the difficult questions, and set goals that are incrementally achievable. I've found more focus is exactly what is in order." - @SurferJohn

"I’ve been there and for myself I find it occurs only when I‘ve dived to deep. A healthy rebalance is what I find works best. I do so by limiting my exposure to watch content and reinvesting that time into other hobbies - specifically those where I am accomplishing/crafting something that isn’t so focused on acquiring an object" - @bevelwerks

There were loads of great comments on that thread so I urge you to check it out. A watch detox may be what you need to rekindle your passion, but if going cold-turkey feels like too drastic a step there are other ways to tackle what can feel like a constant chase for the next watch purchase...

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@ManCaveLeather, @nunomargalha, @Pascal 

10 things that are not buying a watch

It isn’t always necessary to cut off from the watch world completely if the perpetual churn of watches is feeling a bit exhausting. Sometimes engaging with the community in a different way can reignite the joy for the hobby. Here are 10 things that other Crunchers are getting up to behind the scenes that aren’t buying more watches:

  1. Read books, blogs and articles - There are loads of great watch related books and articles out there looking at the history, mechanics and design which can help build our appreciation of horology and encourage us to look at our watches in a new light. Check out @jakaplan4s post on building a watch book library. Also consider following some of the bloggers in the watch-o-sphere who don’t necessarily focus on consumerism, but explore the hobby in other ways. There are some great writers on WC who focus more on the journey and experience of watch enthusiasm rather than pure acquisition. If you’re looking for somewhere to start @Edge168n made a post on his favourite WC writers.

2. Watch YouTube – Many times social media is the burnout inducing factor we need to avoid, but there is more out there than watch reviews. Consider checking out alternative content instead, like the wonderfully relaxing watch refurbishment videos from @FrenchWatchCollector instead.

3. Watch movies – Give yourself a break from the constant scrolling on your phone, be it eBay or social media, and try watching a great movie. Consider sticking on some James Bond, Brad Pit or Arnie and do some movie watch-spotting.

4. Turn your hand to writing – WC is a great forum for sharing whatever watch related chatter is going on in your head. @Edge168n shares his watch-spots for the week, @Porthole contemplates watch destruction and @Aurelian levels up our vintage knowledge (and works on his Pollster badge). Come and share your watch experiences!

5. Refurbing, modding and building – Consider learning how to create your own special piece or giving an old watch a new lease of life. Certainly not for the faint hearted, but you can start simple and have a look at @Fiatjeepdrivers great post on creating a watch for his mum. Also check out @Max being brave and watch-modding with a blowtorch!

6. Make something – Be like some of our fellow clever Crunchers looking to create their own watch storage solutions and accessories. You can see @unholiestjedis exploits in creating his own watch box or be amazed by these handmade watch stands, straps and rolls.

7. Get active – Try joining fellow crunchers as we walk, cycle and dance to Mordor, or keep it simple and just get out and about to find some great wrist shots in the wilderness.

8. Meet people – sharing your joy of watches with likeminded folks in person is one of the great joys of this hobby. Seize the opportunity for a meetup when you have the chance or organise your own.

9. Get arty – there are some amazingly skilful people on WC creating watch related drawings and digital art. Checkout some of the photos I’ve included in this weeks letter to see some fabulous examples and think about making some creations of your own!

10. Do something good - @Hotwatchchick69, @VictorAdameArt and @edge168n have all organised charity watch auctions on WatchCrunch. This is a great way of doing something positive while culling unwanted pieces from your watch collection. @Gasworks is currently building a watch specially designed by the WC community, which he will be auctioning for charity in the coming weeks. Check out his profile to find the latest design poll and help create something wonderful.

Also check out @HotWatchChick69s most recent charity auction for this beauty...

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@watstoki 

It’s a long letter this week so I think that’s definitely enough from me!

Share your experiences of watch burnout below and the other ways you engage with the hobby outside of watch buying.

Thank you for reading and take care.

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Good stuff as always, thanks for doing this. 

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HotWatchChick69

Have you posted it yet?? I'll edit the letter and add the link to your auction 👍

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thekris

Good stuff as always, thanks for doing this. 

Thank you! 🍻

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Deeperblue

Have you posted it yet?? I'll edit the letter and add the link to your auction 👍

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Watch Winder.

And thanks for these update posts/digests! :) 

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Added!

You can always tell me if you're planning one and it can go in the letter ☺️👍

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JaimeMadeira

Watch Winder.

And thanks for these update posts/digests! :) 

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Really the only news that matters at this point!! 😉

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Deeperblue

Added!

You can always tell me if you're planning one and it can go in the letter ☺️👍

Awesome!  Will do!!!

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Oh wow that was startling 😅. Welcome to burn out city, you just met the mayor

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Max

Oh wow that was startling 😅. Welcome to burn out city, you just met the mayor

I certainly have a go with watch modding with a blow torch!.... But perhaps I'd start on a cheaper watch 😆

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MinnKonaMike

Really the only news that matters at this point!! 😉

All the hard-hitting gritty stories from the dark world of the watch scene 😆

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The anagram was real nerdy last week (and this week), still curious what it was!

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I always look forward to these Bites. Thanks for taking the time to put them together.

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