Never show your collection to someone who does not ask you about it.

I have been making a collection of watches for about 4 years(I have about 100 pieces now), I dreamed this since I was very young, they are all digital watches(for me those watches were magic when I was a child), now all of course are mostly vintage. 

Well the thing is that sometimes perhaps because of my enthusiasm I have proudly offered to show my collection to relatives and some visitors(friends) who do not know anything about watches, or who only think that a valuable watch is the one that costs a lot of money, where I honestly end up feeling like an idiot trying to explain the value of my collection for me, is not a good sensation! they only asked for the price of the pieces or why those are not expensive brands, and I feel like I did something wrong inviting someone to read and see a piece of my mind.

I don't know if this has happened to anyone else, but I wanted to share it perhaps to prevent some other enthusiast who collects specific watches from experiencing the same thing and follow my advice: Never show your collection to someone who does not ask you about it.

Thank you and keep the time! 😀

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That’s why we’re here. Most hobbies have a “Others won’t get it/think you’re weird” aspect to them. Thankfully we have the internet.

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AllTheWatches

That’s why we’re here. Most hobbies have a “Others won’t get it/think you’re weird” aspect to them. Thankfully we have the internet.

Definitely! 100% true!

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My older brother and my brother in law asks me about my collection all the time but I feel it’s too personal to show like showing your colllection if if undies… thats just me though… but I did share it and my older brother want to take some of my Oris and keep it lol and I said NO! I did show my brother in law half of the collection…but off course they did ask… I’ll will never show my collection if not asked 

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Ichibunz

My older brother and my brother in law asks me about my collection all the time but I feel it’s too personal to show like showing your colllection if if undies… thats just me though… but I did share it and my older brother want to take some of my Oris and keep it lol and I said NO! I did show my brother in law half of the collection…but off course they did ask… I’ll will never show my collection if not asked 

Well my sister began her own collection because of me, she my wife and my daughter are the only ones I fell comfortable talking about my collection now (including this web site of course) , but I learn by experience that what you wrote, is too personal, cheers!!

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I also collect vacuums. People look at me cross-eyed when every closet they open sits two or three vacuums neatly lined up. Showing my over 60 watches to the uninterested is less bludgeoning. At the end of the day I may wince a little at myself…but ultimately remember these freak-show gawkers can pound sand. 

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When I recently started collecting again, I spoke about this to some friends. I had this dream about showing off my newly acquired erudition :-). I realized immediately that it wouldn't go as planned. When I mentioned that I'd spent $7k in the last 3 months on watches, one guy said wait that's only one watch. As if he would ever spend that much haha. Then another girl started talking about how some guy had offered her a Reverso to impress her. And they had all the usual public's misunderstanding about 'Swiss made' and Chinese watches, etc. I realized it would take way too much work to bring them up to speed on current developments, so I let it go.  

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I have watches that no one has seen except me and whoever was involved in the manufacturing or selling of it. I have shared most of my collection here, but not all...

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I guess I shouldn't show my relatives my other collection then?

Weird Collections - Reddit Thread About Collections
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When I first started getting into watches, I had a desire to share my enthusiasm with my friends. I quickly realized that most folks  would rather sign up for a full evening of watching paint dry than talk about watches. That's one of the great things about WatchCrunch - it's a great place to be able to discuss this crazy hobby with like minded people. 

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Don’t share any collection or hobby with someone who isn’t interested.

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Even my wife doesn't have the complete idea of my full collection 🤫. Only person who knows is my 4 yr old and she loves every single piece, or at least she claims to 😂

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There is the saying about people that know the price of everything and the value of nothing. I wish I could remember what museum I was in where some visitor kept asking what all the curated historical artifacts on display were worth. Like he was casing the joint instead of maybe learning something. I really wanted to defenestrate that guy. 

Were it not for my awareness of this type of bugman, I'd blame your docent skills. 

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HotWatchChick69

I guess I shouldn't show my relatives my other collection then?

Weird Collections - Reddit Thread About Collections

A veritable gnomegasm!

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HotWatchChick69

I guess I shouldn't show my relatives my other collection then?

Weird Collections - Reddit Thread About Collections

I knew Max did give you a sleeveless jacket 😆

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This is, essentially, the way to behave around any hobby. Even stuff like showing your holiday snaps to people; you show them to people who ask. Even then, probably half of those people are only showing an interest to be polite. The average person doesn't care a jot about our hobbies, where we've been, or anything else that we want to rave on about for hours. Some people "get" this, and some people don't.

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All too true. My burden is actually my wife bragging about my watches to other people haha. She is "proud" of me I guess? Im lucky she loves me for the nerd I am, but love is indeed blind...99% of people don't care about my watches, or my other hobbies for that matter. I end up politely downplaying the whole thing always, nevermind even mentioning how much money I've spent on them. Ill only deep dive if it's obviously a fellow enthusiast.

This is why I have other nerd friends, and have yet to find one in my area that is into both guitar pedals AND watches.