Collection Planning

There are so many excellent watch brands to choose from that, as I plan on where my collection will go, I end up going to the plan of limiting my collection to one watch per brand. Does anyone else do this?

I don't really have a plan just buy when something interests me

I try to limit myself on complications and types. For instance i have a diver and a flieger, then i will try to not buy another of these types. As for complications i plan on adding a GMT and possibly a moon phase to the collection in the future. That said the rules are not written in stone and if something pops up that really strike my fashion i will add it even if i have something similar in my collection already.

So many approaches to this hobby, of which your plan is quite common. Perhaps list 5 of your top brands, then select a watch from each brand in tandem with your budget. Thereafter, enjoy the endless tangents the hobby will take you. Have fun! 馃

I never had a plan and still don't have a plan. I'm too random for any of that.

No real plan, I'll just buy what I like.

That happens to be GMTs and British Brands (being a brit myself). As such, I already own a #farer Lander IV (a GMT) but that won't stop me buying another Farer GMT.

Though they should be re-releasing their #worldtimer later this year, so I guess that's subtly different to a GMT.

I have downsized my 鈥渃ore鈥 collection to 5+1.

(I have 8 more watches outside of Core collection, which I don鈥檛 wear but can鈥檛 get rid of because of sentimental attachment or simply too cheap to bother selling.)

My core collection consists of 5 watches for 5 situations, and +1 is for whatever I am most attracted to at the point of time.

5 situations are;

Dress/Formal

Business

Elegant Sport

Sport

Hiking/Backpacking

The first three situations happen to be all occupied by JLC馃槄

And Omega for Sport and Sinn for Hiking/Backpacking.

My plan is to sell what I have if I want a new one for the situation.

(Or I will invent another situation馃コ)

+1 is currently vacant as there is nothing I can afford that I want to use this precious slot for馃榿

One watch per brand? So, only one Seiko or Omega? Why?

Usually we are attracted to a brand because there is consistency in their design language: Sinn, Nomos, Rolex, etc. We like a family of traits that are shared among a range of watches...from one brand. Also, perhaps we had a good AD or service experience, all the more reason to revisit the brand.

I have owned or own multiple watches from the following brands: Elgin, Waltham, Raketa, Helbros, Hamilton, Benrus, Gruen, Croton, West End, Bulova, Seiko, and Pulsar. I think my record is 5 of one brand at one time. I don't want to live in a world where @HotWatchChick69 can't own multiple Grand Seiko.

I鈥檓 in the same team as @Aurelian on this. I鈥檓 drawn to the design language and style from certain brands and ended up with multiple watches from a few of them. Added with some samples from other brands that I found attractive. Everyone is their own but that works for me.

There are certain brands I will never own, some because of their business practices, some for financial reasons, like Rolex, AP, RM etc. Hobbies can become an obsession very very quickly, if you go with "one of each kind" strategy it becomes more like collecting coins or stamps. My love with watch making is all about the craftsmanship, the engineering and the art, if I don't see any beauty ( eye of the beholder ) in a Rolex why would I even buy one even if I had the chance? Also keep in mind that tastes changes over time so may be if I was offered a skydweller today I would not say no.

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There are certain brands I will never own, some because of their business practices, some for financial reasons, like Rolex, AP, RM etc. Hobbies can become an obsession very very quickly, if you go with "one of each kind" strategy it becomes more like collecting coins or stamps. My love with watch making is all about the craftsmanship, the engineering and the art, if I don't see any beauty ( eye of the beholder ) in a Rolex why would I even buy one even if I had the chance? Also keep in mind that tastes changes over time so may be if I was offered a skydweller today I would not say no.

I agree, my version of 鈥渓uxury鈥 is far from watch media鈥檚 standard of luxury, but finding value makes the hunt that much more fulfilling. My last pickup was from Cincinnati Watch Co. it was a field watch with a SW200 hand regulated to +2 sec/day for a great price. Really is a sleeper brand.

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Absolutely not by limiting it to one per brand. I do need to spend some time structuring my wishlist, putting some kind of order into it. But I don't try to plug gaps in my collection, I'm not trying to complete a jigsaw.

I have no plan. I have a mental list that gets updated every time I鈥檓 able to see or try on watches in person. I鈥檓 probably not alone in saying that most of the watches on this list are normally just beyond my fiscal means. Sometimes a watch will jump the list because it鈥檚 cool, available and priced well.

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Yes I myself done this as you can see I been very diverse and versatile in my collection every watch I have here is special and unique there鈥檚 a reason that I have these. But most important is what makes you proud and happy. I love the movements, brands, style, size and looks. Since I have a smaller wrist I stick to these. What I always tell others don鈥檛 do what I do just learn from me.

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I'm lazy. Stuck to 1 brand. Sorted. 馃槈