Secret Watches?

Have you ever had any? I’m not talking about gifts that you’re waiting to surprise a significant other with. I mean watches you’ve acquired for yourself but that your significant other doesn’t know about—at least not yet. As of this afternoon’s mail delivery, I will (very temporarily) have no fewer than three. Two of them were purchased specifically to be debuted on Good Friday and Easter, respectively, and they’re secret only because I enjoy the occasional small dramatic flourish. But I have been known to hide others away just to space out the appearances of new pieces in the watch box, to avoid drawing too much of my wife’s eye-rolling attention all at once. This strategy has any number of blindingly obvious drawbacks, if it can even be said to work at all. But maybe you’ve played similar games for similar reasons—or for other, more serious, reasons?
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I’m significantly taller than the wife and work from home. Watches come to the front door while she’s at work and then go into the watchbox (out of reach) on the top shelf of the closet. Some are seen, some are unknown. It’s all part of my master plan.

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Rich_P

I’m significantly taller than the wife and work from home. Watches come to the front door while she’s at work and then go into the watchbox (out of reach) on the top shelf of the closet. Some are seen, some are unknown. It’s all part of my master plan.

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My wife cares not what I buy. Same for me with what she buys.

We are older, have significant disposable income and an allowance we share equally each paycheck. While she has a few thousand $ in the safe, my "allowance envelope" stays empty.

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biglove

My wife cares not what I buy. Same for me with what she buys.

We are older, have significant disposable income and an allowance we share equally each paycheck. While she has a few thousand $ in the safe, my "allowance envelope" stays empty.

That's a very sweet arrangement--love it!

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My wife doesn't care about my various hobbies and collections, and doesn't seem to notice what watch I wear or whether it's different from any other. So I'm actually not sure what she knows about. I guess they're all secret, and not secret at the same time.

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I buy watches, wife plans trips & I occasionally get to go with.

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gbelleh

My wife doesn't care about my various hobbies and collections, and doesn't seem to notice what watch I wear or whether it's different from any other. So I'm actually not sure what she knows about. I guess they're all secret, and not secret at the same time.

You've hit on my long-term strategy. Though my wife is, under many circumstances, almost preternaturally observant, my collection is already approaching a size at which deliberate scrutiny would be required to identify an addition; most people will notice a difference between 1 and 2, but the jump from 11 to 12 is less obvious. And since she doesn't particularly care about the watches, she's unlikely to bother. Until a whole new watch box appears, that is...

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My wife enjoys watches as a pseudo-hobby as much as I do. In fact, she is probably responsible for getting me started in the first place.

She gets right of first refusal on any watch I bring into the house. If she finds it comfortable and wants to wear it, I’m just as happy as if I wore it myself.

All of our watches are only a strap change or bracelet sizing away from being worn by either of us. There are also some watches we can share without a strap change. If I want to wear a particular watch, I can do so at any time. So can she.

It’s a system that works extremely well for both of us.

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Davemcc

My wife enjoys watches as a pseudo-hobby as much as I do. In fact, she is probably responsible for getting me started in the first place.

She gets right of first refusal on any watch I bring into the house. If she finds it comfortable and wants to wear it, I’m just as happy as if I wore it myself.

All of our watches are only a strap change or bracelet sizing away from being worn by either of us. There are also some watches we can share without a strap change. If I want to wear a particular watch, I can do so at any time. So can she.

It’s a system that works extremely well for both of us.

A most laudable arrangement!

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My wife doesn't mind anything I buy but after being married so long, there really are no secrets. Though my wife makes me think I have dementia every time I ask if a bag or something else she is wearing is new because according to her, I was either with her when she bought it or she can't believe I don't remember because I told her it looked great on her (very possible/ safest answer for anything she has already bought).