Mega Collections!

Hey Folks, for those who have huge collections (let's say 50 and up), I would love to hear if you wear them all and if so, do you practice a rotation schedule? I'm in the 100 range and my semi-solution was to create a mini museum in my home, but now I'm starting to wear them. The problem I have is some of the watches I haven't worn for a long time, I feel like I'm wearing a new watch and I don't want to wear anything else (i.e. I have a new honeymoon phase with an older watch). I really love these first world dilemmas. lol

I have around 50. I can鈥檛 imagine what it would be like at 100.

For me, it takes a month and a half to go through all my watches (1 per day)

And I feel like I have too many when I get over 12-14.

Most have ever had was almost 40. Toooo many.

Ideally I would like to get it down to 3-7.

Including gifts and issued stuff I'm there.

I have a core group of regulars, and occasionally alternate to others.

Ones without lume get the least wear time, since no lume = no reading at a glance in any type of light.

Others were trades, or just stupid good deals from eBay or pawn shops where the seller didn't know what they had. Nothing luxury but some solid micros picked up for a steal.

solidyetti

Including gifts and issued stuff I'm there.

I have a core group of regulars, and occasionally alternate to others.

Ones without lume get the least wear time, since no lume = no reading at a glance in any type of light.

Others were trades, or just stupid good deals from eBay or pawn shops where the seller didn't know what they had. Nothing luxury but some solid micros picked up for a steal.

Yes, I was doing the regular thing myself, but now I feel like I should have them all on my wrist at least once a year.

I have just over 50 now, and no plans to reduce our slow down, and they all get worn, although admittedly some more than others. About once every week or two I tend to go through and pull out 10-14 watches and then use this as a subset, wearing each until they all had a day in the sun, when they go back and the process is repeated. I also have a separate box of solar and the smart watch which gets checked each weekend for a power top up. My collection is a thing bigger than the sum of the parts and I buy watches that I enjoy owning, irrespective of how much wrist time they get. That said, most are worn at least a couple of times each year.

I have just under 50. I try to find reasons to wear them all but some of the sentimental pieces and gifts get virtually no wrist time as my tastes have moved on, even though I won鈥檛 sell them. I probably wear 30 of them pretty regularly and change into a new one each morning unless I鈥檓 traveling because I only travel with one watch.

I have enough to get the 365 wristy without repeating a watch. The hunt for the badge is the only thing keeping them in rotation 馃ぃ馃ぃ

Thanks for the great replies (advice and stories). I have one more watch I would like to buy before stopping at this number. I won't sell any of them, but my plan is to give them away to important people in my life. My last watch would be what I call my grail and it is the first $1,000 Timex (The "Galli S2"). As a Timex only collector, it is easy to have 100 of them and a mini museum with old cabinets and signs that probably cost what one luxury watch does. lol

I line up all my watch boxes and wear a different one every day in order so I don't lose track. I have a different watch for every weekday of the year. YES I HAVE A PROBLEM.

Amusa82

I line up all my watch boxes and wear a different one every day in order so I don't lose track. I have a different watch for every weekday of the year. YES I HAVE A PROBLEM.

I can relate and as far as problems go, this one is pretty cool. lol

When I was up near a hundred, I did a rotation that took three months to get through. It became too much for me so I did a major cull. I feel better for having done so.

LOL Bro! I lost count at 80ish watches. In 2020 when we all got hit with COVID - I didn't even think about watches, watching YouTube reviews, IG watch post, wrist watch review articles and/or much alone buying a watch. We literally got HIT with first world problems March 2020 馃槶

But, in 2021 GAME OVA ... I went OFF 馃槅馃槀馃ぃ

A lot of the watches that aren't in my rotation truly just sit in my watch boxes. Many of those watches are possibly quartz watches - Straight up brother I'm a watch snob LOL 馃槅

There's also a handful of watches that are safely stored away at the bank and when there's a special occasion - One of them gets the special privilege of a conjugal visit and day pass LMAO 馃ぃ

Stay Thirsty My Man 馃嵒馃憡馃徑

I had a collection of 64 watches. It's not practical or sustainable if you want to wear them. I'm down to 20.

TimexBadger

I can relate and as far as problems go, this one is pretty cool. lol

I am not alone! 馃槶

I have 35ish watches, so I use a spreadsheet that tracks wrist time. If one doesn't get worn, and I find I am deliberately avoid it, I sell it or pass it on to a friend.

I have about 60 and double wrist, so they all get worn around once a month. Some watches get more time if I need their functionality, but sometimes I'll wear a dress watch in the field or at the range just to be a contrarian.

100? 馃槻 This is jaw-dropping. I would love to see some of your collections.

I can't seem to get below 50? I sell, trade and give them away. But Just when I get empty slots..They seem to fill in. But I wear every one of them! Just have to mix it up馃槈

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I have too many to count and it's a disease. I haven't worn some in a year. About to just list any watch I haven't worn in at least 9 months.

I have around 40, and this collection is small enough to remember them all and wear them all. There is no system and I wear according to my mood and the occasion. Currently I have most design types I like and I try not to buy a similar watch of what I already have. Storage space is already a problem and I now try to only buy a new watch after a new goal or achievement in my life is reached. Certain watches have a strong emotional connection to a positive or negative event in my life and when I expect a negative situation I avoid wearing certain watches to avoid negative associations with it. This "blocks" me from wanting to wear it in the future. Positive events just happen to me and are connected to the watch that I wear at that moment. This makes me remember it the next time I choose to wear this watch. I am not planning to slow down but I want every new watch to be special and different from what I have to avoid repeating what I already have. I am not there yet that I want to reduce the collection. Ask me again in a few years I would say...:)

Just reading this page is making my bum clench. 100+ watches? And all of them needing a shake or a wind or a new battery... Too stressful.

I have five. I'd like to get them down to three.

emirfzn

100? 馃槻 This is jaw-dropping. I would love to see some of your collections.

Don't get too excited, they are all Timex. I decided to be a one brand collector to give me some control and then I had an idea to build what I like to call a mini Timex museum in my home. Collecting only one brand gives me a bit more control and focus. Also, the fact that Timex watches are so inexpensive, makes it balloon to a lot of watches.

If you want to see some of my museum and collection, I posted pics and a video on my profile page. I added a lot more since those pics though.

TimexBadger

Don't get too excited, they are all Timex. I decided to be a one brand collector to give me some control and then I had an idea to build what I like to call a mini Timex museum in my home. Collecting only one brand gives me a bit more control and focus. Also, the fact that Timex watches are so inexpensive, makes it balloon to a lot of watches.

If you want to see some of my museum and collection, I posted pics and a video on my profile page. I added a lot more since those pics though.

Man, 100 are still A LOT by my standards... I checked your page, you got another follower.

I'm at probably close to 80 and I usually don't have a plan lol I'll be honest and say that sometimes my quartz watches don't get worn for months unfortunately. I can tell because of the time change time each year 馃う鈥嶁檪锔

I finally decided at 50 I was a collector. I thought about selling some but that would be like work ...and I am retired. So since I don't have any of the vices I once had I have just decided that this hobby gives me a lot of pleasure and keeps me busy sometimes when I might otherwise be bored. I don't have a specific rotation schedule. I tried scheduling a week at a time but my mood or unexpected wardrobe changes were always mucking that up so I have decided to just take it like I live life, one day at a time. I just wear whatever I am in the mood for when I decide to get dressed and what I put on in the morning may not be what I take off before I go to bed. 馃槀馃槑馃槀

well 50 is not a bad start. Over the years my collection grew to somewhere around 3000. Probably had 70% running and just like now the only one I wore was the one I last worked.

Got 26 currently and try to give each some wrist time. But I would say only about 10-15 make it to the core rotation. Sold a piece once to a friend and have given away about a dozen to relatives. Maybe I should start downsizing a little more. 馃

@Shbamn50 might have something to say about this

A little museum would be interesting. Have little placards with each watch telling the history of it. That would be cool. I have a big collection and I try to give them wrist time when I can. Especially my vintage mechanical section. Other than that I have about 20 that I wear more than others. If I'm looking through the collection and see something I haven't seen or worn in a while I get a nostalgic feeling that makes me wear it. If I'm here on the Crunch and someone is showing or talking about a brand or certain watch it will make me want to wear it or share it in a comment on the motivating post. I wear watches mostly by how I feel for the day. I will wear different watches for different moods. No matter the cost. Expensive or cheap. If I like how it looks I wear it. I have over 300 pieces and have fun with them.

Shbamn50

A little museum would be interesting. Have little placards with each watch telling the history of it. That would be cool. I have a big collection and I try to give them wrist time when I can. Especially my vintage mechanical section. Other than that I have about 20 that I wear more than others. If I'm looking through the collection and see something I haven't seen or worn in a while I get a nostalgic feeling that makes me wear it. If I'm here on the Crunch and someone is showing or talking about a brand or certain watch it will make me want to wear it or share it in a comment on the motivating post. I wear watches mostly by how I feel for the day. I will wear different watches for different moods. No matter the cost. Expensive or cheap. If I like how it looks I wear it. I have over 300 pieces and have fun with them.

I love the placards idea. I almost fell off my chair when I got to the last sentence. 300, incredible. Are they neatly in boxes? Would love to see pics of the collection.