6 watch collection or one watch collection with a 3000 EUR budget?

Greetings crunchers! I've fallen head first into the hobby a few months back and I have been buying watches left and right rather recklessly. Cheaper chinese watches and Seikos but still. I'm more secure in what I like now and I want to sell most of what I bought to plan and build a collection that fits me best for a total budget of 3000 EUR. Here are the things I know I want and don't want out of my collection: Only 37 to 40 mm watches with 38-39 mm watches as the perfect spot as I have a 6.5 inch wrist but I'm rather tall. Anything bigger or smaller feels awkward. I prefer solar and high accuracy quartz over budget unregulated mechanical movements (4R Seiko and 8000 series Miyota). I care much more about watch thickness than I thought I did. Anything over 12mm deserves a thorough inspection and a mulling over process before pulling the trigger. I'm more than ok with pre-owned watches. Based on these principles and my identified needs I came up with two possible collections for a total budget of 3000 EUR but I'd go two very different ways - 6 watches or just one watch. 6 watch collection: Dive: Seiko SNE569 Solar diver Field: Baltic Hermetique Tourer Green Business: Seiko SNK355 + uncle straps President bracelet GMT: Traska Venturer (Steel Blue or Bottle Green) Dress: King Seiko no date, brown dial (prices are about to drop with the new king seikos coming) Chrono: 39mm Seiko Solar diver SSC8XX Series (colorway tbd) This collection would cover all my needs with watches I really like the design and fonctionality of. I have a normal desk job with a pretty laid back dress code outside of a few meetings where my "business" and "dress" watches would be more appropriate. I'm a pretty outdoorsy guy, I love fishing and hiking so I need pretty tough watches for those activities (Dive, Field and GMT would work here). Finally, I'm an immigrant and I travel rather frequently so I need a GMT watch to keep track of my family's timezone. Or... I could funnel all that money into just one watch that would actually cover all thoses bases: The Grand Seiko high accuracy quartz SBGN003 that can be had for 3000 euros or even cheaper in excellent condition. Perfect size for my wrist and needs, tough enough for everyday, could be dressed up with a leather strap easily, incredible movement and finishing... I would just get a cheap G-shock for my tougher outdoor activities and be set. Do I have the willpower and restraint necessary to only have one watch though? What would you do?
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Anyone here on WC who says they have a one watch collection is either lying or having a crisis. Image

Pablito

Anyone here on WC who says they have a one watch collection is either lying or having a crisis. Image

So what do you think? Go 6 watch?

My advice would be to put your money into one watch that you really love, you can always add to it over the years. One of the great things about collecting watches is that your tastes may change over time and there are always new watches coming in. Give yourself the luxury of not covering all bases now and enjoy adding to your collection over the coming years.

airmarx

So what do you think? Go 6 watch?

I have five already. And one in my head that keeps changing 馃槈

What you think you want today is not what you will want a year from now That's why I wouldn't decide on your entire collection today, but buy one watch that you really want, and slowly progress from there.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying all the watches at once

Pablito

Anyone here on WC who says they have a one watch collection is either lying or having a crisis. Image

Does lacking in the financial department count as a crisis?

The 6 watch offers a ton of versatility and looks - but SBGNOO3 offers a pretty amazing GADA that does everything well - except maybe dress/formal. So I vote Grand Seiko - but maybe pick up a Orient Bambino or other affordable dress watch.

The more the merrier the saying goes ....

MagiaNova

Does lacking in the financial department count as a crisis?

Okay. Lying, having a crisis or broke. 馃槩

If you're really confident in the Grand Seiko, I'd go that route for now. Then maybe keep or buy an affordable diver, and/or g shock like you mentioned, to spare the GS from the roughest jobs. The 6 watch collection feels too much like checking boxes to check boxes. If you were newer to this stuff, I'd say the nearly all-in approach is too risky, but it sounds like you have a decent amount of experience now. Plus, if you're buying the GS used, finding something out about it later that bothers you isn't a big deal. You could sell it and refine the choice further.