Do you wear all your watches?

I like to have a collection of watches that I use. Maybe some of them are only used for very specific occasions; like my old vintage Zenith that I only use as a dress watch (and I don't dress up often). But all of them have wrist time.

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Although I talk about a “collection” of watches, I don’t consider myself a watch collector, but a watch enthusiast. I think a collector would have watches for the sake of having them and “collecting” them.

I only have two watches of that kind: an old Orient automatic watch that I bought to wear to my wedding 10 years ago, which I used as an everyday watch for years. It is very battered, and it has been repaired a few times. I’m only saving it because of its history (it does not have monetary value either):

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And an old gold pocket watch inherited from my grand-grandfather. I fought for it to be repaired, and I will use it only for a special family wedding (I bought a dress vest only to be able to wear it):

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But aside from these two, if I see that any watch is not being used, I’ll start considering selling it.

And I really like the morning time when I decide which watch I’m going to wear today. Take it, wind it if needed, and set it to the exact current time... to the second!.

But I've only been enjoying this hobby for eight months. So my way of "watch collecting” may change at any moment.

And you, do you collect watches that have no wrist time? Do you wear different watches almost every day?

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Generally I wear all of my watches but like you I have a few that are worn or carried only on select occasions. Some of the older vintage watches from the 30s or 40s I'm only going to wear when I know it's a day that they can't be damaged such as a meeting in an air conditioned office on a non rainy day. The pocket watch my father gave me from the 1890s only comes out for weddings and me to look at it

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DScH67

Generally I wear all of my watches but like you I have a few that are worn or carried only on select occasions. Some of the older vintage watches from the 30s or 40s I'm only going to wear when I know it's a day that they can't be damaged such as a meeting in an air conditioned office on a non rainy day. The pocket watch my father gave me from the 1890s only comes out for weddings and me to look at it

Very very similar ways then.

I showed my pocket watch on a watch forum specialising in old pocket watches to see if they were able to tell me anything about that watch. It seems that the watch's movement was made by James Dubois de Le Loche in 1892!

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Hampden railroad certified from 1893

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DScH67

Hampden railroad certified from 1893

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I'm not into pocket watches. I own the one I inherited, but I know nothing about them. But yours looks nice!, that back is amazing!

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That pocket watch...👌 Gorgeous!

My collection is around 130 or so, so I usually change out watches at a minimum twice per day, sometimes more, since I have so many from which to choose. Most all get wrist time, depending on what I'm doing and my mood.

There are some that I don't wear but keep anyway just to have in the collection.

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I try to. And in pursuit of doing so consistently, I have with considerable effort and some time, reduced the size of my watch collection down to a dozen and aiming higher (smaller).

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I have some from when I started collecting that just sit. They’re not worth much and my tastes have changed so I don’t like the style of them anymore. Maybe dump them off at a pawn shop or give them away?

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For me it is a number game. If I own just a small number like eg three all of them get used. If a certain threshold is passed I am still choosing but not anymore out of the whole pool. Instead now I choose out of the most beloved half or quarter of the pool. The rest gets only seldomly attention. But this is not watch specific. It is all the same witch clothes or just any good. If I own just four pair of shoes chances are high I wear all of them from time to time. If I own 40 pair most likely the 6 or 7 most beloved pairs get all the wearing time. Would be the same with cars and even houses - but I will never be in a position were this might become relevant. 😎

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That pocket watch...👌 Gorgeous!

My collection is around 130 or so, so I usually change out watches at a minimum twice per day, sometimes more, since I have so many from which to choose. Most all get wrist time, depending on what I'm doing and my mood.

There are some that I don't wear but keep anyway just to have in the collection.

Having 130 I would forget some of them for sure! You have plenty of options every morning?? How do you manage to make a decision every day?? Amazing!!!!🤩