This is a tough write for me. Throughout my 20s, 30s & part of my 40s I battled daily with substance abuse. I lived day to day, sometimes without food, other days without transport. All of that time laden with debt.
10 years ago my life changed immeasurably. A chance remark I made led to a new career, a clear mind & a burning ambition to make a sucess of what I had left of my working life. Everything's been great but the failings of the past are still there like a dormant vocano. It's how the demons manifest themselves now that's interesting.
I write this in the expectancy that I'll find it cathartic but hopefully my watch addiction will provide you with some interest along the way.
This year has been crazy. 14 purchases, 3 sales. It all started so well;
Jan - Didn't buy anything - sound defensive strategy to start the year the way you mean to go on 👍😀
Feb - That didn't last long, Cartier Tank Francaise, impulse buy.
Mar - Nomos Tangente, half price, I mean you can't turn that down.
Apr - Grand Seiko...well I didn't have one ffs, call yourself a watch lover.
May - Ach a cheeky wee Boldr never did anyone any harm.
Jun - Those b*ggers at Christopher Ward keep launching new models, ach well fill your boots. Oh yes & an AnOrdain Model 1.
Jul - A Longines Hydroconquest, didn't have a Longines & they're great.
Aug - Dear Lord....an Omega Seamaster, a Sinn 556 & a Studio Underd0g.
Sep - Oh my Yema Wristmaster appeared, at least that money was spent last year.
Oct - An Horage & a Clemence, thank the Lord I was on holiday that month.
Nov - Moels & Co.
WTF! I now realise my addictive nature has gone out of control again, only now it's for shiny trinkets one wears on one's wrist. That's so much better than illicit white powders. This is the scary part though, it's not. Buying watches, straps & all of the other paraphenalia that goes with it isn't taboo, you don't have to hide it, it isn't illegal. It's the same part of the brain that's pushing it.
The +ves are that I sold 3 watches, an Aqua Terra Small Seconds, my Speedmaster went last week & I sold the AnOrdain I bought in June. I had great enjoyment from the Speedy & the Aqua Terra, the AnOrdain was an opportunity that I knew I would flip at some point, I just didn't think I'd do so within a few months. As much as I buy I'm more than capable of cutting the ties with 90% of my watches when motivated to do so.
The other +ve is that everything I've spent has come from income, I don't borrow money, I don't pay credit card interest.
So why write all this down? Why put it out there? Well, firstly it's a visual reminder to me that I need to address this way of getting my dopamine hit. I need to get it under control again & getting it out there is a step in the right direction. The other reason is just what the heck am I trying to achieve here? What are any of us going to do with the collections we've accrued? My wife would snap out of her sorrow pretty damn quickly when she realises what a headache I've left her with trying to get some money back out of 30+ watches.
I'm actually at the point where I'm thinking that the watches I'd earmarked for my 4 closest mates should I predecease them, I'm just going to give them to them now regardless. They'll think I've gone stark raving bonkers. Should I just list a dozen of them at £1 on eBay & let the cards play out? I really don't know.
Anyway guys, if you have got to the end of this, thank you. This is very much a first world problem, so I'm not looking for any sympathy. The sirens are going off in my head but I've been here before. We all like to think this watch collecting malarky is a bit of fun.....& it is exactly that. If however you have that addictive streak to start with, it can be every bit as consuming as a class A drug, alcoholism or gambling. It's just that it wears better clothes, has a nicer job & can talk to the inlaws with charm & wit. Don't get sucked in like I have of late.