It is interesting to note that, with the current price of gas, the unemployment rate, and the number of homes in foreclosure, there does not seem to be any let up in the sales forum nor the number of new acquisitions being celebrated. Of course, the membership is diverse, as is the $ value of the watches being collected, ranging from affordables, to the unemployed college student looking to buy a $3,000 Omega, to the "can anyone recommend a dress watch in the 10-20k range?" on the high end forum.
I wanted to set up a poll that would deal with discrete points which would not be affected by subjective data ("but I ate nothing but soup for years to afford this watch," for example). The goal is to have a survey of expenditure/ watch collection value as a percentage of your annual gross income (personal, not combined or household income). Please take a look at your current collection, and estimate its USD value (since many buy used or discounted, use the amount you paid, not the msrp, or in cases of vintage, heirloom or gifted watches, the current estimated value). Take this value and divide it by your annual income/salary before taxes. If you are a student, use your annual stipend for personal spending.
This is posted in the public forum for the best chance of having a fair cross sectional representation.
The poll is not meant to be judgemental despite my initial statement, and everyone is free to make their own inferences from the data, which will not be reported to the IRS.
Or to your wife.