I'm not usually one for these sorts of personal notes, but I felt that I might indulge this post. I've hung around this forum for a while now and seen my share of individual tales of births and deaths, marriages entered and heirlooms received and all these have encouraged me to share a little of my own story and perhaps even glean some useful advice.
First, I've just taken receipt of my first new Omega in a while (that is, a while by forum standards). It will take me a few days to take, edit, and put up pictures, but I am extremely pleased to have found one of these. I actually won an auction for the same model about a month ago, but the guy's been stringing me along for weeks now without anything actually arriving. Luckily, the scam's incompetent enough that I shouldn't have much trouble actually getting my money back. And just as I got ready to file an INR claim with eBay, another one popped up for an acceptable price and now it's on my wrist. I think it's a perfect complement to my collection of Omegas. It's a modern piece, but a fair bit different in style from most of the rest of my stable. That's all the hints I'll give for now.
It may well be my last Omega. This isn't due to a lessening of interest in the brand or some political of philosophical difference (although, Omega v Costco certainly grates). Certainly, the brand is going upscale fast. Given the shifts we've seen in the last ten years, who knows what will happen in the next ten? Increased interest in the brand has driven up vintage prices as well and it's become harder to find truly good deals and substantially easier to stumble across fakes and redialed frankenwatches. But these are slow shifts a long time in coming. The reason that I'm ostensibly going cold turkey is that I'm about to voluntarily become very, very poor.
A little background info is in order, I suppose. I'm in my mid-20s, which I'd think is pretty young for this forum. I currently work as an engineer at a large and rather successful software company. This has proved a lucrative enterprise, one that has allowed a comfortable and largely insouciant life as well as a decent collection of wristwatches. This coming fall, I'll be enrolled in a PhD program in American History at a rather good university for that sort of thing. As many of you know, graduate students aren't well paid. I'm not sure that I'll be able to afford noodles of the non-instant variety much less luxury wristwatches. And with such a precipitous drop in future earning potential, dipping into extant savings seems like a poor choice.
So, what is to be done in such a situation? I've certainly enjoyed finding, modding, and photographing watches as well as the time spent discussing all of it here at WUS; I am also rather attached to my collection, especially of the Omegas I've accumulated so I don't think that I'll be flipping them. Is the core nature of the WIS game about acquisition? Would watch collecting still be interesting in the preterit - as "watch collected"?
Who here has not purchased, traded, or otherwise received a new watch in a year? Two years? Five? Maybe I should just start posting on PMWF.
Well, enough of this. I'll have some pretty pictures for all of you in the next thread I start!