Hello watch nutters, I have been into watches for a while now and I have been noticing a trend in spending and a comfort level or should I say a discomfort level moving into different tiers of watch buying. I have noticed that the current collection (loose term) has seemed to move into a certain price level or range, its not that I don't enjoy lower end watches but after running the gambit of starter or mid tier watches the level and prices has crept up.
I have a couple new watch wants and the price is going to take me north of 10k (not an issue for some) and it kind of feels like a milestone spending hurdle. When I was first starting out, I was buying sub 500$ watches from local stores thinking I moved into some nice watches but then I stumbled upon watch forums and man were my eyes opened. The sheer volume of choices from lower, mid, micros and higher end watches, it was like sheer overload. Then it really started to get fun going through and trying out different brands especially the micros. The first time I broke the 1k mark I had to think about it for a while and changed my mind a few times before finally pulling the trigger but some thing happened, I suddenly became comfortable in that range of 800-1400$. After going through a bunch in that range and discovering online selling (not for profit but recovery of funds), I made my first above 3K purchase after thinking I would not ever spend that much. Then the dabbling in the 2500-3500 range kind of became the norm and I was completely comfortable with spending that amount.
Well the watches really started to accumulate and before I realized it I had a 32 Pelican watch case full and a 6 watch box on the dresser also full. I came to the realization that I had too many for me and I was thinking consolidate and moving into the next level of watch with the theory of less is more. At this time I was well versed in what sizes and dimensions I preferred and essentially was going after some keeper type watches that I thought I would never spend that kind of money on but I absolutely loved the styling. The watch purge started and the money was building up and I was ready to go after something more expensive
The first 5k+ purchase was a big deal and I thought about it for a while searched and looked for the right fit, thinking keeper. After the purchase was made and the purge was almost complete, selling all my micros and mid range watches with only 1 surviving my Tag SLR (my do anything Quartz). It then seemed like the 5K+ was no big deal and I moved onward and bought 3 more in that range a GS, Rolex and a Zenith all new. I am now using a 10 watch, watch box and they have to all fit in there or I have to get rid of 1 (I don't count beater watches in this equation because I love the Sub 500 category for getting that real inexpensive gem). I have 2 empty spots in the watch box and I was looking at a couple watches that will take me north of 10k
I have been sitting on the funds for a while now and have come close to pulling the trigger a couple times but I have stumbled going over this mark, for a couple reasons I believe.
1) its a big decision and
2) I am worried about getting comfortable in the next level of spending.
Each time I have spent more than I thought I would have when I started, I end up getting comfortable with that range. I am not saying that I will only buy above that from now on but it just seems to get comfortable after breaking it for the first time.
I was wondering if others have experienced this and did you eventually hit your ceiling, where you said that's it. I wont or cant go any higher, or do you kind of start feeling like its only a little more cash I can stretch it. What ever your level of spending is have you hit your ceiling of comfort or is it just a matter of time before you push on?