With the tremendous variety of watches and the limited bricks and mortar retailing of them if you want to acquire watches it can be very tough to actually see a watch you want to purchase in person before purchasing it. There are also models which are not available in your market, models which sell as soon as they arrive at dealers, presold limited production models, rare vintage and used models and micros. So many of the watches that are discussed and shown on this forum can not be seen at retailers or boutiques even in the largest cities in the world. Even if you have a good sized circle of friends who are interested in watches, it is unlikely that your friends own all the watches you might be interested in and given the inclination of people to own watches to reflect their individualism, seeing a watch you're interested in on a friend's wrist can be an inhibitor to buying one for yourself. My guess is all this means being actively interested in buying watches generally means buying watches without first seeing them in person.
How do you feel about this? Do you agree? If you agree, how does it impact your watch buying? Do you limit what you buy because it seems insane to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on something you've never seen in person? Is your watch flipping somehow connected to buying watches you've never seen in person? Do you avoid vintage and used, because it is one thing to buy new watches you've never seen but another to buy used watches you've never seen? Do you think it is crazy that people buy watches without having ever seen them in person?