Oh, where i start.
Greetings again fellow members, watch snobs, erudites, knobs, commoners, royals. Sometimes one finds oneself in a interesting point in life, a point of transition, where our own impulses think they can decide better and that, my friends, is what i want to avoid.
Here, short background. I live in the country with one of the worst managed economy in the world (take a guess), and have what i can't identify as a love or obsession with watches/timepieces/as-you-desire-to-call-them. I'm 24 years old, not upper class, no lower class. Most of my teenager years i spent playing and collecting cards of the game "Magic: the Gathering" and as a result, i was able to raise a considerable amount of money even for my age. Consider that my salary in my current job is extremely low if you exchange it do US Dollars (Inflation is out of charts). When i say a considerable amount of money, near 10K $. Living with parents too, so no housing payments, share some bills of negligible importance and i get to enjoy most of the money i have on myself.
Now, i've bought two somewhat notable watches for my age and condition (these are on my signature). But, here is the thing, i want to shoot for a grail now. My grails are, as for now and plausible, a Rolex GMT Master Pepsi, a Omega Speedmaster 3570.50, a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Calendar, a Rolex Submariner LV, a Omega Seamaster 300M (Blue) and a Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Duo, in that order. Every single one of them in my budget, new or preowned. But there are MANY things to consider.
First, i could use the dough on education. Even though i'm enrolled in public higher education, i could use the money for a year abroad.
Second, the economy of my country means, that money will be very, very difficult to raise back once i spend it. Having that backup money means a lot of pressure off. Having a Rolex might not if a emergency comes and i need the cash.
Third, crime is so rampant i won't be able to enjoy my potential watch as much as... Normal people enjoy their watches in normal countries.
Fourth, and most importantly, is really a watch what i need to feel good? Whatever how much i love watches or not?
I take into consideration, those years of collecting and having these valuable cards which i painfully sold recently. I believe i could reward myself for being a nerd in high-school instead of going out with chicks and partying (Heh.)
So, what would you do in my position? Should i get me a nice pre-owned GMT Master, Moonwatch or whatever and blame myself on the consequences? Or play safe and have the money burning a hole below my mattress? (It's not under my mattress, you cat burglars).