Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

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    Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    Most of us with collections of more than a couple watches have some that are more expensive than others. Do you wear these watches more or less than the less expensive ones?

    I'm fortunate enough to have 3 watches that cost >$2K (new), 2 Rolexes and 1 Omega, but I rarely wear them. My rationale is that I don't want them to get damaged. Not the most sound reasoning considering they're just metal and basically really hard glass (hesalite for Speedy), but I just can't put them when I go out unless it's for a special occasion.

    An alternative approach to this is that they cost a lot of money, so you're going to wear them to get the most out of them. I can't get myself to think this way. Can you?
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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    If I don't wear it often then its got to go.

    Its not about the value of the watch when its on your arm its about the feeling that it gives you to be wearing that watch.
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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie View Post
    Its not about the value of the watch when its on your arm its about the feeling that it gives you to be wearing that watch.
    Good answer.

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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    None of my watches are case queens. They are all worn regardless of price with the most wrist time going to the most expensive one in the collection. All of the scratches and scuffs are worth the feeling I get from having them on my wrist. For me, if I'm not going to wear it, there's no point in having it.
    Last edited by boosman; March 11th, 2009 at 03:22. Reason: rephrased

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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    I don't collect watches; I wear them. Because I like them.
    I have 3 or 4 expensive watches and about 10 less expensive.
    I do find that there are some that I simply don't wear anymore. I liken it to having loved a girlfriend, and now, not so much.
    I am going to soon get rid of my "old girlfriends." Maybe this summer when I learn how to post pictures.
    I have a few vintage tank watches and such that will simply have to go.

    If you haven't worn a watch in 6 months, it's time for it to find a "lover."
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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    After reducing my collection considerably over the last year, now all my watches get a fair share amount of time, regardless of price. That being said, it also depends on what i'm doing at the time.

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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    watches are meant to be worn!

    wear them! i rotate mine regularly :)


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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    Generally I wear most of my pieces equally...but if certain events call for it I grab the more expensive ones.
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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    I do find myself wearing some watches more than others but it has little to do with price. My Mido Multifort Chrono gets a fair amount of wrist time and until recently it had the highest MSRP of my watches. My SA 9G-600 got the most time and its MSRP was 2nd-3rd, but I also found myself wearing two of my quartz chronos a lot - one of which had an MSRP of $300 but I got it for $39. It all goes back to what I like, the occassion, and what strikes my fancy that day. Recent aquisitions have thrown my wearing ratios all off but for about a year the above was pretty accurate overall.
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    As long as you follow those simple rules - you shouldn't listen to anyone about your watches.


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    Re: Expensive watches-- wear them more or wear them less?

    I buy watches to wear. What good are they if left in a drawer or boxed up? Life is too short to save the "good stuff" for tomorrow. You never know what tomorrow brings. I wear all my watches. Cost has nothing to do with it. I'm like that with my fountain pens, too. Why have them if I don't use them?

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