I ask in the context of seeking your grail or some otherwise significant-to-you addition, not being able to find something along your ideal specifications within a time period you consider reasonable and subsequently settling for a second, third or fourth (etc.) best variant. I know the hunt is part of the fun, but I find I'm getting a bit weary in my search and have started to entertain far from ideal options in terms of variance from things such as ideal caliber, condition, dial colour or other attributes. How have you maintained your patience during a long or tough hunt? Have you ever settled and later regretted it? Conversely, has a "defeat" ever turned out to be an unexpected blessing for you?