I currently have 15 watches in my collection. Others here will have much more and many will have less. I don't like to wear a watch that has gone more than ten years since it last had a service, and sometimes a watch of mine can go a year or more without being used at all. Then when I pick up a watch after some dormant period, I may find that it has drifted significantly in time keeping and needs work. Consequently, I always seem to have a watch either in service, about to go for a service, or just back and needing 'tested'. Then there are the bracelets and straps. It seems that all the bracelets need to be reduced in length at the same time (or let out).
On top of all this are the security and possible insurance concerns. It gets to a point where I wonder if my collection might be less of a hassle, and give more pleasure if it was a bit smaller. In my case I am thinking that '5' is the right number. My fifteen would be down sized to:
1. Grand Seiko HAQ. (Daily beater, travel etc.)
2. Grand Seiko spring drive chronograph. (Amazing watch with 416 parts, 50 jewels, and looks terrific. Great functionality.)
3. Grand Seiko spring drive hand wound dress watch. (Love the technology. Looks awesome.)
4. Patek Phillipe Aquanaut. (A PP version of a sports watch. Great to wear, but not as tough as GS.)
5. Patek Phillipe Calatrava. (Mine is in rose gold. A quintessential dress watch.)
That would cover my bases sufficiently I think, and maintain my interest without becoming bothersome to maintain. This list leaves out some beautiful watches that I still very much like including one more PP, a Rolex, a couple of Omega's, and other Grand Seiko's. I would put all these somewhere out of the way for a couple of years and see if I miss them before selling anything.
So what do you think of my strategy? What is your approach and what of yours would be on your list? Or do you reject the entire idea? I would love to hear.