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    How many is too many?

    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.

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    Re: How many is too many?

    In the bicycle world it's called N+1 . In the watch world N would = the watches you have and the + 1 would be the one that separates you from your partner . (It's just a joke) .
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    Re: How many is too many?

    I think the best approach is to do a box approach

    meaning you buy one box, and then fill it, and then the only way you can add a watch to the box if you sell one of your other ones
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    Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
    In the bicycle world it's called N+1 . N would = the watches you have and the + 1 would be the one that separates you from your partner . (It's just a joke) .
    Yes. Spoken another way:

    Let
    W = The proper number of watches
    D = Number of watches that causes divorce

    Therefore, W = D - 1
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    Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
    In the bicycle world it's called N+1 . N would = the watches you have and the + 1 would be the one that separates you from your partner . (It's just a joke) .
    Yes, N+1

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    Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by lisine View Post
    I think the best approach is to do a box approach

    meaning you buy one box, and then fill it, and then the only way you can add a watch to the box if you sell one of your other ones
    What's wrong with just getting another box....
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    Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by AAWATCHES View Post
    What's wrong with just getting another box....
    I was thinking of getting a bigger box, when I came to the stunning insight that it wouldn't fix my basic problem!

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    Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
    In the bicycle world it's called N+1 . In the watch world N would = the watches you have and the + 1 would be the one that separates you from your partner . (It's just a joke) .
    Well, N+1 would prevent me from buying another watch, so it should be N+2, which allows me to increase my watch collection without bound, so long as I only add one at any given time.
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    Re: How many is too many?

    "How many is too many?"
    Since you did ask this question, followed, essentially, by several reasons why your current number of 15 is a hassle ('needs to be serviced, in service, tested after service, storage, etc.'), clearly you have already answered your own question, which is that for you, 15 is indeed too many, and you even followed this with what might be a reasonable number--"5", an answer that does seem reasonable. As to what 5 you (or I) might keep--the answer there is purely subjective (as is this entire discussion)--but yes, downsizing your collection does makes sense, based on the arguments you have placed before us.

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    Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    "How many is too many?"
    Since you did ask this question, followed, essentially, by several reasons why your current number of 15 is a hassle ('needs to be serviced, in service, tested after service, storage, etc.'), clearly you have already answered your own question, which is that for you, 15 is indeed too many, and you even followed this with what might be a reasonable number--"5", an answer that does seem reasonable. As to what 5 you (or I) might keep--the answer there is purely subjective (as is this entire discussion)--but yes, downsizing your collection does makes sense, based on the arguments you have placed before us.
    You have it! I posted a question, answered my question, and now find myself in total agreement with my answer. Seriously though, I simply was wondering if others have found the same issues, and what they did.
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