This is not meant as a slam to anyone on here. But as a member for a short amount of time, I've come to realize that I am more of a casual fan of watches and am by no means a WIS. The real indicator came recently while on vacation.
To celebrate my wife finishing her Master's Degree, she decided that we needed to go on a trip. She picked Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. (If you have any kids in your house, and want to go somewhere great, consider this place)
As soon as she told me where we were going, I knew what watch I'd take. Let me clarify that, I knew which ONE watch I'd take. My AWG-M100 G-Shock would be well suited to any pool/ocean/other activity I'd partake in while at the resort. It has a 2nd time zone window so I wouldn't have to worry about changing the analog time, and frankly, I don't really care if people are checking out my watch.
I enjoy others' posts about their vacations and seeing their pix, but I took one pic of my watch on the trip, and that was more of a goof while on the plane.
Aside from one guy wearing a "Breitling" hat, I paid no attention to what anyone wore on their wrist. Come to think of it, I don't remember seeing many watches at all. I guess that is the point to a vacation isn't it? Not to worry about what time it is? We had to keep to a bit of a schedule as we signed our kids into the Kid's Clubs daily. We also wanted to know where they would be so we had the schedule with us so we could have lunch together. Also, most of the activities were on a schedule so if we wanted to do archery, we knew we had to wait until 4pm as the different age groups had it busy until then.
Don't get me wrong, I really love watches, I love this site as I learn a lot from it. One of the biggest things I've learned so far is to be happy with what I like. In one of my posts from a while ago, I put pictures up of most of my watches. One person commented that I'd managed to collect just about every model that no one has any interest in. While I may have collected watches that no one ELSE was interested in, I enjoy having each and every watch I own. I think my most expensive watch was $300 at Costco in 2003, a Movado my wife bought me for Valentine's Day that year. I wore it nearly every day for 12 years until I bought the G-Shock I took on this trip.
Trust me when I say that there are a lot of watches that I admire, but I'll never own most of them. I'll never have a Rolex, Breitling, or Omega. I'm a fan of Citizen Eco-Drive, Solar/Atomic G Shocks, the odd Seiko that "no one" is interested in, and I'm fine w/that! I don't wear my watches to impress the stranger across the aisle on the plane, I wear my watch for the utility.
There is only one watch that I truly want at this point, and that is my father's Seiko 6105-8000 that he bought in Japan on his way home from Viet Nam. He teased me w/it when I went back home last year. I thought he was going to give it to me as after I asked him about it, he dug the original box out complete w/all the papers and even the price tag. $38 for those interested. But... he did not hand it over. At this point, I believe it will be a sad day when my mother hands it to me after he passes, so if that is the case, I'm hoping I never get it. That is unrealistic, so I'm hoping that it stays w/him for a very long time.
Here are some pix of my trip, and I'll even include my single watch pic: