I've had vague thoughts of starting a thread like this for a while. I think what prompted me to finally do it was the fact that I just bit the bullet and ordered a BB41 (mentioned in an another thread).
I guess I'm just sort of curious about what watches mean to you all. Or-maybe-how you choose a watch. In the beginning, I found myself selecting watches based on one or another characteristic-it was almost an intellectual exercise. For example, I really thought tough military watches were cool, so I have had a couple Marathons. At one point, I got sick of automatics and battery changes and wanted what I thought might be one of the watches that would last the longest with the least intervention, so I ended up with a solar Citizen. I had my super ultra tough phase, so ended up with a king g-shock. I eventually wanted a watch that was the perfect long-term every day wear, so I chose a Damasko DA37. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting. I'm laughing a little as I write this because my selection is so varied and schizophrenic.
In my most recent search, I put a lot of time and reflection in. I realized that a lot of my prior searching had centered around optimization of a certain characteristic. Again-it had been kind of intellectual. And, while I wore each of those watches for a while, I ended up not wearing them long-term. I initially thought the answer to this was to simply pick whatever watch I found most aesthetically pleasing. But, as time went by, my thinking evolved past that point. In the end, I decided what was most likely to lead to the one watch I could be satisfied with was based on this sense of...finding one I wanted to marry. Okay, admittedly that sounds incredibly cheesy. However, it really did remind me of the process of looking for a wife. On the one hand, you want something that you find beautiful, something that's comfortable to be with, something that uses a movement you believe in and will stand the test of time, something that has good genes, etc. I'm sure plenty of jokes can be made here since I mentioned finding a wife : ). Anyhow-it really turned into a search for something that I felt satisfied me in many different ways and that I felt I could commit to.
Part of my assumption was that I was trying to find the one watch that I could live with for good (which is what led me to the BB41). I'm totally aware that many will find that silly and unnecessary. I can definitely respect the idea that this is a hobby and most people here are hobbying their way through lots of different watches. Still, though, it's kind of my hope that I can find a watch to marry and stay with. That has a lot of philosophical charm for me.
I'm curious how other people select watches. What do watches mean to you, and why do you buy what you buy? Do you buy lots or are you searching for the one?