Well...greetings to all fellow sufferers and I hope I have come to the right place for therapy and relief? I have followed all the goings on here for over a year and am finally convinced that herein might be the answer to my problems.
By way of saying 'hello' can I tell you a little of my background? Perhaps others here may have experience of my plight.
I've always liked wrist-watches...I can't hide it any longer. From my first much loved Keeps On Tickin' Timex aged 12 (I'm 60 now!) to the day this affliction really took hold a watch has never been off my wrist. I can't describe what prompts my martyrdom to this affliction except to say I just love the 'thingy-ness' of them. Most of my watches over the years where, however bought with one eye to utility and the other to thrift. Market stall 20 dollar specials (carefully selected!) as a rule and once the batteries (yes - I know) died they joined the great sock draw of oblivion.
THEN...my much loved Father in Law left me his lovely retirement special Kreuth Freres Certina anniversary edition dress watch-with a beautiful Perseux ultra slim hand wound movement and I had a sudden epiphany. Watches can be beautiful and special...and such a vehicle for artistry and craftsmanship....and don't deserve the ignominy of my sock and underpants draw.
My everloving wif then bought me a Boys-Own bargain basement watch maintenance kit from Amazon a couple of Christmases ago and I set to with gusto to give all those old watches from my life new batteries and straps...
And so it began.
I started looking around for a new interesting and 'meaningful' new watch and read all the tales of passion on this site.
Of course I started modestly and somewhat ill-informed but I wanted to return to those halcyon days of mechanical-winding and wistful retro. So along came a Komanderskie-followed by an Amphibian...a couple of quirky Shanghai reissues...one or two (ahem) cheap Quartz looky-likeys ((Yup-an Invicta Rolex Sub-U-Like...don't knock it 'til you you tried it) and over the course of the next 12 months worked my way up to Seagull....contemplated Seiko....bought a couple of better quality Far Eastern Miyota mvt automatics...
I think you can see where this is going? There is no cure!
So now after a dozen cautious, careful, lo-cost/risk investments of very few quids I have a watch for every day of the fortnight.
The strange thing is.
I love them all ! But find I keep looking lustfully at even more salubrious and gradually more up market offerings. What joy? What guilt and suffering?? I hope I am not alone?
My last purchase was a rather lovely Dan Henry 1964 Gran Turino Chrono.
I'm sure I can stop all this now with your help.
In the meantime I would love to share with you some of my more eclectic puchases-but bear in mind my spiritual home is likely 'Affordable', Chinese Mechanical and Russian forums.
No way you'll ever find me buying a watch worth more than my toaster!
Famous last words.
And indeed they are. Sorry for the rambley self intro but I hope to find some fellow-feeling amongst perhaps one or two members here.
Or am I completely bonkers.
All best/replies appreciated but not obligatory-
Ron (I can quit any time) Trousers