I got bit by the watch bug about 10 years ago. I'd always admired mechanical watches. My first purchase was an Oris diver. Then I discovered this forum and found out about Ball watches and other lesser known brands. After a few purchases and sales I ended up with my small collection of a Ball Engineer II Diver (gets most wrist time) an Omega SMP 2254.50 (my "fancy watch") and a Damasko D56 (I love it's understated design). Originally. I thought I'd add a new watch to my collection annually. However, this threesome brought me so much pleasure I stopped yearning for more time pieces. Alas, my fickle heart began to wonder. Ball watches started promoting special offerings and auctions. My collection is doubling with a Ball Engineer King III and two other models incoming. Hence, my question, would it make more sense to own one iconic watch that might actually appreciate in value (e.g. Rolex Explorer , Rolex Sub , Omega Speedmaster or IWC Mark (?)) or enjoy my 5 or 6 lesser known watches? Maintaining my small collection will actually end up costing more (my Omega and Ball are getting due for service) then maintaining one higher end watch. I guess if I pair down to one watch it will no longer be a hobby and I'll stop frequenting WUS. Maybe my guitars will get played more, ha!