I have inadvertently imposed some collecting rules on myself. When I say "inadvertently", what I mean is that I didn't sit down and come up with a list of rules, rather these rules just seem to exist without my thought or input, they are phantom unspoken rules. As an example, I have found that if I have too many watches I tend to flip more frequently. I think the reason for this is that the more watches I have the less I wear each watch and therefore the less I appreciate each individual watch. If I go a week or two without wearing a particular watch I will start to think about what I should replace it with, but when I put it on my wrist I fall in love with it again and wonder why on earth I would consider selling it. I therefore try to keep my collection limited in quantity so that I wear every watch each week. Right now I have 5, which is manageable for me, but I actually think I would be happier at 3 or 4. I just dont know how to pare down to that few so limit my collection to 5 or 6.
As a result of limiting my collection size, I have a silly rule that I can not have 2 watches with the same brand. I find that this rule is very annoying and I wish I didnt have it, but for some reason I cant get past it. I have an Aqua Terra that I am not willing to part with but I want to try a Speedmaster, of course cant seem to bring myself to owing both. Same thing with Sinn, I have an EZM 1.1 but want a 104 i. I have no problem with other forms of overlap, I am fine having multiple divers.
Does anyone else suffer from this dumb rule of brand variety? What self imposed rules do you have?