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    Self Imposed Collection Rules

    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?
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    Re: Self Imposed Collection Rules

    Rules are there to be broken!
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    My only rule is that if I don’t look forward to wearing it, it goes


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    I think you need to go seasonal: put your five "winter watches" on a shelf in your closet and wear only your five "summer watches" until the seasons change. If that still feels too limiting, get a set of fall and spring watches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoTheQ View Post
    I think you need to go seasonal: put your five "winter watches" on a shelf in your closet and wear only your five "summer watches" until the seasons change. If that still feels too limiting, get a set of fall and spring watches.
    What is the winter and summer watches?
    How they different one from another?

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    Self Imposed Collection Rules

    My one rule is, Maximum one new watch per year. For the kost part I have honored this self imposed rule.

    I think it’s silly to limit yourself to having one watch per brand. As I think you will be missing out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gossler View Post
    ...I think it’s silly to limit yourself to having one watch per brand. As I think you will be missing out.
    That “rule” comes up from time to time in WIS-dom. Silly IMHO as well - so you can’t have both a Sub and GMT Master II (guilty)? No Speedy if you have an AT? No Reverso if you have a MUT Moon? Yikes...
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    I could never force myself to only have one watch per brand. Right now, my self imposed rule is...no more until I sell some off.

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    My rule is "one in - one out". This way I can maintain resonable amount of watches in rotation.

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    Re: Self Imposed Collection Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by ATL Jack View Post
    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?
    If it's any consolation, I have the same silly rule.

    And YES, I do realize that rule is broken no less that four times in my collection, but that's only because I haven't yet sold the original watch that ended up being replaced by my second acquisition because I felt the second watch best served as my "one representative" for that brand. But they are all on the block to be sold. And for that matter, if another watch of that brand came along that was a "better match" for me, the current one from that brand would ultimately be sold.

    And YES, I do realize that I am high-functioning insane.

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