So as the year is drawing to a close, and with enough time left to do something about it, I began to think of whether I'd at least a couple times worn each of the watches for which I'd "paid too much." I'm pretty pleased in that this year, I've managed to at least give a few days to nearly all of them. Only one have I managed not to don once this year. Fortunately, it's an easy watch to wear, especially during the holiday season.
So why did I even wonder about this? Well, mostly because I always say to myself that if I have so many watches that I don't even wear all the ones that were pricey, I certainly don't need to buy another one. It's kind of historically been my first gauge that I really have gone overboard with some indulgence. And not really with watches only, but also with shoes, shirts ....... utensils, workshop tools and garden "stuff."
Now if/when that day comes that it's clear I have more of this or that, but watches in particular since we are here on WUS, I have no idea what I'll actually do. Will I just stop buying and be done? Will I extend the time frame of assessment from one year to two? Will I sell or give away some? Will I just say, "WTH, I want this or that new one, and so what if I don't get to wear some other one." ? I really don't know.
So, those of you who just have the obsession, what is your modality of measurement? Do you have watches that you barely ever wear, but don't want to part with either? I've never parted with a watch except on a "temporary" basis. I let my kids wear my Rolexes and/or any other watch that's less pricey than the Rolexes, so sometimes I don't actually see them for months on end. Do you take the fact that you just don't use a watch as a sign to bail on the watch or just stop buying more in general?
One idea I had and shared with my four closest friends (20+ years close) just before penning this post is that we start a "watch trade" among ourselves. I'll offer up a watch and each them will too, something that most of the rest of us don't have and just wear the "other guy's" watch for a month or a couple weeks, whatever time frame seems to work given our schedules. It seems like it could be a fun way to explore watches that we each may have been considering, but just haven't pulled the trigger. It should also be fun because, while there's clearly some overlap in our collections, we each have slightly (sometimes not so slightly) varied taste, but none of us buys garish watches by any measure and we all have something like at least a dozen nice watches. Has anyone here actually tried doing such a thing? My only concern is whether it'll sate the desire to buy new stuff, or create new desires. LOL
All the best.