Are there predictable stages of watch addiction? Iím reasonably new to this hobby/obsession, but have followed a pretty typical path getting here I think. this is how I see it:
Stage 1 - Normal Dude.
I wore a Nixon watch I got as a gift. Nothing special. Didnít care much about it. This is most ppl that wear watches I think. And was me for a couple decades.
Stage 2 - Normal Dude Who Appreciates a Cool Lookin Watch.
Donít know what triggered it, but at some point I started noticing watches a bit. Bought a giant, vulgar, testosterone-soaked Guess watch I lugged around on my arm for the better part of a year. Eventually I came to my senses and upgraded to a more reasonably sized Fossil that I really quite enjoyed and wore Up until it broke. I think this is just about everybody else who wears a watch.
Stage 3 - Watch Nerd from the Sidelines - Basic Newb
Unlike my forgotten trigger for Stage 2, I know exactly what triggered Stage 3, and itís real clichť. The Omega Speedmaster Professional. Some well placed Omega marketing drifted through my internet browser and it was revealed to me that that particular watch had been worn on the freakin MOON, Dude! Well that had me. Hook, line and sinker. This was obviously the best watch ever made. Not to mention that after looking at only Nixons and Fossils and similar my whole life, an Omega was the most beautiful watch in existence too. And so I obsessed over the Moonwatch for some time. Even started putting $20 in a jar every paycheque to buy one in ten years. But my obsession with the Omega Pro specifically, inevitably led me to other chronographs which lead predictably to the Rolex Daytona, which lead to the Submariner which basically opened the flood gates on my expanding watch taste.
Once youíre here, I suspect itís unavoidable to move on to deeper stages of addiction.
Stage 4 - Low Level Collector/High Level Obsessor - Watch Enthusiast
This is where Iím at currently. Own a couple Steinharts. Got a want list including some other homages. But thatís all my sensibilities will budget for. I do spend almost all my free time browsing the internet about watches though.
Stage 5 - High Level Collector - Proper Mega Nerd
I can only speculate personally, but I suspect this is the next stage and is in my future. Thereís a lot of stories on here of watch collections that drain life savings, and the futility of trying to make a profit from watches as an investment. But that doesnít seem to deter once youíre in this deep. Blindly obsessed. But at least youíre goin broke doin what you love, right?
Am I missing something else? Is there any hope for me or am I gonna find myself divorced and selling my house to bid on a $100k milsub ten years from now? Oh man, itíd be cool to own a real milsub...