Disclaimer: Major first world problem below, I'm self aware.
Been collecting about 6 years now, averaging less than 1 purchase per year and sticking at the max $500 level with some affordables favorites (current collection summary below). In the last year my financial situation has improved substantially to the point where the luxury market would now be reasonable/responsible for me but I just can't seem to decide if I want to go there. I do have 3 kids under age 7 I'll eventually need to pay for college after all. Because of this, I find myself hesitant to purchase any new affordables, because if I'm going to get a $3-5k watch in the next few years I don't want to waste $500 now on something I won't wear long term. I'm not a flipper don't really want to deal with selling. From my collection below you can see I'm in need of a white dial daily/dress option. Currently looking at a Seiko SARB035 ($450) which look beautiful . . . or an Omega Aqua Terra white ($3,800 used). 10 months and one more bonus and maybe the AT is a slam dunk. So for now I'm just stuck here at the corner, can't decide where to go but the money in my pocket is yelling SPEND ME. Thanks for indulging my little superfluous therapy session.
Hamilton Kahki Field 42mm
Squale 1545 heritage
Seiko SBDN035 (solar quartz)
Seiko 5 Black
Rodina (Cheap $100 Nomos Homage)
Skagen (from before my WIS days, mostly just to fill the box)