Let me explain what I mean.
As one of the advocates of the "collect a bunch of different watches" philosophy rather than the "own one grail watch" approach, I find that my collection has grown to a satisfying (normal-crazy but arguably not yet WIS-crazy) size. I have likes and dislikes, of course, but my collection is fairly broad in scope and spans quite a few different "genres". I visit the different fora here and everyone's very excited about domed hesalite or radio synchronization or ceramic bezel inserts and it's hard not to get swept up in it.
Because of this diversity of taste, I've found that in determining what to buy next or which watch to keep and which to sell, I've started deciding this based on a sort of classification game. If I can justify that a watch holds a unique place of function in my collection, it stays. If I find that there's some unspoiled frontier yet to be explored, I'll go out in search of a new acquisition. Obviously, I lack the sheer will (or I guess "spouse") to enforce a strict numerical ceiling.
It all started out straightforward enough: I don't have a black-banded dress watch for my friend's wedding. I need a beater watch. Everyone's got at least one diver in their collection, right?
Since those humbler days, I've started jumping through increasingly convoluted hoops to convince myself that there's some important niche yet left unfilled: Of course! I've got an auto chrono, but now I obviously need a hand-wind one. The system doesn't work as well as it used to, but things are still alot of fun. Right now, I'm looking for a split-color 24-hour bezel GMT diver (I wish the green-and-silver Bernhardt Globemasters were still available). Maybe something vintage after that.
I wonder: is this a common methodology? How do you guys pick what comes next or what watch ends up on forum 29?
I'll assume that most on this forum have a fairly broad taste when it comes to watches. But do you guys just pick what looks good at the moment, without much consideration for distinctness of function?
Unlike at least some here, I don't think I'd want to own multiple copies of the same watch or two different watches that are too similar. Similarity is a fairly subjective metric, granted. I just mean that I don't think I'll be one of those collectors who'll own Speedmaster models 3570, 3572, and 3573 all at the same time. And after purchasing an Ocean7 LM-1, I'm much less inclined to pick up an LM-6 or even a Dwatch or Benrus, having fulfilled that "chunky diver" niche.
Here's the current family snapshot with some (mostly whimsical) classifications to justify each piece's ownership.