I've been through it all, up and down. I've had 20 watches in rotation, and I've gotten down to 3. I've had Swiss, Japanese, Chinese and all manners in between. I've had Omegas and PAMs and once had mostly G-Shocks in the stable. I've chased the mighty Grail, caught it a few times just to realize as many of us have that the real grail has evaded me once again.
Through it all, I've always had a multi purpose hard-hitter to pinch hit, a Citizen pilot (was an older Skyhawk Ti before I moved up to a black steel RC version)
I'm now in Bangkok, and after the better part of 6 months of "vagabondism" am getting ready to head back to the US to rejoin the rat race. I mention this because this may have played a part in my journey.
I've left a few watches back home in California but still took a few with me traveling. I've always felt quite foolish but never more so has this come into play than when you're living out of two suitcases and having room is of the importance. I've been a collector for well over a decade so no disparaging those that have the means, but the extremes of the hobby and its pitfalls have finally dawned on me. Two wrists and 9 watches? It just doesn't make any sense...
Long story short (and there are no shortage of "rich man's watches" here), I've realized that there are more things in life I should be spending 3-5k or even over 1k for than spending them on watches, unless I've become extremely independently wealthy it just doesn't make any sense. People say you should buy what you enjoy, and to a certain extent I can subscribe to this. But enough is enough.
Short of a Tag and the aforementioned Citizen mainstay and maybe a G gifted to me from my brother, I'm on my way to start downgrading. I walked in the mall today and saw MANY Timexes that looked really really nice! I've been high and low and even realized I've pooh pooed a lot of sub $200 watches before and it seems rather silly now. I've been guilty of going to dinner parties and business meetings having rushed home to switch to my Sinn or Longines because the Casio I had on was "embarrassing". No more.
It's my personal decision that I won't be wearing a life's savings on my wrist any more.....at least not until I've paid for a condo and a couple of cars and I can truly afford it. I have an Omega Moonwatch in my sights, and I will have it, once the coffers are full and the net worth is where it should be.
As for my attitude about meetings and parties now, if I they think less of me for the Timex I may be wearing that night, I don't need to know them. :)
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