I've been into this hobby for more than 10 years and well over 300+ watches rotated. Started with a humble collection of vintage digitals (Citizens and Casios) and went all up to Omega SMPc. Inbetween all usual suspects - Seikos, Hamiltons, random microbrands etc. Sometimes, as many of us, I had up to 3 watches 'incoming'. Some of them got listed again within 2 hours from unpacking. You know the drill...
My problem always has been this vicious cycle: even when I loved the watch and its details, after some time I started to be just bored with it. Take Omega SMPc as an example. Blue one. It was a big purchase for me. I loved the hands, the deep blue dial, the craftsmanship. Even the approving looks of some people who noticed the watch gave me satisfaction. But after a month or so I started to be tired with Seamaster. Everything original and unique about the watch, every detail that I initially loved, was.. meh. I simply got used to it and the initial love affair was over. So it got sold. And the madness continued - divers, pilots, military watches, occasional dress watch. Love > boredom > sale.
Things changed in December 2018. I was well aware of Stowa watches. Had already Stova Ikarus and regular Stowa Flieger with blue hands. Loved the 40mm case and its comfort. But grey dial? Blue hands? Just another fantastic detail that started to tire me after few weeks.
But Stowa had a Christmas sale and I was already eying Stowa Verus for some time. It was weird, a little quirky, cartoonish but also one of the cheapest of their watches and I was always looking for 'value.' So when I saw it on Christmas sale it was immidiete 'buy'. After a week or so it arrived. I opened the box in the presence of my wife (a rare occasion for obvious reasons) and... I wanted to post it for sale right away. Ugly. Childish. Too simple. Unimpressive. Almost looking like some kind of special watch for people haveing problems with vision. Those were my first impressions. But because my wife was witnessing this 'unboxing' I decided it to wear the Verus at least for a day or two before selling it. So she won't care anymore and I can just move on with my watches.
But something weird happened. As I stared to wear it day after day, I stared to appriciate the ultra simplicity. No distraction, no ornamentation, no color. Pure function. Less emotional hype and less emotional mood changes. It is wahat it is - simple, useful mechanical watch. And nothing more. Literally nothing more. Every time I wanted to wear something else, I just got tired within few hours and wanted to wear the Verus again. When I put it on, I relaxed.
I was fully expecting this attitude to change after few weeks but now it's more then 3 months and I keep wearing the Verus. Do I think it's anyhow superb? No, definietly not. There are better pilot watches, certainly the IWC Mark series is something that comes to my mind. But then this one just gives me this 'zen' feeling. It doesn't excite me but instead it relaxes my mind. I still don't fully understand why and how.
I still waste my time browsing watch forus, reading watch news and watch listings, looking for bargains etc. But somehow I can not bring myself to buy something knowing that every detail that is going to be better then my Stowa Verus, will also make me tired after a while. So I'm in the hobby but also kind of out of it. Am I 'cured'? :)