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Daveyboyz

Watches that don't get worn

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I am just going to throw something out there... its been discussed before but I want to ask some questions...

Quick prologue is that I think it is perfectly acceptable to own some watches that very rarely go on the wrist.   I have a couple of "special occassion" watches that are just too expensive to wear in the hood but if I am going to a posh restaurant quite perfect.   I also have a couple of golden oldies that are there for the collection more than for the wearing.   The bulk of the stuff I wear most is in the mid-range of my collection, Omega, Seiko and the Polar Explorer has been out a lot recently. 

The question is if a watch is out of style, not shock proof or water proof,  the winding block is getting a bit worn and it looks too small on the wrist... what should happen to it?   I mean, if its a case of selling what doesn't get worn how are we to find somebody who wants to wear it... who wants to risk a broken balance staff or apply more wear to an already well worn piece of irreplaceable kit?   Surely someone has to be the care taker of such watches?

People collect all sorts of stuff they don't use, my mum collects snuff boxes but isn't about to partake... should watches be any different?

Anyone changed their mind on this issue?  Switched camps?  

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I haven't actually worn any of mine for ages...and haven't bought a watch for well over a year now. Although I post in the daily WRUW threads, I don't wear the watches I post...they are just the ones I would be wearing if I could be bothered to open the safe. That's why they're all old pics, too. I have no plans to change this.

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I will wear most things I buy, except NOS watches.  That can be annoying, but if something has lasted so long unworn it would be unwise for me to wear it and reduce its value.

There is a time and place.  I don't visit the hood often, but I wouldn't wear an expensive watch in a poor area or country.  I am quite happy strapping on a Timex for a visit to Africa, but not to a black tie dinner in London

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Anything that is deemed to be too precious for wear in my day to day life is getting the heave ho. What is the "hood" ?. I have a jacket with one, or is it this guy ?

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Anyway, I've moved on a good few watches over the past month, that don't get worn, and there's more to go.

1 minute ago, Bonzodog said:

If I don’t wear it ,it’s gets sold.

Yes !

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31 minutes ago, Daveyboyz said:

The question is if a watch is out of style, not shock proof or water proof,  the winding block is getting a bit worn and it looks too small on the wrist... what should happen to it...Surely someone* has to be the care taker of such watches?

*Probably me! :biggrin:
However, I’m pretty  fussy, & ensure that I acquire the best unadulterated example that is available.  Which has resulted in me waiting years till a particular (scarce) one, that meets my criteria, comes along.
They always get looked over by a watchmaker regardless of cost, future values is of no concern whatsoever too me.

Our pleasures, indulgences in life always come with a cost. 

 

41 minutes ago, Daveyboyz said:

Anyone changed their mind on this issue?  Switched camps?  

Nope.
Can’t see that ever happening with me, have always bought what like with the intention of keeping/wearing them, obviously some more rarely than others.

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I’ve found watches and straps and watch boxes that I have no idea Id brought/traded etc .. come to think of it I’m sure I’m missing some lol 

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No, I wear all of my small collection  --  precious metal dress watch with jeans, no problem. Watches seem to "dress down" better than they "dress up".

Clearly though, some are worn less often than others. The Rolex and AP get the least wrist time. I did get pangs about that, and offered the AP for sale  --  but nobody wanted it, so it stays.

Luckily, (like @Karrusel) "resale value" is not a concept I've ever thought about . . . .

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I have one watch that doesn't get worn. It is my father's old Omega. I have other watches that only get worn on the odd occasion. I have a watch that I take on holiday when I am in a place I don't know. I may start wearing my father's watch on his birthday if it is not a work day as I will be getting a new strap on my birthday but other than that will not be wearing it, but it will never be sold.

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Well its wired into me to at least consider resale values (not that I flip too many now, and not that it is the be all and end all or my collection would look rather different) 

If you wouldn't keep something you don't wear then you aren't really a collector!  (zips up flame proof suit)

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I must admit that during all the COVID crisis  both the wife and I haven’t really bothered wearing watches , she because she can’t, working in the nhs and me as I can’t really be bothered ( no need retired) and consequently not really going out much so seems pointless. Bit of a shame really but does make you reevaluate things mayBe?

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I have a small collection but try to have a varied collection too. I’ve got my conquest as a daily beater, Hydroconquest as my diver/ sports watch, tag Monaco as my dress watch, constellation as going out in town watch and speedy as a special occasion watch.

They all get worn because they all have a specific purpose....just some more than others. 
 

I think the most il ever own is 6 at a time....and have a 1 in 1 out policy, otherwise they’d just sit there being useless.

its going to get trickier as I go along, I already see the hydroconquest and Monaco being replaced with a planet ocean 39.5mm and breitling navitimer 38 in the next couple of years, possibly my conquest being replaced with a grand Seiko SBGN005, after that it’s grail watch and end game with a JLC or Glashutte Original of some sort. 

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I am not sure why them sitting there makes them useless. 

 

I rarely wear my JLC, mainly because the effort involved setting the triple date moon phase... I do pick it up and admire it a lot though. 

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I think this is a difficult one to call, because I find my view changes over time. There was a time I had lots to choose from, of modest or little value, and many sat in boxes for months at a time, or were simply never worn and I was fine with that.

Changed circumstances caused me to reconsider what, why and how I collected. I thinned things out leaving, in the end, a handful I really like and wear.

Although very happy with this now, I realise that may change and we all want and take different aspects from our hobby giving us our personal way of collecting. Nothing stays the same, not least as get more knowledge and refine our taste, so I see it as a moving feast. As long as you enjoy it, that’s the key.

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I have several i don't wear very often, not for any reason I just don't. However I've never actually sold a watch. I too never consider resale as the ones I would part with would fetch such a small amount I'd rather keep it! I do need to downsize a bit though! I do try to give everything a wear at least a couple days every couple months :)

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I'm with @andyclient on this.

During lockdown I started wearing watches less, even outside the house.

 

 

 

 

 

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I've got plenty of watches that don't get worn, I guess that's inevitable in a collection of around 60-ish, and it doesn't really bother me.  Some might not even get picked up between battery changes :laugh:

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4 minutes ago, Davey P said:

I've got plenty of watches that don't get worn, I guess that's inevitable in a collection of around 60-ish, and it doesn't really bother me.  Some might not even get picked up between battery changes :laugh:

Aghhh that would drive me nuts!!!!!! I think I have a problem. If something doesn’t get used within 6 months it goes in a box, if it doesn’t get used in 12 months that box goes in the bin!

 

thank god I at least get some action on my birthday! 

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2 minutes ago, WickerBill said:

 I think I have a problem.

You're not the only one around here... :laugh:

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9 minutes ago, WickerBill said:

 if it doesn’t get used in 12 months that box goes in the bin!

 

 

I believe @Davey P offers a free and comprehensive watch bin service. Just send the offending items to him, and your worries are over :yes:

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2 minutes ago, yokel said:

I believe @Davey P offers a free and comprehensive watch bin service. Just send the offending items to him, and your worries are over :yes:

That is correct.  No need to thank me, I've always been a helpful and giving person :laugh:

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14 hours ago, andyclient said:

I can’t really be bothered ( no need retired) and consequently not really going out much so seems pointless. Bit of a shame really but does make you reevaluate things mayBe?

Exactly this as per andyclient above (although recently retired) for me at the moment with covid, I am not selling yet (its good I don't need to either) as hoping next year will be better for travel and life in general when opportunities to wear watches will be greater:yes:

deano

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30 minutes ago, deano1956 said:

 

hoping next year will be better for travel and life in general when opportunities to wear watches will be greater:yes:

 

Have a slightly different take on this. Unless up to my eyes in brambles or pond construction, I tend to see every day as an opportunity to wear a nice watch  --  don't have to be with anyone else; just enjoy them for me.

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All of my watches get worn eventually but I wear my most expensive watches more often. Seems logical to me to give more wrist time to the watches I've paid the most for.

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20 minutes ago, yokel said:

Have a slightly different take on this. Unless up to my eyes in brambles or pond construction, I tend to see every day as an opportunity to wear a nice watch  --  don't have to be with anyone else; just enjoy them for me.

only slightley yokel, as with what i have been doing for the last 3 months since retired is jobs kinda as you have highlighted , jobs you would not wear a cartier to do, not even my cheapest seiko:biggrin:, all my watches are on disply in a case i can look at every day and admire just for the fact i own them :thumbsup:

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