Unpopular opinion: there’s such a thing as too many watches

Some people should know when enough is enough because you can't possibly wear them all!

This is going to ruffle a few feathers, but I am a firm believer in actually wearing one’s watches and driving one’s cars. I cannot stand those who purely buy things like that as ‘investments’ and never wear them because they’re too afraid of them losing value – it’s utterly pointless.

Owning too many cars is one thing, but it is far easier to buy far too many watches and then be stuck with dozens upon dozens of them. I appreciate some people like the ability of having lots ready to go and that’s fine but there is such a thing as owning too many watches. For example, when do you need to own more than twelve watches that all do the same things?

I feel as though the world of watch collecting has gone a bit mad and people are buying watches willy nilly to fit in with the ‘Insta cool kids’ and as ‘investments’. When in actual fact, more people would be better off buying watches they actually want not because they could make a buck or two from them by never taking them out of the box.

Instagram is a prime example of this sort of behaviour. You see vast collections spanning multiple Pelican cases and you have to wonder why? I currently own around six watches and regularly wear just one of those. I need to cut down and am doing so – it helps to have a strict ‘one in, one out’ policy.

However, I adore the romantic notion of having just one watch for life because I am traditional and boring. This is why I daily wear the same watch that I will also wear on my wedding day, when my first child is born and on my death bed before being handed down to my kids. That’s just how it is, so why buy 50 more when you can only truly cherish one?

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