Selling all your watches (or most of them) can be a
August 13 2012, 7:55 PM
great new beginning...and it will give you the resouirces (emotional as well as financial) to enjoy the new adventure. I am down to just three watches...the one I love the most, the one I love second most, and the one I will sell when the right money comes along. There is only one watch I would buy...and that is a watch I owned once, let get away...and if necessary can live without. There are no other watches I actually want.
This is the result of deciding that I can admire something (even greatfully admire it...worship it) without needing to own it. I am now ready to start selling my art collection. I am already giving away many of my books. Then I will unload the antiques and give away the rest. If the real estate market ticks up another couple of points it will be time to sell the condo. Turn everything into cash and gold and stuff it in a swiss bank and live out of an atm machine.
The quickest way to regain one's youth is to lose the weight of possessions. I can't stop the world from becoming whatever it becomes. But if I can get my life portable enough to stuff into a small duffle bag, I will be free enough to travel wherever the winds take me. Living on a barge and drifting through Europe sounds like a doable life...room for a cat and a dog and a woman and a couple of bicycles, sneakers, jeans and khakis and tee shirts and a couple of sweaters and a sports jacket...a laptop and a pocket knife and a harmonica...and a couple of watches I love.
Yes....Sell Sell Sell! I'm starting to feel like Peter Finch in the movie "Network"...yes...Sell!
Physical things are just things. While I am a complete watch nut beyond any doubt, I really never had the collector bug. My watch collection maxed out at around 15 pieces. Then shrank to one - and grew to 12-13 and now back to 1-2 pieces.
I do help people finding rare watches on a professional basis, and this cures my need for the next great toy. After researching, finding and fiddling/verifying something rare or insanely expensive - I pass the watch on to its future owner - and thats good enough for me. Of course there are a couple of pieces I would love to own and wear - but being in the hobby for so many years, means that one develops very very expensive taste. I could never wear a 500-600-700k watch in real life.
Right now i'm very much in date-day mode - scans in a week or so.
I think after the insane hunt for cash and profit thru the 80's and 90's a big part of western society has halted due to the new harsh financial realities. Its more socially acceptable to say - well - i don't need a lot of stuff or physical representations of wealth. I know a lot of people who have stopped - and looked at their lives - and considered if working hard and playing hard is really what they want. Having fun and being frugal is all of the sudden more acceptable - without going totally hobo
ps. John, if you come to copenhagen, I have a couch you can sleep on for a week or two
...for me works having just 3-4 nice watches and whenever I lose excitement with one, it does not go into the safe but on the market. Some stay longer some only a few weeks, but I am permanently excited