Spend enough time accumulating watches, and you eventually experience some dramatic changes in what accounts for the makeup of a collection. Everyone has a journey in this hobby, and over time it’s totally normal to experience a watch box that shifts in a clear way from one thing to another. Whether it’s vintage to modern, sports watches to dress watches, small to large, or any combination or variation on these themes and others, a collection will usually naturally cohere to a particular taste and sensibility, but it’s a mere snapshot in time for those of us in this for the long haul.
But sometimes, there’s an outlier, or more accurately, a leftover. A watch that has survived multiple purges, and becomes a keeper almost by default. This is a watch that hangs around, is representative of a particular time in your collecting life that has almost certainly passed, but you hang on to it. Maybe it’s sentimental – it reminds you of a stage in your life that you want to remember. Or it could be that you genuinely like the watch and can’t bear to part with it, even if you have to begrudgingly admit that it no longer fits into your lifestyle. Or maybe it’s so weird that nobody else in their right mind would even want the thing. It’s not exactly the book George brings into the bathroom in that famous episode of Seinfeld, but let’s just say it would be tough to find the right buyer. More likely, it’s a combination of all these things.