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Just out of curiosity, what's everyone's annual budget for G Shocks or watches in general?

Because I was just doing a bit of maths with my bank balance, and after adding up all my purchases, I couldn't really believe what I've spent on watches this year... As I think I've picked up over 50 watches this calendar year, including the MRG-G2000HT, GW-5030T, GWF-T1030, DW-5635-9 and a bunch of vintages.

Kinda feeling the buyer's remorse right about now...
 

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I don't really have a set watch budget, but I lightened up on my purchases this year. I think I only bought a few G-Shocks: a GD-350-1C, DW-6900BB-1 and DW-6900LU-8.

I probably have enough watches. Today I set 26 non-atomic watches back to standard time. Hopefully my 9 atomic watches will set themselves over night.
 

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I don't have solid number but I try not to have too many watches. I feel buyer remorse when I have too many or buying one that I don't really in love with or disappointed with the watch in certain way. When it happen, I let that particular one go.

When I was into mechanical timepieces, I limited myself to 10 at a time. Now i put those mechanical guys in the safe and reset my count as most of the time I only wear casio. I try to stick to the same rule but only 2 empty slots available after that "one in, one out"
 

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I do not have an estimated budget for watches. I did not buy many this year, even though nice editions came out. It was just too much for me ....... and again too few with the features that I imagine. It may be that I'm still one or two bumping but at the moment I'm quite happy with what I have. :)
 

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I only budget life's necessities, including retirement, after that it's money to burn. Life's short so burn baby, burn!
 

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I've done well flipping watches this year. Get to try them out in person then make a few quid to fund the 'must haves'.
Finding great deals is as good a buzz as finding the rare models.
 

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For me there is n real budget. However, I have been limiting myself lately to about on a year. I will also add that I just can't see going much over 1,000 USD.

I don't sell much for a couple of reasons. The first is just the hassle of selling. I have a lot of concern that I might somehow inadvertently misrepresent something and create a disappointment in the buyer. I also have some concern for, "sellers remorse." People who sell know what I am talking about.

I would definitely regret these if I were to sell them. However, they get very little use, simply because I am not wearing my mechanical watches much anymore, and I really don't know why I am not wearing the Tag much, other than it really eats batteries; so it is seldom ready to wear. I have had it relumed since I took this picture. Of these two, I would miss the Glycine more than the Tag.

All that being said, I have sold off nearly all of a certain class of watches. You will just have to take my word for it, they were very aware of what I was selling. They were sold on forums that cater to those types of watches. Of that type, I have only kept two. One because it never kept good time and I could not, in good conscious, sell it to someone. Then there is one other that I simply like, I had written why I like it; but it comes down to the simple fact that I like it. However the rest of those, and there were never many, they are nearly all gone. Enough about those watches.

For a while I was into Citizen, However, I hesitate to sell them because either they are something I really like, like the old style Blue Angel and my dress watch. I also have some that remind me of the women my life when I purchased the watch. Yes, I have one Citizen that I would sell; but that takes me back to the issues of hassle and my fear of disappointing the buyer.

A couple of these, the ones on the two ends, remind me of a couple of people that were a special part of my life. The second one from the left is the only one that I would never notice if it were to go away.

I did have a watch that I remember getting rid of. It was a very low end quartz GMT of of a unique design, it even had a correct jumping hour hand, I just never liked it. I just gave it away to someone who liked it.

There is nothing really wrong with this one, I just never liked it.

I have a couple that are on the way out. I took them out of my watch box and returned them to their original boxes. I keep planning to sell them, it is just the hassle of selling that interferes with that plan. Right now they are at my house in Salt Lake, close to a thousand miles from where I am working.

These two are out of rotation; but I never feel like spending the energy to get rid of them. And yes, I know that the Frédérique Constant is, also technically, a Citizen. I think the place that the FC would take in a collection is taken by the small citizen.

On to Gs'. The Riseman was purchased, and used for, a solo bike tour in China. It was my first G Shock. As you can see, it was purchased in 2013.



Since then I added some others; but if you count, you will see about one per year. I really like the GW-A1100; but it is more of a weekend watch, even though I am wearing the Rangeman right now. The Gw-25oo was my go to work watch for a couple of years. Then I saw the GR-B100 last month and it was an immediate, "want."

Wearing this one right now.


The most recent addition.

Of course, I also purchased this one this year, however it is used; so it doesn't count , right?;-)

I don't have any good pictures of it because it is on the slowest of all boats from Japan.

The main thing that I think is going to eventually remove the GR-B100 from steady use is that I like bracelets. I suspect that next year, sticking to the one per year, it will probably be replaced by an MTG B-1000 on a bracelet. I am trying to decide of I like the Black or the Steel better. I the black were red, instead of Blue, it wouldn't even be a decision, the Black & Red would be it.

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This is waiting for next year because I am sticking to one per year.

So, this has been a long winded way of saying, about one per year.
 

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I bought two G-Shocks this year: a GW-9400 and a GG-1000. The Mudmaster Junior was returned because I found it to be just a little too large for my wrist, even though I liked it very much. That's pretty restrained, I think. Unfortunately, there were 14 other watches purchased and that got a little spendy. On the good side, I've seriously downsized my overall collection and sold off or gave away 27 watches. Net to me: 11 less watches since the beginning of the year. I'm down to a total of five G-Shock/Pro-Treks.

To answer the question of the OP, I don't have any any specific watch budget. Being retired I can pretty much spend whatever I want on watches but my focus is getting my collection to the point where I'm completely happy with what I have and don't see the need for any update. In the Casio segment, I'm very satisfied that I have what I need and while every once in a while I see something interesting, I am ruthless in evaluating whether it would be truly worn or better than what I already have. Most of the time, the answer is no.

Chris "Doc" Vail of NTH Watches posted an interesting and humorous graph he made of how the average watch enthusiast behaves, in his observation. I think it applies to us G-Shock Nerds pretty well. Republished here with respect to fair use. I'm definitely on the right side of the curve now, after having gone though an insane purchasing binge over the past couple of years. One in, one out is how I debate a new acquisition.

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"3x3 Challenge" refers to a thread Doc started in Jan 2013 that asked WUS what 3 watches they would buy for $300 each (new price) that they could live with forever.
 

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ive always been pretty good with money, growing up poor with very budget conscious parents helped alot with that (still feel guilty sometimes if im a little frivolous with spending, not so much the amount spent but the value ratio of what im actually paying for). generally i save wherever and whenever i can, if a grocery item isnt on special, unless its a staple, i'll just wait for it to go on sale or i shop around as much as i can. doing that means every cent i save can go towards fun things like, watches, sneakers or mid week piss ups in another city :p haha i also work two jobs, so if i'm getting in a little extra cash on my side business, im more likely to consult my wishlists/watched items ;)

in general tho, i feel it would be pretty hard to allocate a budget, some years there might be a bunch of great releases, others not. some times you come aross great used deals, other times you feel like no one wants to sell anything decent.

i think, just like dieting, the key is moderation. dont restrict yourself so you dont have cravings to go nuts, but also know when to dial it back and check yourself |>

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To answer the question of the OP, I don't have any any specific watch budget. Being retired I can pretty much spend whatever I want on watches but my focus is getting my collection to the point where I'm completely happy with what I have and don't see the need for any update. In the Casio segment, I'm very satisfied that I have what I need and while every once in a while I see something interesting, I am ruthless in evaluating whether it would be truly worn or better than what I already have. Most of the time, the answer is no.

Chris "Doc" Vail of NTH Watches posted an interesting and humorous graph he made of how the average watch enthusiast behaves, in his observation. I think it applies to us G-Shock Nerds pretty well. Republished here with respect to fair use. I'm definitely on the right side of the curve now, after having gone though an insane purchasing binge over the past couple of years. One in, one out is how I debate a new acquisition.

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"3x3 Challenge" refers to a thread Doc started in Jan 2013 that asked WUS what 3 watches they would buy for $300 each (new price) that they could live with forever.
being a collector that wants to play with all the toys, not own all of them, this sums me up perfectly! once youve owned a fair chunk of different model varieties over many years two things start to happen 1. you really start to like what you like, even if you have a pretty broad taste, theres styles that you gravitate towards 2. it becomes alot harder to justify a purchase or for a model to earn a seat at your collection table.
once upon a time i could find the good in any new model simply to justify the purchase but now i find im spending alot more time picking them apart to hinder a swollen collection lol more power to those that have reached this point far earlier in their collecting careers lol |>
 

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I found out that I enjoy the chase immensely, so impulse buys are rare for any kind of product. I follow this forum, read reviews, use my watches to see what could be the next addition. Then I research the actual target, consider it, look for a source and savour the hunt. By the time I'd actually pull the trigger I often move on or simply find some flaw during the research.

That said I don't have any kind of budget or restriction (like no watches above n$ or one watch per year), only one: no more than 6 watches at the same time. I never even had 6, if I cease to wear or like a watch, then I sell it.
 
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Some times I buy and sell like crazy. Then I won’t buy or sell anything for months. It all depends on when I have money I’m comfortable spending. I wouldnt be able to start to guess what I’ve spent this year. It’s not much though.
 

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Some times I buy and sell like crazy. Then I won’t buy or sell anything for months. It all depends on when I have money in comfortable spending. I wouldnt be able to start to guess what I’ve spent this year. It’s not much though.
 

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...once you've owned a fair chunk of different model varieties over many years two things start to happen 1. you really start to like what you like, even if you have a pretty broad taste, there's styles that you gravitate towards 2. it becomes a lot harder to justify a purchase or for a model to earn a seat at your collection table.
There is a lot of acquired wisdom in these words. Part of the watch obsession journey is understanding exactly what your tastes are. I found that getting swayed by opinions on WUS and other fora fueled my curiosity to the point that I had to try everything out. I went through all the Seiko affordable divers, from the SXK through the Tuna, convinced that Seiko had the magic answer. The only Seiko that's left now in my collection is the first diver I ever bought, an Orange Monster. The same with Casio. I felt I had to personally experience everything from the basic square up to the Mudmaster. From that buying spree I learned a few things about me and my approach to G-Shocks:

1. Negative displays really do suck
2. The ginormous Mudmaster, Gulfmaster, and Frogman series watches are too big (for me!)
3. Pro-Treks are just as tough as a G-Shock and are often overlooked and undervalued
4. The 5000/5600 series of square G-Shocks are very versatile watches. I never liked the form factor until I actually owned one (GW-M5610)
5. Atomic and solar are two desirable features that make a G-Shock a delightfully effortless watch to own. My automatics are always dead and on the wrong date when I'm in a hurry to get out of the house. My Gs never let me down
6. Resisting the desire to have multiple bright colorful Gs is a good idea. You think they would be fun to wear but in reality they tend to sit in the watch box, gathering dust
7. Snobbery exists at all levels of watch collecting, and it's best to ultimately decide what works for you and you only
 

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Depends on whom you asked ...

For me, "not enough"

For my wife, "already too much"

I don't really set a budget. I called it "self regulating responsible spending". Watch (toy) budget comes after all the lien holders ... taxes, cars, house, insurance, utilities, savings, wife, kids, craps that break, alcohol, girlfriends ... :)

 

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Depends on whom you asked ...

For me, "not enough"

For my wife, "already too much"

I don't really set a budget. I called it "self regulating responsible spending". Watch (toy) budget comes after all the lien holders ... taxes, cars, house, insurance, utilities, savings, wife, kids, craps that break, alcohol, girlfriends ... :)

Wife before girlfriends, that's all that matters

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The love of watches is a new discovery for me and I don't really have a budget for watches as such. I do however have only a certain amount of income that's disposable. What I choose to dispose it on is up for consideration.

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I love the hunt. I may love a watch, but it has to be at the right price. Unless it's a limited edition, and even then I may get a deal.

To me this is where the fun is. Anyone can go and buy a G at retail or above. But finding that gem that pops up that just needs a touch of TLC on the cheap and that watch is more special.

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