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The 2022 Watch Purchasing Abstinence Club (WPAC).

Welcome to the 2022 Watch Purchasing Abstinence Club, otherwise known as WPAC. This is the 6th year of WPAC, which was started at the beginning of 2017 to try and get myself and some other addicts out of a crazy buying/flipping cycle with watches, we were buying for the sake of it rather than for the appreciation of the watch itself, constantly chasing the next, new shiny watch or searching endlessly, fixated on some watch; generally, IMHO, a rather unhealthy behaviour.

So, what is the point of WPAC? Well, the aim is to abstain from purchasing watches. But that's a bit blunt really, the abstinence is a tool or a method to break the cycle of buying/flipping and become a discerning consumer of horology. Learning to appreciate what you have, understand what works for you with watches and think rationally about purchases, rather than emotionally. Or the ethos of less is more, as some have suggested the philosophy is here. Yes we still love watches, but as we all know we can be weak, so WPAC is a place to get help; here you can take solace from like minded people and get support and encouragement to stop impulse buying.

With those that stick around and make some commitment WPAC has been successful; for me it's certainly helped me break the buy/flip cycle and stop obsessing, so maybe it can help you.

In previous years we've had some rules, but this year there aren't going to be, there seems little point when we all have subtly (sometimes massively) different goals. If you are in serious horological trouble with buying then look back at the OP in previous WPAC threads, the rules should be a useful starting point if you want to get things under control or just shout out here to get some advice, it's what we're good at. Think of it like a clubhouse or a WUS subforum dedicated to being friendly, chatting about everything and anything and where you can find like minded watch fans.

Having said that, there is one rule I'd like everyone to adhere to; first post should be an intro with a SOTC picture (include everything, don't cheat) and some goals/aims for 2022. Whether you want to abstain completely, want to save for a special watch, just need to take control, slow things down or whatever, we'll be happy to have everyone. Just as long as you're clear on what your aims are.

Please participate in the thread, it's what makes it what it is. Any reasonable topic of conversation is acceptable and in fact welcomed.

Bashing of any potential purchases should still be a mandatory element, but let's keep it funny. Nuclear level bashing is required for any actual purchases.
Expect to be challenged by others if you're suggesting a purchase, whatever your personal goals/aims and expect to need to defend yourself.

.....and one last thing, we do occasionally get some trolls visiting, let's agree to not feed them.

Edit - clarification on enabling: this is a difficult one to deal with as WPAC has evolved such that we discuss watches, post pictures, etc., previously we tried not doing that but it didn't really work and as well despite the temptation provided by this individuals need to develop the control to not be tempted every 5 minutes by something. However, this year we seem to have a mixture of regulars and new participants, and some the latter are wanting to abstain. Hence please don't directly enable by suggesting watches......
 

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OK, so my first post is a SOTC and setting out my aims/goals for 2022. SOTC is as follows:
  • Eterna dress watch
  • Helson shark diver 38mm Titanium
  • Tissot Heritage banana
  • Squale 30 Atmos 40mm GMT Pepsi
Unfortunately I can't do a "family" pic as they are all. Currently boxed up as they are all for sale, apart from the Eterna. None are being worn currently. Fitbit is currently doing duty on the wrist......

Odd situation for me to be in really, not having a watch to wear, and as well, as much as I like my Fitbit, I miss wearing a mechanical, proper watch. I've always worn one and it feels odd to not be wearing one. Having said that, it has been liberating to not have a watch to wear and the longer I go without one the less strange it is.......

So my intentions for 2022 is to buy a Tudor black bay 58 and I'll be generating the majority of the funds from sales of the watches mentioned above (and the ones I've sold already). This will be the only purchase of 2022, there will be no other watches in my collection. The Fitbit will act as a beater if required and the Tudor will be the daily watch, in fact the watch for everything. And that's it.

There's been the mental roadblock with the Tudor, as discussed ad nauseam on here and whilst I've been back and forth on this in my head it'll always be a mental struggle. I'm currently happy justifying it via the fact that I'll generate the majority of the funds from watch sales. And that buying (and keeping this watch….) this watch will satisfy me and I'll have a keeper…..

.......however, the BB58 isn't a done deal. I'm still not a 100% sold on needing it and in no hurry to buy. So I'll see how it goes.

I think that I'll spend less time generally on WUS, apart from WPAC, and watch sites.
 

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OK, like my Fitbit, I miss wearing a mechanical, proper watch. I've always worn one and it feels odd to not be wearing one. Having said that, it has been liberating to not have a watch to wear and the longer I go without one the less strange it is.......

So my intentions for 2022 is to buy a Tudor black bay 58 and I'll be generating the majority of the funds from sales of the watches mentioned above (and the ones I've sold already). This will be the only purchase of 2022, there will be no other watches in my collection. The Fitbit will act as a beater if required and the Tudor will be the daily watch, in fact the watch for everything. And that's it.

There's been the mental roadblock with the Tudor, as discussed ad nauseam on here and whilst I've been back and forth on this in my head it'll always be a mental struggle. I'm currently happy justifying it via the fact that I'll generate the majority of the funds from watch sales. And that buying (and keeping this watch….) this watch will satisfy me and I'll have a keeper…..

.......however, the BB58 isn't a done deal. I'm still not a 100% sold on needing it and in no hurry to buy. So I'll see how it goes.

I think that I'll spend less time generally on WUS, apart from WPAC, and watch sites.

I remember you sold your pelagos at one point, what will the bb58 do that your last tudor didnt?

Selling your entire collection is brave, good luck! :cool:
 

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I remember you sold your pelagos at one point, what will the bb58 do that your last tudor didnt?

Selling your entire collection is brave, good luck! :cool:
Bloody stalkers keeping track of your every move....... :ROFLMAO:

....always selling for the wrong reason in the past, should have kept the Pelagos (or the previous BB58 I had.....) and not got distracted or waylaid by things. This is a thing of WPAC historical record......
 

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At the end of 2021, my collection divides into three groups.

Retired and Semi-Retired
Brown Rectangle Wood Material property Box


Perfectly Cromulent
Watch Analog watch Light Product Clock


Homemade
Watch Brown Analog watch Photograph Light


What Happened During 2021

For Christmas 2020, a friend gave me a set of tools and told me to go build some watches. I gave some to family and friends, keeping the ten shown above.

Goals for 2022

Five homemade pairs are more than enough, so I'm done making watches for myself. I may assemble a few more to give as gifts. I might modify a watch every once in a while, but only when it needs maintenance for other reasons. Wearing and learning to maintain the ones I've put together will be enough of a hobby.

I hope to sell one or two watches, but I like to hang onto watches I associate with eras and events of my life.
 

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This was the SOTC in January of 2021
Watch Analog watch Light Clock Wood


This is the SOTC in January 2022
Watch Watch accessory Clock Rectangle Gadget


Everything else is sold with a few flippers yet to be listed. In a little bit of a weird place, tbh. In the 20+ years prior to COVID I traveled 125 nights/year for work, in the last 2 years I’ve not been out 25 nights total. I’m sure that has a lot to do with the waning interest in watches and I’ve worn my G Shock 90% of the time.

I have some probable purchases for 2022 but I’m having a hard time getting excited about doing anything. I did buy a Titanium bezel/bracelet for a G Shock mod that was delivered today and I may buy a GW5000 to complete the mod.

Another potential purchase is a 3861 Hesalite Speedmaster. If that happens I will reassess and decide what’s next, if anything. I still enjoy the hobby and I’m hopeful for a new release to spark my interest as there’s not much out there I really want to own.

Good luck to everyone and hope you meet your WPAC goals in 2022.
 

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Why do you think the Sinn has failed to make the grade?
I like it, but don’t love it. A couple of reasons: 1. It’s a little too small for my 7-1/4 inch (185 mm) wrist. 2. It competes with my other black and white watches (Speedmaster, Planet Ocean) for wrist time.

For the past two years, I have been ruthlessly paring down my collection to contain only watches that completely delight me in their respective slots. The Sinn is a very nice watch, but it doesn’t stir my loins the way other watches in my collection do.
 

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Hello all. I cannot say how often I will or will not post. My current collection:
1. Citizen BN0211
2. Casio AE1500 that my son just gave me for Christmas.

Retired:
Citizen AE7031 that was dad's.

To go:
Casio AE1200, WV200, SGW100
Timex Expedition digital

My goal is to complete my DW5600 build that I've been working on (if anyone has a 3229 module that they don't need...) Otherwise I am not buying anything unless I can get a genuine Rolex Explorer 214270 for $100 or less.

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Grüetzi everyone and hello from Switzerland! 😎
SOTC in 2019: Tag Heuer Calibre 1 Limited, Baume et Mercier Clifton Club, Apple Watch 4
SOTC end 2021: 3 Omegas, Apple Watch 4
Watch Analog watch Photograph White Light


However, I have decided to upgrade my first Omega (Seamaster 300 MC Titanium) to the new Seamaster 300 (black dial), and I have already placed the order with someone who can get this watch for me with a good discount. The new version will arrive in January, and then I will let go the older version (95% probability).

Goals for 2022 besides this exchange:
  • Spend less time on WUS, but increase the quality of my contributions
  • No more watches, and be happy with my 3 watches and various straps

Happy new year, Guys and many blessings for 2022! 🙏🏻
 

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I like it, but don’t love it. A couple of reasons: 1. It’s a little too small for my 7-1/4 inch (185 mm) wrist. 2. It competes with my other black and white watches (Speedmaster, Planet Ocean) for wrist time.
Interesting, from my perspective it doesn't look too small (slim bezel) or as if it competes with any of your other watches. But my perspective is irrelevant here. I thought you were going to say, 'hard to read'.

For the past two years, I have been ruthlessly paring down my collection to contain only watches that completely delight me in their respective slots. The Sinn is a very nice watch, but it doesn’t stir my loins the way other watches in my collection do.
Me too. But trying to come up with a rational rule as to what we will form an irrational attachment to, is clearly impossible. So once we have ruled out what we definitely won't like, trial and error is the only way forward. And errors can be expensive.
 

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Grüetzi everyone and hello from Switzerland!
SOTC in 2019: Tag Heuer Calibre 1 Limited, Baume et Mercier Clifton Club, Apple Watch 4
SOTC end 2021: 3 Omegas, Apple Watch 4
View attachment 16330384

However, I have decided to upgrade my first Omega (Seamaster 300 MC Titanium) to the new Seamaster 300 (black dial), and I have already placed the order with someone who can get this watch for me with a good discount. The new version will arrive in January, and then I will let go the older version (95% probability).

Goals for 2022 besides this exchange:
  • Spend less time on WUS, but increase the quality of my contributions
  • No more watches, and be happy with my 3 watches and various straps

Happy new year, Guys and many blessings for 2022!
I love your collection! It reminds me of mine.

Isnt going from a titanium seamaster to a steel seamaster a downgrade and not a upgrade? Even if the other is newer... I was really close to buying that model in the past, so i have a soft spot for it.

Your collection is exactly what i would have had if i was making more money 4 years ago

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