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Been on wagon in 2021 and trend will continue. Happy with collection and ran out of dopamine buying and selling watches. One in/one out last year...
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To me, this is the greatest strength of WPAC: discussing our hopes and our fears with others as we struggle to break free of the whirlpool of watch researching, buying, wearing, falling out of love, and flipping -- all to be repeated over and over again.

Zero need to apologize. This is why we're here.
Having followed this thread a few years it does have seasonal moods.
 

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Curious to understand, for you, how that enjoyment manifests itself?


....from a personal perspective, I'm not at all sure that watches bring a huge amount of enjoyment to my life. More of an unhealthy obsession. I'd say that there have been some watches that have delighted me for a while (honeymoon period....) but then it's just a tool to wear.
Watch buying used to bring to to the brink of ejaculation until I acquired watch ED. 馃槒
 

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I got issues with Teddy. He's hawking watches off his website, so I don't trust that reviews of the brands he sells are anything but shilling to the masses.

Some of the other ones he does, are simply pandering to the wealthy. And then there's his "look at my pretty girlfriend" vids.

But what really stuck in my craw was when he dissed a Vostok Komandirskie. Unforgivable. He is dead to me.
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One Month on the Wrist, pt. 5
Been slow at posting this one as I've mostly been staying away from WUS the past month and from this thread in particular.
I joined the 2021WPAC out of interest as opposed to any kind of need. It was fun to read such a diverse range of topics, post a few watches that have been bashed and take part in a few discussions. But, I must say that I've also been surprised by just how devoted / addicted some members are to buying and selling and feel like something of an imposter or maybe a rubber-necker.
I simply don't have any real desire to own another watch and certainly have no problem resisting temptation when I go and try something I find I like (recently an Oris BC burgundy). Having no clue/confidence how to sell any watch I own no doubt helps me resist buying a new one, but also I just like the ones I own too much to deny them wrist time (a bit of a cliche, I know).
So, I feel a tad out of place posting this, but as my previous posts have been taken in good nature, it would be a shame to leave out my Oyster Perpetual. View attachment 16358895

The 34mm size comes as a bit a shock at first and it takes me 3-4 days to accept the size, but as expected, over time it becomes normal. And it genuinely does wear larger (I tried a 36mm Oris BC and it felt dainty vs the OP).
It's less than 18months old and runs both precise and accurate, so no issues there. Legible, feels solid, great bracelet etc. I think what appeals to me most about this watch, after a month, was how natural it became to wear. It felt "right" on me somehow. Unobtrusive, subtle, restrained - something like that.
I'm wearing a Rolex but I'm not declaring it.
The simple elegance of it appealed to me, even as I wore it out hiking or on a construction site. And of course it looked very at home for the nights out when I suited up over Xmas and NY.
Negatives? Okay, on occasion. I did wish it had a bit more oomph on the wrist. And I must confess that at the back of my mind, the northern England working class bloke in me still has conflict over wearing something so expensive. But it is a superb watch and 99% of the time, I'm delighted I own it.
Anyway, I'm taking a break from 1 watch per month. I have just one watch left anyway, but at the start of January my GS was calling me and I have a rubber strap to put on my Orient at some point this month too, so I'll maybe finish off in February.
Thanks for reading and a Happy New Year to all.
馃憤 my 36mm OP!
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The hesitation is there because I'm very aware of the mistakes I've made in the past and I do not want to repeat them. I'm stuck between two uncomfortable truths; most affordables aren't up to scratch for me and the higher end stuff if a little uncomfortably expensive for me. I think that I'm probably slightly jaded with watches, hence not actually having one to wear is not that awful.......
Thought you and the Tudor would be love forever after so I was surprised by the revelation and discomfort it caused you. My takeaway was you are the governor of your limits and actions and as such you have the power to recalibrate your decisions.
 

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Already been returned and refunded Rusty......
The reason I gave eBay the cold shoulder. Buyer-centric authoritarian company from last century. And I wrote one of the first best sellers about eBay.
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Wise move I just had the same - and relisted and sold again. Life鈥檚 too short and all that. While since I popped a random watch p0rn shot on the thread. So here is one
My poor man's Tudor. Love it!
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Yeah, I'm not a fan of selling generally but tbh my experience to date with eBay hasn't been bad, but I suppose I've been lucky. Also with my recent example it's the buyer that is an A hole....

.....but I've read plenty of horror stories.
I've had good fortune selling on WUS and find the playing field far more level. That's before factoring in eBay's fee, vs. WUS's zero fee. eBay's fee can weigh heavily on loss~profitability. I also feel eBay loads the dice in favor of the buyer. Never sold watch on Reddit but some friends have had great success selling there, too.
 

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I'd demote Rolex to Luxury, and either way, Damasko and Sinn should be in the same category.

Paid on invoices for the Traska Commuters I pre-ordered. I've already lined up a sale for one of them - mint green will be sold, woodland green will stick around. Local-ish sale, and we're talking about meeting for an in-person exchange.

We had to put our cat down last night due to medical issues. Really puts things in perspective - I'd have traded my whole collection for a bit more time.with him. He's shown up here in WRUW threads a few times...

RIP Johnny Hotcakes

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Well you see I think it does. We have a world growth machine. Stop flying around the world, and poverty beckons for millions who depend on travel and tourism. Stop flying food around the world, and only eat what we grow in our own country, and so on. The world depends on consumption, and on people borrowing money they don't have, to fund that consumption. The whole thing is inter-related. Sport, entertainment, TV. Cut that out and there's millions more out of work, and no taxation to pay for heath and welfare, and pensions.

At the moment they are planning to get rid of oil powered transport. It's inconceivable what the end result of that will be. We just can't sustain a system where family units have to rely on public transport, and the absence of affordable transport for all should be terrifying to consider. EVs are just not affordable for the poor. It's definitely back to the future.
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Culling Part Deux
 

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Colour me sick of it as well, just when it feels like the pandemic is seemingly tailing off a psychotic despot decides WW3 would be a good idea.....
Covid isolation has contributed to Putin going mad. Ukraine is not and never was a member of NATO.
 

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Culling Part Deux
Hi. Hope all is well! Took awhile but Seiko SARX075/SPB165 SOLD. Taking Sinn 104 off market. Can't get my price, admire too much. Remember, less IS more!
 

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Bought my first watch in over a year or two. Sold my Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Shironeri (SARX075), as mentioned, so it's one in/one out. Bought a Steinhart Ocean 39 Black Ceramic Premium with 904L Steel, my fifth Steinhart 39mm. You might say it's a cross between a Rolex Explorer and Sub, but to me it's more reminiscent of a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique and Glashutte Original SeaQ. The indices seem perfectly balanced, the Arabic numerals are exquisite, and the 904 L steel is subtly finer than 316L. I also like the lack of a crown guard on the case and date. In summary, I wouldn't call it a homage, it's a Steinhart original. FWIW, the Seiko held its value, lost under 20%. Nice watch but very boring.
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The problem though, with sub homages is finding a good one. By that I'm talking relatively inexpensive, e.g. affordables range, and good quality. Steinhart are an obvious one, but they get the case shape so badly wrong and not just in terms of homaging the sub, it's just ugly. There are others, but in my opinion there aren't many good ones......
I <3 Steinhart, five in my rotation. Their 39mm case fits my wrist like a glove.
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