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The 2022 Watch Purchasing Abstinence Club (WPAC).

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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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-googling- ah it's the finals today. :p
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Well there you go. My incoming arrived.

I've always fancied a moonphase, but not really fancied paying moonphase prices. This Sugess caught my eye (oooh sparkly). It came with a black and a blue strap, but very hard to tell the difference. This one is the blue strap. It uses a 59 tooth movement, so apparently it's off by a day after 2.5 years, as the lunar month is not exactly 29.5 days. Better movements get to to a day every 122 years, and someone made one that's accurate to millions of years, but its 145,000 euros. It looks good though!

this was the review I found
Sugess Moonphase FULL REVIEW - YouTube

Anyway, it's got a big date which uses a pusher for the quickset, and another pusher to advance the moon a day. Sparkly moon/bluestone dial, hard to catch in a still frame. Older versions noted that the moon mask was cut wrongly, and around the time of the new moon you could see both the old waning moon, and the new waxing moon, but this doesn't do that. There's a new moon on 23rd December, so it should disappear and reappear on 24th. Groovy. Perfect 41mm for me, Not so perfect 21mm lug width, but it came with 2 straps. Mesh might look nice with this. Hacking movement, and quite dressy, I think. Slightly thick at 14mm, but i'm not fussed. I would appreciate a bash, or a comment anyway.

And that's it. Early resolution of no purchases in 2023

pic in a sec, from my phone
That's a hell of a door post banger...
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.....you obviously didn't read the memo.
Let me paste the memo for public notice:

Your most exquisite equal said:
I would like to bring to your urgent attention that, as of today, the following potential watch buying occasions have been banned:
  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Valentine's Day
  • Easter
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Your birthday
  • Your birth year
  • Your marriage
  • Any anniversaries
Violation shall be punishable with one year in the Arctic re-education camp.
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I meant more banning the event itself, rather than the buying opportunity. The puritans banned Christmas and football once, didn't they.

12 NFL games on Christmas Eve, as Christmas is a Sunday this year.
That is what the memo says. The watch buying occasion is banned. Christmas is a potential watch buying occasion, ergo, Christmas is banned.
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I think I'm gonna promote you to Grand Inquisitor......


.....you'll get a shiny badge.
πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€βš–οΈ Grand Inquisitor Hard Love reporting for duty.
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I can imagine their conversation now: "Let me show you how long my wait list is..."
That's not long enough sir.... have you been hitting people from the list recently?
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So we can't burn people who participate in witchcraft watch buying?
witchcraft watchcraft, same thing..
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I just feel like with Europe's energy concerns, that this might be an unwise use of thermodynamic processes. Composting is much more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.
But we can generate energy with it! And the emissions of the burning are more than compensated by saving the emissions the human would otherwise have emitted in their remaining life time.
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That’s me in trouble then because I treat myself for Christmas. You’ll be telling me next that I’ve got to buy my own ticket to the arctic.
You can fund your ticket by selling watches. You can also walk / swim.
All of this personal history, is fantastic. It changes the WUS member from a 1D construct that likes watches to a real world person.....
Aww sh_.t, do I need to take off my Grand Inquisitor Hard Love mask now? :eek:
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Is this for real????

Oh I could have imagined myself doing this at some point πŸ˜‚ I made a point of having no duplicate colors, and each watch being unique or different in one way or another. Had this thread been posted 5 years ago, I'd definitely have taken the bait lol :p
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Just super organised...... 🀣
Super organized would mean cueed up, ready to be posted right before new year's eve. Not posted on Christmas Eve lol.

Anyway, merry Christmas every one! I'll head to the new thread and post my '23 sotc and intentions after Christmas.
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