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This could be kind of fun:

We can post up any watch resolutions we have entering 2012, then come back entering 2013 to post up how we made out. :)

For me, I'd say my watch resolutions would be:

1 - find a new home for the collection - the drawer I currently use is full. I have already rearranged the collection once to make more space, and now find myself out of room. I'm thinking a desktop storage case, but really like the idea of these being out of sight, so we'll see. I may have to find a new drawer and line that one with felt.

Well, I got jiggy yesterday and moved the watches to a new home, so this one is sorted a smidge early:


2 - sell a few watches - I have some lower end units and a couple others I simply don't/won't wear. I need to get past the emotional attachments and sell these off for a few dollars. And I mean a few bucks, as the goal is clearance not profit.

3 - fewer watches purchased, keeping those either the higher-end brands I seek or boutique units which are limited editions.

4 - more straps - I've long suspected adding a few high quality straps to the collection might entice me to swap more and enjoy more of my watches more frequently. After my first full-on custom strap purchase this year, I'm beginning to see the strap-light. :) Its surprising just how much a fresh strap can change your experience with a watch.

That's about it from my end. Should be easy enough to manage, though I'm not sure if I can window shop more and buy less without suffering some form of withdrawal. I need to master this!

So...what do you all have to add to the pile?
 

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Your #2 resolution is my #1 plan.... although I say that every year. :001_rolleyes: Thing is, I do sell quite a few watches. The bad part is it's only done to fund others. :blush: Anyway, a group of Bulovas already went to our resident "specialist" on Etsy, and if they don't go over the winter she'll pack'em up and take'm to California with her. I just didn't have the time to list them nor the inclination so we made a sweetheart deal. Another select few are on consignment at Faber's Gallery also.

My other thought is similar to your #3 resolution, and typical of most of us: upgrade. Defiinitely want to hunt the white whales more often. 2011 was a career year for me.

The last thing I really need to remember is not to change just for the sake of change. It took me a long time to hunt many of these down and I gotta stop trading them like a kid swaps baseball cards. :blink::laugh: The collection is getting more & more keepers that have been around several years - which is an alien concept to a serial flipper. :lol:
 

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Hmmm.

Traded my first watch, ever, last week. I've given some as gifts, but don't seem to sell them.
They don't take up THAT much space in one of the gun safes...

I suppose my one goal would be being less impulsive on purchases. Have a problem with about zero discipline when it comes to something popping up that is appealing.

I am fortunate that to my wife, one watch looks like another (as one firearm, as one sword,...). Perhaps that is merely her coping mechanism.
I suppose I am grateful my expectations of self run towards "progress, not perfection".

Be well.
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Good idea for a thread, sportsguy.

Resolution 1. A cull. Thinning of the collection cull is well overdue. This includes a) two or three new watches that I never wear, b) low end vintages that I accumulated during my education about buying vintage watches, and c) four or five high-end good-condition vintages that I don't wear and no longer are close to my heart.

Resolution 2. Just like last year, a continued push towards better condition watches - not quality, but condition. I've got to learn to pass up appealing models in mediocre to shabby shape. I never get around to addressing their faults, and they never get worn. Add another category to add to the cull above. On the flip side, I have to increase my buying discipline to hold out (and preserve the watch kitty) for the best pieces when they turn up. If I think back to what I regret not getting this past year, I think of a pristine Enicar SherpaGraph with Gay Freres bracelet and box, an immaculate Minerva, an NOS Favre Leuba Deep Blue with box and papers.

Resolution 3. Increase my photography skills. I have to look into setting up a light box and learning how to use it.
 

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I'm always telling the newbies that learning is as important as collecting. I resolve to take my own advice and add more books about watches to the ol' home library.
 

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This is more of a hope than a resolution. As I have posted in the past I have a Franck Muller Casablanca that has been a constant problem since it was purchase new from an AD about six years ago. I have wanted to get rid of this watch for about 3 years now but I would never sell it on unless it had performed faultlessly for a full 12 months. We are now at the end of month 10 since it's last visit to the workshop and, fingers crossed it will be leaving me very soon:thumbup::thumbup:
 

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Buy no watches in 2012.
 

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1) Have a few of my vintage watches serviced.
2) Somehow manage to add an Omega piepan to my collection.
3) Add a blue dialed watch to the collection.
4) Possibly pick up another inexpensive watch
 

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I want to reach the 31 watches for 31 days level. Then I want to slow down. ( Yea right.):biggrin:
 

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1. Get all my nonrunners working, instead of sitting in pieces in pill organizers. At least clear out the backlog!

2. Get crystal tools and replace at least half the crystals on my round watches that so desperately need it.

3. Buy a ****load of straps and springbars. And crowns. And some new crystals. Maybe a redial or two.

4. Finally sell my first redundant watch.

5. Get into Elgin's 8/0 watches in a serious way.

6. Accomplish 1-5 and stay married.
 

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Buy a Rutledge

find a nice Minerva

look for a Zenith of some sort
 
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