It checks all the boxes, and yet…

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watchaholic wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 3:59 am My next purchase will have a real WOW factor, be something really special with a movement to match.
Oh, I get it. I was thinking something similar today as I looked at the CW website. The Aquitaine line is growing on me, and I found myself looking at the C65 SC and a white C63 GMT. Do I find myself wanting those watches? Yes. Do any of them hit me with the WOW factor? Not really. And that means to pass on them.
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jkbarnes wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 4:29 am
watchaholic wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 3:59 am My next purchase will have a real WOW factor, be something really special with a movement to match.
Oh, I get it. I was thinking something similar today as I looked at the CW website. The Aquitaine line is growing on me, and I found myself looking at the C65 SC and a white C63 GMT. Do I find myself wanting those watches? Yes. Do any of them hit me with the WOW factor? Not really. And that means to pass on them.
I was thinking about your watch story, Andrew, and I think that you have such a sentimental attachment to the the C65 your wife gave you, it is going to be very hard for you to eclipse that. Of course bestowing another watch with greater affection would only serve to create a feeling of guilt or something similar. Get your wife to buy you a Reverso then be done with this whole silly business of watch collection. :lol:

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strapline wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 9:10 am I was thinking about your watch story, Andrew, and I think that you have such a sentimental attachment to the the C65 your wife gave you, it is going to be very hard for you to eclipse that. Of course bestowing another watch with greater affection would only serve to create a feeling of guilt or something similar. Get your wife to buy you a Reverso then be done with this whole silly business of watch collection. :lol:

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You’re not wrong. Perhaps I’m focused on the wrong list of boxes to check? Instead of what I want in a diver, my list ought to be what I want in my next watch purchase:

🔲 Doesn’t compete visually and stylistically with my C65 TV

🔲 Commemorates a major event

🔲 Suitable WOW factor to warrant purchase…

🔲 …but not so much WOW factor as to eclipse the wedding watch

The reality is, the nature of my potential watch purchasing is constrained by the circumstances surrounding my first really nice watch, and I’m OK with that. This forum provides an excellent outlet for me to enjoy watches vicariously through the members! Everyone needs to realize I’ll talk a good talk about watches I’d love to get, but it will likely remain talk. Never say never though, as I surprised myself with the C65 AMGT LE!

Perhaps I should start a new thread - the SOTvC: the state of the virtual (or vicarious) collection. We can share a glimpse into the virtual watch box we’d all like to possess but don’t! What are we currently lusting after? What’s fallen out of favor on our wishlist? Why? How have our tastes and desires evolved? :lol:
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jkbarnes wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 11:45 am

🔲 Doesn’t compete visually and stylistically with my C65 TV

🔲 Commemorates a major event

🔲 Suitable WOW factor to warrant purchase…

🔲 …but not so much WOW factor as to eclipse the wedding watch
It’s an interesting list. Number four obviously doesn’t apply to me but I do have watches with significant personal baggage. Perhaps not so much commemorating a major event as commemorating a person.

As you know and have acknowledged, I have tried to focus on watches recently that don’t compete visually or stylistically with too much else in my collection. That has become really key for me. It possibly helps that I don’t like certain styles (divers, fliegers) and that chronographs have to some extent outlived their usefulness.

But the WOW factor is important. I will no longer buy a watch unless it has that in spades.
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