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Do you "retire" watches or do you own "retired" watches?

  1. Mad Dog

    Mad Dog Married to MacGyverette! Dec 5, 2017

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    Do you "retire" watches or do you own "retired" watches?

    By "retire" or "retired", I mean watches that you no longer wear [or have never worn] but continue to own. They may be "retired" due to sentimental value and/or monetary value and further wear and/or possible damage is not desired.
     
  2. citizenrich

    citizenrich Metal Mixer! Dec 5, 2017

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    You mean like this?
     
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  3. Togri v. 2.0

    Togri v. 2.0 Dec 6, 2017

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    By that you mean "do people own watches that should be made available to others at great prices instead of just getting tucked away, since they are not getting worn anymore?"
     
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  4. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Dec 6, 2017

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    Well,

    WHAT'S IN THERE?!?!!

    If I'm gonna do this, then either I'm being too anal-compulsive and/or I'm paying too much for them...
     
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  5. SeanO

    SeanO Dec 6, 2017

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    everybody loves their watches and we all have sentimental reasons for hanging on to them.

    but unless it's a significant collectible or you have them in a rotation (limiting that wear and possible damage) then they really are doing nothing other than stinking up the nest.

    I've got about 30 that I haven't worn for at least 5 years and I s h o u l d move them on but I CBF with the effort of listing them somewhere (even here).

    and that doesn't include all of the "parts" corpses littering my watch locker.
     
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  6. Syrte

    Syrte Dec 6, 2017

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    I have one that is semi retired, my first issued watch, and I’m regularly pondering whether to keep it or sell it— but for me a watch must be worn, so I make an effort to wear it on occasion. I guess it looks quite nice, so well meaning pals are urging me to keep it.
     
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  7. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Dec 6, 2017

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    Have several retired due to just not having the opportunity to wear them where I live and have too many watches ::facepalm2::

    Do have some I got two years ago and haven't put a strap on yet or serviced as have too many watches ::facepalm2::

    Did find one this year that I forgot I had bought several years ago. One of a few that arrived whilst I was away with work and had a quick look when I got home and ended up in a draw that it shouldn't have been. ( you know that draw where placemats are that you never look below the top few placemats as its only got placemats in )
     
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  8. Edward53

    Edward53 Dec 6, 2017

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    This one:

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    It was my Dad's watch. He bought it in 1961 or 62 and had it serviced once, I think, a few years ago. It still keeps good time but I'll never wear it so I see no point in servicing it. I know I'd always regret selling it and so it lives in a box.
     
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  9. shaun hk

    shaun hk Fairy nuffer Dec 6, 2017

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    Bought this because it was red, in lovely condition and had a great caseback, bought a nice striped nato to go with it and have never worn it! Also can’t get round to putting it up for sale.

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  10. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Dec 6, 2017

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    Not so far ... everything I have was a carefully considered purchase ::facepalm1::. But that said, as soon as life stops coming at me like the business end of a firehose, I need to do a tutorial on Parcel Pro and cull the herd.
     
  11. Vercingetorix

    Vercingetorix Dec 6, 2017

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    I put mine out to stud.
     
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  12. watch3s

    watch3s Dec 6, 2017

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    i have a watch graveyard i suppose? its a watchbox for the old watches of my younger years which were mainly quartz pieces ive owned going back to when I was a teenager.
     
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  13. watch3s

    watch3s Dec 6, 2017

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  14. Mouse_at_Large

    Mouse_at_Large still immune to Speedmaster attraction Dec 6, 2017

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    I just realised I've filled my watchbox :eek:

    The oldest is the Swatch and the rest have built up over the last 2 1/2 years. The newest at bottom right arrived yesterday. they all get outings depending on mood/circumstances from family events (inherited Rolex) to rotation watches (currently SARB017/2255.80/Glycine Airman 18 and the new 2521.81) to holiday beaters (The Orient Mako/Seiko 5/Marathon) and the others when the mood takes me.

    Nothing actually retired as such, just some get more wrist time than others :cool:

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  15. Vitezi

    Vitezi Dec 6, 2017

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    I too have a semi-retired watch. It's one of the first vintage watches that I bought years ago when I was exploring what bumper automatics were all about, but it was before I fully understood what condition-condition-condition meant. I've had it serviced, and have tried hard to bond with it. But when I go rooting through my watch box, there's always another more interesting watch that catches my eye.
     
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  16. boltman

    boltman Dec 6, 2017

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    Bought a vintage Breitling and a vintage Omega Chronostop some years ago. With my limited knowledge I’m not even sure what I have with those two. As soon as I get enough posts maybe I will post them for sale and get educated and they will go to a proper home
     
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  17. Paulomega

    Paulomega Dec 6, 2017

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    Yes, correct, bingo, absolutely, afreed, ditto, sure, no question, just my 2 cents ;):thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::)
     
  18. ClarendonVintage

    ClarendonVintage Dec 6, 2017

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    It would have to be this vintage Tradition watch, I have purchased it few years back and it has always been sitting around. A very thin dressy piece

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  19. kyle L

    kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Dec 6, 2017

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    For me, it would be this Omega Marine. It wears a little small and is fragile, so it has been pretty much unworn since I got it a few years ago.

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  20. Waltesefalcon

    Waltesefalcon Dec 6, 2017

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    I have some retired pocket watch movements and cases that I keep for parts.
     
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