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  1. #51
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    The only watch I ever tried to flip was my TH Monaco and the offers I got from several dealers (for trade in) and sites like Gumtree, were appalling.

    Eventually I just decided to keep it and I'm saving for a Rolex instead of trading up.


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    Flipper. Perversely I like to buy watches but dislike having vast sums of cash tied up in them- especially if they don't really get worn much. Once an arbitrary amount is tied up in the watches I come out in hives and have to reduce the collection. I rarely sell cheaper watches though so perhaps I'm both!

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    I'm Half & Half.

    Some watches are keepers - as they were purchased to commemorate significant life events.
    (Oris TT1 : Hulk : Zenith EP 69 : IWC 3251 ... probably)

    Some were bought because I liked/justified them... at the time.
    (Breitling Aerospace Evo : B&M GMT : Bremont SuperMarine : Chronoswiss Pacific)

    The former are keepers.

    The latter are sometimes flipped ... it would seem quite regularly ... if we need any evidence

    At at the moment I'm at about 4/4 in each camp.

    So so maybe I'm just conflicted.

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    Keeper/hoarder/accumulator

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    A keeper until now.

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    I keep all of mine. I am old so I figure when I kick off I'll let the relatives decide which one they want. I have eight so there are enough to go around.

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    Seems a strange dichotomy to me. Surely many of us are both?

    I currently have 6 watches but have owned another 28 in the past. I'm aiming for quality over quantity but it's only by trying a large quantity of watches that I get to learn what qualities appeal to me most.

    So I flip and learn. Unfortunately there's one watch that I wish I hadn't flipped and it may haunt me for years to come....

  8. #58
    Trying to be more keeper than flipper these days.

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    Im sure most are a bit of both, I've got four that will never go, either because they have sentimental value or would be hard to replace. The rest I flip to try different options.

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    I've owned a fair few keepers. I don't have them anymore! They've had to go to fund the continuing journey obsession, otherwise I think the money tied up would have just got out of hand (by my comfort settings anyway).

    I'd like to think that most of what I have now will be staying the distance, but I can't be totally sure

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    I don't have many watches but try and keep them - each watch has sentimental value

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    I had the same quartz Omega Seamaster as an only watch for about 8 years or so, then when finances improved I started to build a collection of 5 watches or so. I now try to have a one in one out policy per year so I try to keep them for a minimum of 2-3 years, possibly put me down as a measured flipper. My longest at them moment I've had for 6 years but I rarely wear it and it;ll be gone by the end of the summer despite still liking it.

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    I've been on a journey of (self-) discovery where watches are concerned for about 12 years. In that time my preferences and aspirations have gradually evolved, and as a result quite a lot of watches have come and gone. I now have 14 watches of which more than half would be classified as keepers (I think!).

    A rough count suggests that I've bought around 50 watches over 12 years and sold about 36 - that means I've averaged 4 in and 3 out each year, although it tends to happen in spurts.

    Not sure what that makes me, to be honest...

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    Keeper. I have got rid of only one watch in about 18 years. I have still got the rest. I should add that I haven't bought a watch (for myself) in the last four or five years. I'm planning to keep it that way, but there are some tempting pics on here...


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    Both. I have a couple of keepers but also several others that come and go, it's been said my watch box has a revolving lid!
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    Used to be a keeper. When the collections hits above 60 pieces and less rotation, then have to flip some of it. Tough decision but that's reality

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    I'd say both too but tending towards flipper. Have a couple I'll never sell but I've flipped 30 or 40 watches while maintaining a small stable of 5 or 6 at any one time.

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    To discover which watches you truly want to keep, you have to flip a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    To discover which watches you truly want to keep, you have to flip a lot
    As with watches, as with women....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    To discover which watches you truly want to keep, you have to flip a lot
    My thoughts exactly.

    I guess I'm a flippin' keeper!
    Last edited by Rocket Man; 17th February 2017 at 19:59.

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    I think I'm a flipper - two watches have stayed consistently since I had then, sub and an Oris. Everything else: ML, Ingenieur, Great White, GMT, electric blue; bellmatic, aqua terra have all been flipped on here.

    For me it's because there are aspects of a certain watch that I like but then something niggles and then it has to go. For me Omega bracelets just never fit right, and the IWC, which was a really beauty, was just too deep.

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    Don't flip as I don't see the point but watches aren't my main hobby either. Couldn't be bothered to swap watches each week or whenever because winding and resetting are just a hassle to me.

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    I tell myself that I'm a flipper in order to justify buying a given watch that I like but can't really justify adding to those I've already got. Which I then keep. Making me a keeper.

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    A keeper, although my wife would describe it as hoarding... Sadly, most of mine are not mid-higher end, otherwise I'd be sitting on a fortune.

    I've been saying it for years, and I imagine I will still be saying it in years to come, but I must sell some of the collection!

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    Keeper....unless upgrading becomes cost conscious...plus I only buy new so don't realise the depreciation hit


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    I've never sold a watch I've purchased new (edit: Um, well, I have...), so I guess a keeper then. On the other hand I do have a watch or two which I've bought used just to see if I like them and they are quite likely to be flipped at some point.

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    I have a core collection that I will never sell which puts me in the keeper category but then 40% of my collection I would earmark as possible flippers to fund new purchases so class myself as on the fence I suppose

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    Like most, I have a few keepers that I will not sell. These are keepers for sentimental reasons or because they are all-time favourites. I also have a few that I would be happy to let go to try something new.

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    I'm definitely more of a keeper.

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