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    TZUK Watch Purchase Abstinence Club, 2024

    As we approach the end of 2023, I'm forming my intentions for 2024.

    I joined this forum 10 years ago, looking for some advice on buying a 'proper watch.' My first purchase was one of Eddie's finest, a Speedbird II. Over the past 10 years I have bought, tried and sold exactly 75 watches.

    I currently have 11, with another on the way (purchased this year but it will arrive in 24) and two more up for sale.

    I think I've ended up with some great watches that suit me and my lifestyle. To find your princess you have to kiss a few frogs. Some I have loved, lost and think about from time to time but I'm pretty happy with my current collection.

    I'm still tempted to buy 'just one more watch' - maybe going full circle and getting something else from Timefactors, like a Smiths Military or a Speedbird III.

    However my intention is not to buy anything in 2024. I have unsubscribed from all watch sales newsletters. I will try not to browse Sales Corner.

    Is anyone else intending to join the abstinence club in 2024?
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    Sign me up to Rocket Man!

    Have a wonderful Xmas and wallet friendly 2024


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    Sign me up, too, please - I still have far too many watches that haven't seen a wrist in over a year, and so need rehoming.

    It helps that there's nothing on my radar since even my favourite mid-price brands have lifted their prices so high they're no longer good value.

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    Yep, sign me up.

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    I've come to realise that I have spent far to much time and money on watches over the years so I'm in.

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    I've a wedding to pay for, safe to say i'm in!

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    Calling SteveDSSD... SteveDSSD to the thread!

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    Iím doing better than that - Iíll be getting rid of pretty much everything Iíve got.
    Fallen a little out of love with watches and since buying an Apple Watch, I rarely wear anything else.

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    Yep, I'm done for 2024

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    A tentative I'm in.

    There is one watch that if it appears at the right price/time I may cave in for.

    Other than that I'm done .....I think.

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    Canít commit to abstinence but I will end 2024 with less watches than I have right now. Right direction.

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    Iím going to try in 2024,been clearing the decks so I donít leave a lot of junk for my family to get rid of when I pop me clogs.Currnntly down to two watches ,plan to keep it that way.

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    I don't want to commit to abstinence but I will commit to just buying one watch in 2014. I'm 50 next year so I may push the boat out a little depending on how a couple of business things go down during the year.

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    Itís my 50th in 2024Ö so all I can say is that I will try to end the year with less watches than I started with, but I do expect to have 1 arrive for my 50th.
    I attempted to be good in 2023.. reduced down to just 5 in the first 4 months.. all was going well, but I have gone up to 9 now.

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    I also joined here looking for advice, and because I’d recently bought my first Timefactors watch - an Everest Jubillee, which I still have along with 6 other of Eddie’s specials. This set me on a journey or buying watch after watch, but where I’ve gone wrong is that I buy more but never sell any. I’ll continue to read this thread with admiration for you brave souls and whilst I can’t commit to abstinence - I like buying watches too much - I will commit to selling a few in 2024.

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    Avoided any incoming in 2023 and expect nothing to change in 2024. Rather content tbh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie215 View Post
    A tentative I'm in.

    There is one watch that if it appears at the right price/time I may cave in for.

    Other than that I'm done .....I think.
    This....

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Calling SteveDSSD... SteveDSSD to the thread!
    You called...... for those who may need context, I've just been on the walk of shame in the "2023 Watch Balance Audit" thread. I knew I'd been a bit lively with watch purchases this year but it turns out that 27 in and 16 out falls quite a bit outside the norm!

    I'm not going to commit to complete abstinence but ignoring the Tornek-Rayville TR660 I've paid for and which is due in January, I'm going to try to add just two others in 2024, so I have a total of just 65. I really will try my best!

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    I shall state it wonít buy a watch in 2024, hoping that in doing so, WOS open the LV list up, and I get the call. I will then break my promise.

    Reality is slightly less positive though.


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    Iím not joining, I would be lying to myself :(

    I have a degree of optimism my Rolex GMT may arrive in 24, I have a meeting with my Goldsmiths chap to see the allocation guy. Maybe the numbers will be neutral if I liberate one of the PAMs, the Submersible

    Iíve got stirring for a Big Block 79170, although if I can find the right one the Sinn 144 might need to go. Aiming for numbers neutral, but not financially neutral!

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    When you say abstinence...............................

    Can that mean maybe getting rid of a few to get just one in their place, so downsize in general???

    If that can work, then I'm in

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    I am done for a while.

    Basically itís just another way to say I donít have any money :D

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    I intended to abstain from all watch buying in 2023, ended up adding at least 3 to the collection, which was disappointing having shipped all but one of the Rolex family in 2022.
    The only spoilers would be if one of more of my desired older 44mm PAMs showed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robsmck View Post
    I intended to abstain from all watch buying in 2023

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    Brave move indeed....16 days is a long time in the watch world.

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    There was similar thread last year and apart from the Willard I bought between Christmas and New Year last year Iíve not bought anything except a Seiko. ( A 1973 Chronograph)
    Iíve sold two 14060M subs as I realised I didnít need five Subs of various types and I always pick a date version.
    Iím going to sell my Explorer and OP Red grape next year too.
    Hoping to get the numbers down a bit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Man View Post
    Over the past 10 years I have bought, tried and sold exactly 75 watches.
    365 days ◊ 10 years = 3650

    3650 ų 75 watches = 49 days

    A new watch every 7 weeks for a decade, and you're just going to stop dead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    365 days ◊ 10 years = 3650

    3650 ų 75 watches = 49 days

    A new watch every 7 weeks for a decade, and you're just going to stop dead?
    This is a supportive ground. Celebrate day 50 with no watch purchase, thatís what I say, haha


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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    365 days ◊ 10 years = 3650

    3650 ų 75 watches = 49 days

    A new watch every 7 weeks for a decade, and you're just going to stop dead?
    That makes me sound like an addict! How very dare you ; )

    Time to stop this madness.

    No more Nomos.

    So long Seiko.

    Ta-ra Tudor.

    (Trades still allowed)
    Last edited by Rocket Man; 16th December 2023 at 16:52.

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    Pfff, the world is sufficiently well stocked with misery to render needlessly giving up an enjoyable hobby superfluous.

    I used to like buying / owning / selling watches, and now, for the most part, it seems I'm merely interested in owning them. I'm pretty sure that I was having more fun back when I was accumulating and disposing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    I shall state it wonít buy a watch in 2024, hoping that in doing so, WOS open the LV list up, and I get the call. I will then break my promise.

    Reality is slightly less positive though.


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    That list is apparently open btw. All lists open but getting one will be another issue completely.

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    The master plan is to abstain for a year, whilst reducing numbers by half, then half again, to finally settle on 'Three and a G'.

    Let's see how that goes...

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    I think the only time I could commit to not buying a watch in the next year is if I stopped breathing


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    Quote Originally Posted by sickie View Post
    I think the only time I could commit to not buying a watch in the next year is if I stopped breathing


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    +1....Iím 66 in January and keep telling myself Iíve grown out of watch collecting, but I still have the urge to buy something else. Really should take a ruthless approach and get rid of a few, I said that last year and it didn't happen!

    I own 25 watches and a similar number of Fred Perry polo shirts.......wifey thinks Iím crazy in a harmless way.

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    Will definitely be having a quieter 2024 on the watch front, not sure I can commit to full abstinence though ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDSSD View Post
    You called...... for those who may need context, I've just been on the walk of shame in the "2023 Watch Balance Audit" thread. I knew I'd been a bit lively with watch purchases this year but it turns out that 27 in and 16 out falls quite a bit outside the norm!

    I'm not going to commit to complete abstinence but ignoring the Tornek-Rayville TR660 I've paid for and which is due in January, I'm going to try to add just two others in 2024, so I have a total of just 65. I really will try my best!
    Wow... I can only admire your wallet and dedication to watch-collecting with the time it takes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Canít commit to abstinence but I will end 2024 with less watches than I have right now. Right direction.
    Thatís my aim for 2024. Hopefully change my ways.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Game on!

    I was better in 2023 than previous years, but still made the fatal mistake of buying back models I had previously sold and couldnít fully remember why I had parted with them (until I had them back on my wrist).

    I have 5 watches today, 1 I donít wear, but has sentimental value, so I have 4 watches that I wear in rotation. I may sell one of the existing watches, but if I do I will not allow myself to replace it. I have spent far too much money and time trying to refine and decide on a watch collection but that needs to stop for a year and see if it breaks the chain.

    I pledge not to buy any watches in 2024. I will do a Friday wrist shot, avoid the sales section and delete my eBay saved searches.

    My only caveat is if I am offered a 14060 at a price I can justify (which is currently about half of what they sell for, so thatís never going to happen!).

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    I am signing up to 2024. 2023 has been a bad year for incoming and outgoing, probably my worst.

    In
    PAM 00026
    PAM 00577
    PAM 00111
    PAM 00557
    PAM 00183
    PAM 00219
    PAM 00779
    IWC 3717

    Out
    PAM 00026
    PAM 00111
    PAM 00088
    PAM 00577
    IWC MK XVII

    PAM01661 has come back from a period on loan.

    Current:
    PAM 00176
    PAM 00183
    PAM 00219
    PAM 00372
    PAM 00557
    PAM 00779
    PAM 01661
    IWC 3717

    Only outgoings planned in 2024.
    Last edited by neebsta; 23rd December 2023 at 11:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Iím doing better than that - Iíll be getting rid of pretty much everything Iíve got.
    Fallen a little out of love with watches and since buying an Apple Watch, I rarely wear anything else.
    I pretty much wore my Apple watch all of 2023, bought a moonswatch that's been worn a few times but that's about it. Am thinking of putting a watch or two onto SC but will make a conscious effort to start rotating through watches again through 2024, but no purchases!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie215 View Post
    Brave move indeed....16 days is a long time in the watch world.
    And so it turned out. Bought a luminor on Thursday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robsmck View Post
    And so it turned out. Bought a luminor on Thursday

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    Lol.....

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    I'm in
    ... Unless my AD phones me with news that my LV has arrived ... Which it hasn't done so for about 30 months!

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    Iíve tried to start off the year saying ďno more watchesĒ for a while now but 2024 I need to mean it! Got a Pelagos FXD last week and the high from that has got to last me for quite some timeÖ may even need to put a couple of others up for sale at some point. Count me in for desperately trying to stave off the temptations! XD

    Although previously one of my downfalls has been buying ďjustĒ another Swatch and then saying ďoh well, thatís out the water thenĒ and buying other brands. Now with no Swatch boutique nearby and the Covent Garden one I used to go to being a horrible experience because of the Moonswatch/Blancswatch security people I doubt Iíll be bothering.

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    My 40th in 2024 so no chance of abstinence:D

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    First abstinence stand up meeting/posts to declare no purchases made next week.

    Stay away from all the Boxing Day watch sales.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikincooper View Post
    Stay away from all the Boxing Day watch sales.
    I lived dangerously and went in to town and did look at watches, but I managed to resist. The bill for the most recent one is still fresh in my mind which helps!

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    I won’t be signing up for this. But for 2024 will plan for net zero:

    Maybe I will sell one watch and buy one. Can’t be specific, but a Zenith is missing from my collection”.
    ď Ford... you're turning into a penguin. Stop it.Ē HHGTTG

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    Sign me up for 2024. Only one watch might persuade me otherwise if I manage to find one irl:


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    Todayís day one people! Stay strong and donít look at the January sales! Or if you do then just buy a new strap for your existing watch or something.

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