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    Watches Rarely Worn But Still Loved

    I had this serviced in January 2023 by Hamilton but apart from today I've rarely worn it but I still love it.
    I think in total I wore it 3, maybe 4 times last year and even then no longer than 1 day.

    What do you rarely wear but still love?


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    A lot of mine fall into this category, it's just par for the "too many watches" course. Here's one.



    .. and another one:


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    I've got an ND sub tucked away in the cupboard.
    I still think it's a beautiful watch so don't want to part with it but hate that my vision is so poor I need to put glasses on to check the time.
    Apple watch with large numbers is in permanent use,

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    I am ashamed to say I have more watches I don’t wear than ones I do wear. The pile below are watches that have been worn less than twice in the last 12 months, some have been worn once in the last 4/5 years - one has never been worn



    Some are projects (the 6309s and ATPs), others are old with hard to replace parts so are worn sparingly to help preserve them
    Others I just don’t really wear for any other reason than others always get more of a look in, but they sit as part of a sub collection (Marathon GP, SandY, CWC W10s)
    Others I don’t wear because they are Russian - yes horological racism due to the war in Ukraine
    Some are cheapies bought to test the water for similar watches or just for a bit of fun.
    For some reason I don’t want to get rid of any though. I get enjoyment out of all of them.

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    Grand Master Neil.C's Avatar
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    I'm mainly a collector so I have a hundred odd watches I never wear with only about an extra half a dozen everyday wearers if I'm honest.

    It's not a problem as the unused lot are just money in the bank and have appreciated well over the years.
    Cheers,
    Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucelee View Post
    I've got an ND sub tucked away in the cupboard.
    I still think it's a beautiful watch so don't want to part with it but hate that my vision is so poor I need to put glasses on to check the time.
    Apple watch with large numbers is in permanent use,
    Alas I'm in that camp too. Can still see my Sub to read the time, but find it hard to read the date even with the cyclops. A normal date, I've got no chance.

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    To answer the OP's question, for me I try and wear all my watches, some of the time. But, I tend to favour the lower value watches to my higher end on a day to day basis (especially during the working week). Out of my more valuable watches, maybe my Rolex's get the lease time, but I still love them. Conversely, my wife wears her Rolex everyday, 7 days a week and has done so for the last 20 years.

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    One of my oldest and most loved, even though I rarely wear it. I could never sell it.

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    Bought this many, many years ago and never worn it despite changing the battery every year.

    Cheers,

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    ..... for I have become the Jedi of flippers


    " an extravagance is anything you buy that is of no earthly use to your wife "

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    Rocket time!

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    For me, it’s these two. I have a fairly large rotation and wear everything often but these get minimal wear. I love having them both in my collection but I’ve come to the realisation that I always reach for a non chronograph 90% of the time.


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    All of my gen1? Monsters.

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    I rarely wear this these days ...



    Maybe that'll prompt me to wear it this week...

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    What car boot would do that ?What car boot would do that ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    I'm mainly a collector so I have a hundred odd watches I never wear with only about an extra half a dozen everyday wearers if I'm honest.

    It's not a problem as the unused lot are just money in the bank and have appreciated well over the years.
    This, but in the bargain basement.

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    My Omega SM 300m co-axil falls into this category, I rarely wear it in fact, I probably haven't worn it in the last 5 years (had the piece much longer) but would never sell it as it was a wedding present and was my daily for a long time.....still ticks and keeps accurate time.
    Last edited by Planet Ocean; 11th February 2024 at 11:12.

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    I don’t wear my Speedmaster Apollo 11 30th anniversary for some reason but like to own it especially as it has my date of birth engraved on the back thanks to Omega.




    Cheers
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    Why don't one week we do a Friday thread of least worn watches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jneds View Post
    I don’t wear my Speedmaster Apollo 11 30th anniversary for some reason but like to own it especially as it has my date of birth engraved on the back thanks to Omega.




    Cheers
    Neil
    I thought I had the only one here!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    I thought I had the only one here!


    I felt I had to have one really given the significance of the date to me and that I was named after the great man. I apparently “landed” a couple of hour or so after that time though.

    Cheers
    Neil

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    I love my white dial Air-King 14000 but the crown is so small it’s a beggar to set and so it’s little used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post
    Why don't one week we do a Friday thread of least worn watches!
    I'd be up for that.

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    Worn every day for 18 years until I stumbled upon this forum. Now never worn as I find it not easy to read, but treasured as it was an engagement gift from my wife. I overlooked a Sub to buy this one.

    Zenith Rainbow Elite 670 – 1998
    39mm; 9mm thick. Model 02.0473.670

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    I bought this Swiss Wenger Commando around 1999-2000. It's a great-looking watch on the wrist and the dial is very readable. It wears very comfortably, too. I feel 'bad' that I hardly ever wear it because I'm usually wearing a new acquisition.

    Great watch!


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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    I rarely wear this these days ...



    Maybe that'll prompt me to wear it this week...

    z

    I LOVE your Zenith!What car boot would do that ?What car boot would do that ?
    I LOVE your Zenith! If I owned it I'd probably strap it on a shark diver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jneds View Post
    I felt I had to have one really given the significance of the date to me and that I was named after the great man. I apparently “landed” a couple of hour or so after that time though.

    Cheers
    Neil
    That's great!
    Cheers,
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    My 14060m
    Bought NOS stickered in 2014.
    No bracelet stretch, never polished, never opened and the bezel is turning to navy now.
    I wear it on special days only.
    It's my favourite watch ever.


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    My 99.1 tends to only come out on special occasions





    The lack of quick set date means I wear the Certina less often than I should





    Otherwise most of my watches get worn a fair bit.
    Andy

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    Like many it seems, I have an entire watch box full of items that only rarely see the light of day, and again in-common with many are pieces that are kept chiefly for sentimental reasons - among those a defunct Seiko SQ quartz from 1978 bought for me by my mum will always keep its place. Similarly the super-pretty (to my eyes!) Christopher Ward 'Bluebird' SE chrono my wife bought me for my 50th, now a decade ago almost to the day, and only just on its second new battery.

    She'd remembered my love for all things speed-record and Campbells related, and since she was working in San Francisco at the time, arranged a first class flight over, and presented me with the watch on my birthday - and then a week-long road-trip followed: wonderfully memorable, and still feels like it just happened yesterday!


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    I've had this since new, circa '93 or 94. It's a lovely thing but the crown is just so bloomin fiddly, so it rarely gets worn. I'd never get rid of it though - sentimental reasons.

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    Watches Rarely Worn But Still Loved

    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    I LOVE your Zenith! If I owned it I'd probably strap it on a shark diver.
    Thank you. I hadn’t considered a mesh before. I’ll look into it.

    Prompted by this thread - the Zenith has an outing this week…



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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    My 14060m
    Bought NOS stickered in 2014.
    No bracelet stretch, never polished, never opened and the bezel is turning to navy now.
    I wear it on special days only.
    It's my favourite watch ever.

    One of the nicest watches ever made imo. I deeply regret selling my 2001 version <sigh>
    Enjoy :)
    Last edited by Mouse; 13th February 2024 at 14:13.

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    I struggle to know where to start...


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    Very rarely wear my Sub 16800 at all now but it was first grail watch and i could never part with it. The only consolation is when i do put it on it feels like a special occasion.


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    I just had the battery changed and thought that I must have worn it like four times in the last two years. It is nice, comfortable to wear, but twotone is not really my style most of the time. It's also in such a great shape that I worry about it a bit.


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    Never worn. Just too nice :(


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    Eddie's PRS 9 is one of my very favourite watches, which I consider myself very lucky to have nabbed. However, I find I just don't wear it that often. Maybe this will prompt me to do so.



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    Anonimo chronoscopio, love it, but rarely wear it, other watches take preference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    I rarely wear this these days ...



    Maybe that'll prompt me to wear it this week...

    z

    What car boot would do that ?What car boot would do that ?
    I would LOVE to own that one and wear it every day, but way out of my reach.

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    My first mechanical, courtesy of Mr E Platts

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    Bog standard watches, no longer worn, but still very attached to.

    Seiko quartz, very late 70s and 80s wearer, a present from a sibling. Also had a Swatch during this period but swapped it for a greasy, old fur ushanka in a vodka haze in Leningrad.

    Momento by Aldo Rossi, workday wearer during the 90s and a Hamilton Khaki 9721 automatic, something for the weekend.


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    Another two...


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    Very nice

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    Very nice
    Thrice nice.

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    Of the ones I don't wear much, the one I'd be least likely to part with is this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullbreakfast View Post
    Of the ones I don't wear much, the one I'd be least likely to part with is this:

    That's rather nice


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Thrice nice.
    Like what you did their😀

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    This Seiko "Sealion", I'm rarely in the mood to wear a vintage watch, but there's a number of things I love about this one

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    I realised I hadn’t worn the 5146 for quite a while as not suited to gardening duties. However it is the weekend so wore it down to the local for café da manhă. I am curious how it handles the leap year so will wear at least until after the 29th February!



    It will never leave my collection.
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