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Collect WatchesWhen I lived in England, an adult friend of ours collected pigs. She had pigs of just about any sort and material you can imagine. She said that wherever she went, people gave her pigs. Not because they were extremely close friends, but because every time they saw any kind of pig, they thought of her. (Wow, that didn’t sound complimentary, did it?)

Collected something sounded so fun. I thought and thought about something — anything — that I actually liked enough to collect, that I’d actually like to have fill my home in all its varieties. Finally, I came to the conclusion that I would collect watches!

I started small, with my graduation watch and the 24 karat rolled gold watch of my grandmother’s that I had found in a shoebox in my parents basement. Later I added a Christmas watch, a rhinestone watch, a bracelet watch, and a sport watch. I even got a Bill Clinton watch that ran backwards (to appease my conservative side).

Watches are not only functional, but a great fashion accessory. I began looking at elegant Citizen Eco drive watches and scuba dive watches and watches with multiple functions. With my love of jewelry, I had found my perfect collectible.

Then one day, about two years into my watch-buying binge, one by one, the batteries started to run out. Within just a few months, I had an entire drawer filled with nonfunctional watches.

My hobby had turned high maintenance.

The next year, as Sam and I left a bookstore toting bags containing over $600 worth of books, he turned to me and said,”Honey, we collect books.”

And so we did. Now, with a library full of the, we still can’t get enough. Batteries not included.

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  • Sam February 28, 2012, 9:16 am

    Collecting books seem like a much more sustainable hobby!

    A 24 karat watch to start off with? You know how to set the bar high!

  • Sam February 28, 2012, 9:16 am

    Collecting books seem like a much more sustainable hobby!

    A 24 karat watch to start off with? You know how to set the bar high!

  • Barbara February 29, 2012, 2:16 am

    Collecting watches sounds expensive – flea markets would be a nice opportunity to find antique watches, but besides that, it’s high maintenance like you said.
    You mentioned that friend of yours who always got a pig from someone because they remembered her whenever they saw any kind of pig (that’s the part I’d like most about it) – but watches are so expensive that your friends wouldn’t go and buy you one because they remembered you collect them…
    I just remembered my aunt now, who collects any kind of snails. No living ones of course. Me and my mom like to buy her one whenever we see one, too.
    As a booklover I say being a bibliophile is a great way of collecting. They are useful, never run out of battery and they offer you much more than something to just look at.

  • Barbara February 29, 2012, 2:16 am

    Collecting watches sounds expensive – flea markets would be a nice opportunity to find antique watches, but besides that, it’s high maintenance like you said.
    You mentioned that friend of yours who always got a pig from someone because they remembered her whenever they saw any kind of pig (that’s the part I’d like most about it) – but watches are so expensive that your friends wouldn’t go and buy you one because they remembered you collect them…
    I just remembered my aunt now, who collects any kind of snails. No living ones of course. Me and my mom like to buy her one whenever we see one, too.
    As a booklover I say being a bibliophile is a great way of collecting. They are useful, never run out of battery and they offer you much more than something to just look at.

  • Leon March 10, 2012, 12:32 am

    Personally I like the idea of collecting watches…And I would think that if you are collecting them, they don;t necessarily have to function…I guess it all depends on what you envisioned for yourself. But I think you can just collect them and enjoy their beauty and uniqueness!

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  • Leon March 10, 2012, 12:32 am

    Personally I like the idea of collecting watches…And I would think that if you are collecting them, they don;t necessarily have to function…I guess it all depends on what you envisioned for yourself. But I think you can just collect them and enjoy their beauty and uniqueness!

    Leon
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  • DiNaRa March 21, 2012, 7:20 am

    I think that when you collect something you get into it and it makes your life interesting and more exciting and you find new topics for the coversation and you change life for the better.

  • DiNaRa March 21, 2012, 7:20 am

    I think that when you collect something you get into it and it makes your life interesting and more exciting and you find new topics for the coversation and you change life for the better.

  • Marissa March 25, 2012, 4:38 am

    We have a friend and she likes collecting “frogs”….frog figurines, frog stuff toys, etc. For her birthday, my son gave her a frog wallet. Collecting stuff that are not useful is just for satisfaction and enjoyment which is good for the one collecting, but in most cases, it’s like “hoarding” things in your house. Collecting books is nice because books are valuable.

  • Marissa March 25, 2012, 4:38 am

    We have a friend and she likes collecting “frogs”….frog figurines, frog stuff toys, etc. For her birthday, my son gave her a frog wallet. Collecting stuff that are not useful is just for satisfaction and enjoyment which is good for the one collecting, but in most cases, it’s like “hoarding” things in your house. Collecting books is nice because books are valuable.

  • köpa klocka April 4, 2012, 11:03 am

    There is always another way to handle it: buy mechanical watches without batteries that you wind up yourself.. Or even better, get a kinetic watch which gathers energy as you move around with it on your wrist!

  • köpa klocka April 4, 2012, 11:03 am

    There is always another way to handle it: buy mechanical watches without batteries that you wind up yourself.. Or even better, get a kinetic watch which gathers energy as you move around with it on your wrist!

  • Karen August 3, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Collecting old antique type watches, now that’s a hobby my father started 20 years ago. I’m not sure why but he has always been interested in old time pieces and now he has over 400 of these old watches. One day we will have to go through them all and see how much his collection is actually worth.
    But yes its an expensive hobby.

  • Karen August 3, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Collecting old antique type watches, now that’s a hobby my father started 20 years ago. I’m not sure why but he has always been interested in old time pieces and now he has over 400 of these old watches. One day we will have to go through them all and see how much his collection is actually worth.
    But yes its an expensive hobby.

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