Side effects of being a fan of watches

Over the years, I've noticed that a few things that I never did before, or had interest in, before my interest in watches.

1. Crossing my arms with my left arm on top so the watch on my left wrist doesn't feel uncomfortable.  This was unnatural to me at first because I am primarily right handed.

2. Photography.  I was never interested in any type of photography before and now I'm a macro guy.

3. Learned more French vocabulary, though can't speak it.

4. Particpate in forums and social media...something I never did before and don't think would do if it wasn't for this passion.

 

How about you?  Have you noticed things that you do, or don't do, in your life that are a direct result of liking watches?

06/08/2015 - 22:06
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06/09/2015 - 01:33
06/15/2015 - 05:19
Re: Side effects of being a fan of watches
06/08/2015 - 13:59

You have to realize you've got a real issue when coming accross a beautiful woman in the street,  you start by looking at her boyfriend/husband's wrist.

It happens to me quite often I have to say. I feel like I should talk about it to my psychoanalyst next time...

All the best,

Nicolas

LOL! You have it really bad :-)
06/08/2015 - 14:12

I haven't gotten to that level yet, thank goodness! cheeky

LOL so true :-)
06/08/2015 - 17:17

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This literally JUST happened to me
06/08/2015 - 19:43

I met a guy at the airport in Atlanata and was asking about his Panerai when I looked up to realize that the Panerai was by far the second most beautiful thing on his arm.  We talked for about 5 minutes before he remembered she was there, too.  Then he properly introduced me.  I remember the Panerai, but I don't remember her name.  I also remember three of the other watches he said he had in his collection.  I think I have a problem.

Re: Side effects of being a fan of watches
06/08/2015 - 14:52

I think I've always had an interest in watches but now that I own a couple I've decided to know more about how they work. To that end, I've subscribed to WatchTime and purchased George Daniel's book 'Watchmaking'.

I've also found numerous on-line articles about watches I'd never dreamed existed and actually found a free book about horology.

If nothing else, it's an interesting hobby with endless possibilities...

Dave

Re: Side effects of being a fan of watches
06/08/2015 - 16:52

Gald to know I'm not the only one.

One additional side effect I've noticed is that in business meetings and certain social gathering, I'm profiling those around me based on their timepieces, not in a negative light or in a demeaning way, but more from the perspective of who I'm likely going to be able to relate or connect better with. 

Years ago, I was interviewing a candidate
06/09/2015 - 01:32

and kept looking at his wrist.  It was definitely a fake VC.  At the end of the interview, I asked him about the watch and he said his wife bought it for him.  He said he hoped that it would not affect my decision.  Luckily it didn't...he was not offered the job, but that was becauser their really were better qualified candidates for the position.

Destitution.
06/08/2015 - 22:06

crying

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06/09/2015 - 01:33
dan, I have all the same symptoms
06/08/2015 - 22:35

Especially Respo's position

And, I have noticed I am running out of color choice combos. So to add to the destitution, I need more shoes and shirts so I can add more watches

however, th symptom I don't share is noticing a beautiful woman. That still trumps for me looking at the watch. 

My wife has mentioned that I am very sick. She gets tired of me looking at my watch while I am at a stop light. She prefers I comment about her. I know because when she asks, I say I'm driving and I can't glance over to comment about what she needed the complement on.  This is a very bad thing.  I am working on fixing that. When I take out the phone to take a shot, at that stoplight that just about kills her.  This of course creates more destitution, as I need to buy her things she wants instead. The very good news is she does not go crazy over expensive watches. Unfortunately, she likes rings, earrings, bracelets, etc, etc. 

i think you have started a very difficult thread.

PS

i just landed a 6107 CR

GTG next time you are in town?

best

 

joe

I'm with you pal! :-)
06/09/2015 - 01:40

Sorry fellow WIS...if I got to the point of looking at the watch and not the woman...I think I'd quit this hobby.

I also blame Alex for both the watch and developing shoe color issues.  (A certain gentleman from the UK is also responsible for non-black shoes...you know who you are!  cheeky)

I'm lucky that while in China (most of the year), Daisy does the driving.  So I can play and photograph my watches...she gets upset when I don't take the same initiative for taking pictures of other things while in the car (such as sunsets, interesting cloud formations, etc.)

 

WOW, congrats on the 6107!!!  Definitely GTG, next time back in town will be September.  Will send you an email when we get closer to that time.  yes

Re: Side effects of being a fan of watches
06/08/2015 - 23:20

Well, the main side effect that I have noticed has been all the great people I have met and the wonderful friends I have made from so many places around the world. Gale always comments on this aspect of my watch collecting. It also gives me a great excuse to travel! laugh

Let's see; those I have met:

There's Alex and Dan, Robert, and Joe from Philly, Michael from NYC, Dean from "out west", Francois from Montréal, Guillaume, Lin and Patrick in Paris, Gary and Tony in the U.K. And those are just off the top of my head.

They don't include all the wonderful staff at Vacheron in Paris, London, Geneva and New York. (My apologies if I didn't mention you)

It's always been great to see them and it's always too infrequent!

Cheers to you all! yes

Joseph

 

I knew I would forget people
06/08/2015 - 23:23

Of course, there is Bill Lind from the Boston area and so many others I haven't met...yet

Joseph

I hope to add myself to this list one day fairly soon
06/09/2015 - 00:20

More for my benefit than yours. I have a lot to learn. 

Re: I hope to add myself to this list one day fairly soon
06/09/2015 - 12:26

I certainly look forward to that!

Joseph

Thank you SIR! As always, you are THE Gracious Gentleman!
06/09/2015 - 01:44

Since more than half of my enjoyment in this hobby IS the people that I have met and the friends that I have made around the world...I didn't consider it a side effect.  It is definitely a major benefit.  heartangel

Last School of Horology in Canada May Soon Close
06/14/2015 - 16:34

Sadly, the last school of Horology in Trois Rivières may soon close. 

I only found this out searching for a watchmaking workshop somewhere in Canada. Does anyone know of such a workshop?

Dave

Dan great post. Several things have happened to me: They are as follows:
06/09/2015 - 08:51

- I take immense care of my watches. This is counter to my reputation as a small kid who broke all his toys.

- I have developed a Horology Library in my home. I had a carpenter make two bookcases for me.

- I attend watch events and have made many friends.

- I have gone a bit crazy on Instagram. Fine me if you must. :-)

- Perhaps, subconsciously I joined the gym and want to look good so I can dress better and wear better shoes. This might have more to do with his Lordship than watches, but I am sure watches play a part.

- My wife does not like the fact that I am taking care of my appearance so much. Also, she always feels the watches and the books and magazines get more time and attention than her. Similar to what 4J's wrote.

- I am seriously in a zone now where I want to educate myself more on watches / horology and expand my collection - money permitting.

Thanks KK, you are truly in a dangerous zone! :-) (nt)
06/11/2015 - 09:30
Re: Side effects of being a fan of watches
06/13/2015 - 00:16

Notice arms (wrists)  reaching for air vents on planes

Ditto!
06/15/2015 - 05:19

I also notice the wrists of the people sitting near me on the airplane as well!

Re: Side effects of being a fan of watches
06/13/2015 - 16:46

Nice post Dan.

I also find myself being honked at more often when stopped at traffic signals as I use every chance I can as an opportunity to look at my watches.  Fortunately it hasn't gotten so bad yet that I am looking at them while I am driving. 

 

I I also take a lot more wrist shots for sure.

 

Cheers,

 

Stephen

Thanks Stephen, I've done it on occassion - so I know exactly what you mean
06/15/2015 - 05:23

Luckily, I do it mostly while parked...waiting for my wife (who is often late and has a strange aura that bends the space-time continuum...her "only 5 minutes" is different everywhere else on the planet cheeky)