So I probably have bought my last Invicta....

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not because I don't like the watches, not because I have had major or even minor problems with the Invictas I have, not because I do not like the look of some of the watches, but because they have flooded the market with inexpensive watches, calling almost each one a collectors item (and they are not). I have decided to buy one, nice watch every few years, an Omega, Tudor, etc., and eventually end up with a small number of watches that I like, and that won't be worth pennies on the dollar. Don't get me wrong, I will keep the Invictas I have, and wear them proudly, but instead of having 4 Kia or Hyundais, I will opt for one BMW.....( I know, Kia makes the Stinger and Hyundai has a 5.0 liter engine, so my analogy might not be perfect).
 

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No trinket should be purchased as an investment. I kind of get your point with certain brands, but even OMEGA, etc. could possibly take hits when selling. There really are no guarantees, but I understand about some trinkets have a very narrow audience when selling. I never had any illusions about certain brands and what they fetch if sold. Good luck with your purchasing game plan. I'm to the point I'd sooner throw them all out then deal with shipping carriers, people, etc. I spent the money long ago and that is that. No looking back.
 

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No trinket should be purchased as an investment. I kind of get your point with certain brands, but even OMEGA, etc. could possibly take hits when selling. There really are no guarantees, but I understand about some trinkets have a very narrow audience when selling. I never had any illusions about certain brands and what they fetch if sold. Good luck with your purchasing game plan. I'm to the point I'd sooner throw them all out then deal with shipping carriers, people, etc. I spent the money long ago and that is that. No looking back.
Yeah, I used to breed Ball Pythons, and shipping was the biggest pain in the backside. Look up Super Sulfur Ball Python, I proved them genetic and got to name them-the Sulfur Ball. Anyways, back to watches, years ago I went on Ebay and was amazed at how many Invictas were for sale, and none seemed to be selling, that was a big clue for me. I won't be a flipper or anything, but I like to know that my watch collection is at least worth around what I paid for them. Did you see my post about my wife's friend bringing over her recently deceased husband's Invicta collection, about 75 or more watches, all looked the same, and I would not have paid $20 for ALL of them......
 

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It's been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One person's trash can be another's treasure. It's hard to be on the same trinket train track. Taste can vary greatly and easily change course.

I can go out with a female friend and have a nice dinner. Afterwards, for dessert if she is up to it we can have a roll in the hay, but no expectations either way. In time she goes home, I'll digest the dinner, and the money gets flushed. I never worry about money spent on things I enjoyed. To me trinkets are the same way.

I missed that post, but will catch up on it. Thanks.
 

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Unless you have a piece that is truly rare and or sought after you will probably never get back near what you paid...especially with "lesser" priced brands...if I have an Invicta or Aragon watch that I want to flip I'll usually put it on the Bay at auction starting at a give a way price and let the chips fall...

I have been surprised before at what some have gone for...rarely what I paid but close, but mostly I take the hit and keep moving...

Spending less on "cheaper" watches and waiting to get what I perceive as better/nicer ones...(and my perception is just that, mine)...is where I am at now...but I sure have spent a lot over the years building my collection and had fun doing it...

Like Mike says if it makes you happy it's not money wasted...

BTW...I just want to say that price does not always equate with quality as we all know...buy and enjoy what you like...
 
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Congrats on a new road in the journey. I too did that a while back. I fall off the wagon every year or 2 but have stayed the course for the most part. I have come to the conclusion that no brand, whether it high or low, is immune to the Trinket Gremlins from time to time. #firstworldproblems
 

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I’m back on the Telegraph glass insulator kick. Those do hold their value.
Everything recently coming down the invicta pike hasn’t appealed to me.
I’ll wait for a meteorite strap. That is the only watch in my now wheel house.
Have fun. Life is short.
 

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I’m back on the Telegraph glass insulator kick. Those do hold their value.
I never understood the appeal of these. They are all over antique and thrift stores around here. I used to practice off hand airgunning on the things back in my punk teenage years, decades after they had fallen out of service. A few even still had wires hanging from them.
 

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If you’re into the history of American communications and/or power delivery systems, or even art glass you would understand.
I started plinking them with my pellet gun back in 68. When I could climb the poles a couple years later I realized what a dumb ass I was.
 

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welcome DAYVE

watches are not "investments"

a watch widow is imho a sad thing

our kind hearted member SOTA liquidated a beloved and colorful member's collection TYME TRAVELER...liquidating a collection is a brutal and granular task ...if you are going to be a collector leave life insurance or a fat annuity or INHERITED IRA and paid off casa

watch "collecting" is a sickness and a maladaptation of man's evolutionary acquisitiveness

consider the money gone like a round of golf or shooting your load into your gumare

enjoy the ride

but try to have your rational mind keep an eye on your animal mind as he pulls that trigger in gleeful gangster style

yeah saving for grails kinda makes more sense...but they aint investments either they are consumer discretionaries more probable to be worthless than a gold mine

many great men got wiped out speculating in markets GROUCHO MARKS, BUFFALO BILL, ULYSSES S. GRANT, MARK TWAIN and had to write books to stave off bankruptcy

on the fora we have seen people die with hundreds of thousands of boxes leaving it to the widow...it's a sickness ...and it is often correlated with dementia or trauma ... so have fun

i judge no one not even my self
 
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Yep. That was a hard thing to do. I remember so many gatherings and memories tied to many of Bill's watches. I was quite proud to pass them on to others that knew him through the forum or in person. We all leave things behind. Hopefully we surround ourselves with people that will be good stewards of or stuff or find it a loving home...orrrrr trash it all and move on so as not to dwell lol
 

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Yep. That was a hard thing to do. I remember so many gatherings and memories tied to many of Bill's watches. I was quite proud to pass them on to others that knew him through the forum or in person. We all leave things behind. Hopefully we surround ourselves with people that will be good stewards of or stuff or find it a loving home...orrrrr trash it all and move on so as not to dwell lol
yeah RIP TYME TRAVELER chronicler of BLUE HIGHWAYS PASSION FOR TOOLS..

and just so it is clear kudos for your sweat equity love of liquidating your friends tools from non-smoke free environment as a show of agape love to TT's widow ...don't try this at home

translation : it is a burden to leave your widow a bunch of worthless boxes and no OFFICER SOTA is not available to liquidate your stupid collection ...that was a 1-off 1 trick pony in memoriam to a brother in blue down in big E-Z
 

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Yup, however it floats your boat, in how you buy. No wrong way to do it if you're happy. I've not found the smaller, pricier collection idea ever worth it, or even understandable, lol. I enjoy having a vast and diverse range of choices that I don't worry about in the slightest, and certainly don't rely on as an investment.

Getting pricier ones, now I'm paying insurance in case of theft or loss, on top of the large price tag at acquisition. I love @roadwarrior 's view of seeing them for what they are, an enjoyable purchase that brings a smile. A ton of brands accomplish that for me, throughout the price tier spectrum.

I officially retired myself from buying, I don't know how many times, lol. Just did so again, but feeling more confident in it this time, and am back on a similar track of wanting to add some iconic big buys at some point. Maybe one graily piece per year or something, although I can't say more expensive buys have been exponentially any better than my cheap ones, other than knowing the respect they'd get as "nice" watches --- lol, from snobs I'd never respect for their opinions anyway.....how crazy is that.

But, idk, as much as I've studied and learned about watches, it is personally satisfying to own some "icons" and I'm interested in exploring that realm of the hobby, if life allows.

Will be interesting if it is ever as fun or rewarding as ten affordables showing up in the mail, LOL.
 
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