15 Things watch collectors wish they had known before they started collecting

The joy of searching, researching and purchasing a new timepiece is such an enjoyable experience that no wonder so many people don’t stop at just one watch; they start a collection.

Collecting watches has become a popular hobby, especially with more and more vintage watch options available. But what makes a good collection, and is it a good way to invest your hard-earned cash? We talked to a number of watch collectors who gave us their tips for starting a watch collection.

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The Magnum by Buben & Zorweg

ONE

Many people will try and tell you what you should buy, but don’t listen, buy what you really want.

TWO

Don’t get sucked into the the investment game, buy what you truly like and want to wear.

THREE

Start small and affordable and work up to what you like before investing real money.

FOUR

Do your research. Learn everything you can before you buy, it is the best way to avoid being cheated.

five

A more expensive watch doesn’t necessarily bring more joy than a more affordable one.

SIX

Try before you buy.

SEVEN

Don’t become a watch snob who looks down on other people with less expensive watches.

EIGHT

Consider the purpose of the watch. Do you need something for formal occasions, something with good water resistance etc.

NINE

Look into joining a local watch club or forum to meet like-minded people and gain more information about the watches you are interested in.

TEN

Don’t rush, take your time.

Eleven

You could be emotionally charged when you find a watch you have been wanting to buy for a long time. Don’t offer your money just yet. Ask questions. Ask them to hold the watch for you; it will give you time to investigate the timepiece further.

twelve

Explore both vintage and new timepiece. (For more info about buying new or vintage, click here)

thirteen

Remember to factor in the price of servicing a timepiece to your budget.

fourteen

Keep your collecting within your means.

fifteen

Don’t become a hoarder. If you have 75+ watches at the low to mid range, consider selling them and purchasing more valuable timepieces. You will appreciate them more.