How to Build A Watch Collection for Valuable Addition

A guide to make an exciting and endless journey of collecting watches

Date Published
November 7, 2022
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Gnomon Watches
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Starting a watch collection is not an instant process despite how much money someone has. In fact, it’s a time- and resource-consuming activity especially when you need to look for the designs, movements, and features that match your preferences. You will also need some strategy to know where to start and what to look for in the first place. 

That said, building a watch collection isn’t just picking a timepiece from a catalog or watch display t Not to mention the fact that collecting watches is a money game. You need to consider your budget before your taste. For example, if you set the budget at $2,000, then you may need to limit your expectations and understand that luxury watches are out of the range. 

That basic step applies to any milestone that you are in right now – whether you plan to buy your first timepiece, build up, or even upgrade your watch collection. Money certainly defines what you can get in this watchmaking industry. Yet, there is still hope for collectors, you can definitely still look for quality watches at affordable prices from many entry-level brands. 

If you are buying watches for the first time, it might be a challenging experience as you might end up choosing something of less value. That said, the subsequent purchase may not be any easier. Some might contemplate which movements to buy next, while others are unsure which iconic watch complications to choose. The availability of many types of watches might change your preference too.

 Assuming that you are here to get your collection up and running, here are some tips on how to structure your collection while adding up new watches. Be ready to get your collection and finances enhanced.

Consider your Budget

Before going into anything else, setting the budget is the first and most important thing to consider. You need to decide what can your budget buy. That way, it will be much easier to step on the next thing that narrows down your choices. If you have a modest budget,  luxury watch brands  Will be out of the question here.

But, if you increase the budget to $10,000 you might be able to purchase luxury watches, such as Rolex Oyster Perpetual and Omega Speedmaster. The higher the budget, the more iconic, limited edition, and vintage choices

you have.

However, setting the budget at an affordable price is a helpful bar to decide which group of watches will work for you. In fact, many affordable watches offer exceptional performance, such as Oris and Mido. 

Read also: The Best 6 Affordable Mechanical Watches Under $1000

Redefine your Taste and Preference

The next thing you can do to build a watch collection is redefining your taste and watch preference. It’s the nature of humans to look for something different – the same also goes for collecting watches. It’s not that you are bored with the current ones but somehow the watches aren’t just as exciting as they used to be – or simply you want to add another color to your collection.

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On certain occasions, you might want to pick another type of watch rather than focusing on the same line. If you are used to diving watches, trying a more classy and elegant timepiece might give a spark of novelty to your collection. In another case, you want to develop a collection of gold watches that exudes luxury.

With that approach, you will find your collection grows with an interesting mix of different brands, complications, and color palettes. Regardless, you decide how you want it to be. For example, if you decide to solely collect dive watches, then you might include Oris Aquis, Rolex Submariner, and Omega Seamaster. 

Even if you opt for a different watch size, type of buckle, or material, it is considered a change. Always choose something that is right for you and feels comfortable on your wrist

Be Strategic and Explore More

Exploring many nuances will be helpful to develop your taste. In fact, it’s important to find a timepiece that perfectly fits your taste and preference. 

Be exposed to as many kinds of movements, brands, models, and complications as possible. It’s never a disappointing event to find some exciting things in the watchmaking industry. 

However, exploring needs to go hand in hand with strategic thinking and planning. Otherwise, you might get e lost and overwhelmed by the possibilities that come around. Strategic means that you don’t just plunge yourself into new choices but rather be practical and choose only those that match your preferences

Try to remember what you own in your collection and don’t grab timepieces just because they are appealing at the first sight. It’s also a big temptation for watch collectors to grab something that they are used to. Make sure to buy watches that you will love and wear regularly.

Read also: 7 Different Types of Watches You Should Know (A Brief Guide)

Indulge in Vintage Timepieces

In building a watch collection, trying a new path can be a perfect thing to try. This is like going out of your comfort zone, especially if you are used to modern and latest timepieces. Collecting vintage watches might increase the challenge.

Since many of them are rare, there is a lot of hunting down to do, to find the one you want/Most people who enjoy vintage watches appreciate the story that goes behind the watch. That somehow adds value to the watch itself. Collecting vintage can be an exciting way to diversify and build up your watch collection. But, still, make sure to purchase something that you feel is worth owning.

Final Thought

Building up a watch collection might sound easy in some ways but difficult once you are faced with a multitude of choices. It’s important not to just buy a new watch once a year but also to learn how to make it a valuable addition to the whole. Collecting watches is an intimate, subjective, and personal thing. 

Each collection echoes someone’s personality – you buy something that truly fits your unique taste. There is no ideal watch collection as each of them is unique. 


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Gnomon Watches first opened her doors for business online in early 2002, founded by bona fide horology suitors who share a profound passion for watchmaking and fine craftsmanship.

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