Article By: Daniel Matatov

Today, I was looking down to check the time on my Seiko SNK (just admiring it). Whenever I look at this piece, the constant thought that comes up is ‘Why do I have so many watches? Couldn’t I just get away with just one watch?’

Seiko SNK809
Source: Daniel Matatov (@vintagewatchfam)

Of course, watch collecting is a hobby and like any hobby, the same question can be applied. A reasonable thought, no doubt. We don’t collect out of practicality, but rather out of desire, emotion, and fun. To non-”watch geeks,” spending thousands on a timepiece can be seen as absurd and extremely impractical. But to us, it’s easily justified.

My brother is a sneakerhead, an avid collector of sneakers. Same obsession, different object. Why is it that I always make fun of him for spending $300 on Yeezys, but I don’t even think twice about spending one grand on a vintage Tudor? To me, I see tremendous value in this little stainless steel, mechanical time-keeping thing. Just as I’m sure he finds value in his obsession. (My brother also thinks I’m insane for justifying $40k on a Lange, but that’s a whole other debate.) He doesn’t see the value in watches and I don’t see the value in sneakers.

Back to the question – is one “enough?” For obsessed geeks like me, no. One certainly does not satisfy this constant itch.

Practicality is not necessarily on top of my checklist when buying watches, others certainly differ. To some, 12 watches is nothing and to others, 5 watches is overwhelming. Owning one watch is truly a challenge for a lot of watch geeks. I know I can’t do that, as I have already established a few pieces that can never part my collection, mostly for sentimental reasons.

Seiko SNK809
Source: Daniel Matatov (@vintagewatchfam)

Now, is there a situation where one watch could be enough? I certainly admire the idea of having one watch with you every day. It would definitely make a great story when passing it down to your kids or grandchildren. “Your father/ grandfather wore this watch for 30 years! Now it’s your turn.” What about you? Are there any watch geeks who would ever consider of “settling down” and owning just a single watch? Would the one watch be vintage? Modern? Your first piece? The most practical? The most beautiful? The gift? Your grandfathers?