The key difference is not about "showing off" collections. It's about "showing off." Our exchange above is one example:
1. TWAT member A shares his watch, whether a picture or a description.
2. T and T comes up with some variant of "oh yeah, I own or owned one of those, but ya know, mine was so much better."
3. One or two members ask - hey T and T, would you show us some of your awesome pieces? T and T either does not reply, or says "Don't hold your breath."
4. Then, combine that with numerous references to hanging out with so-and-so so-called celebrity in the world of horology and watch collecting ("well, I was having coffee with Seth Atwood, and I said my watch was kind of running funky, so he had George Daniels service it in the back" - or some variant of such), and some of us began to ask - uhm, is this guy for real? What exactly is he trying to prove?
So tell me - who was "showing off their collection," really?
These interactions in the beginning perplexed me. Then, when it happened often enough, it started pissing me off.
Also, I didn't rule out the very distinct possibility that I am an asshole too.
So yeah, T and T - I apologize for the outburst above. Really uncalled for. What I should have said was "I'm really not sure what to make of you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in our active, online forum, but I'm really skeptical of a lot of the claims you make. If it would so please you, a picture or two would be great, but only if you are open to sharing, since I respect your privacy. But you know, if you make certain claims, in an online forum where we share not just our thoughts about watches but visual representations of pieces that move us, some of us are kind of wondering whether what you say is true or not."
He didn't sleep well. Yellow gold Subs are haunting his dreams. That happened to me after I mocked the platinum Daytona here on its launch...it literally haunted me, and now I am ready to submit to its evil will. Though unlike Frilly's precious Rolex succubus, it has little realistic chance of my buying it.
Resistance is futile, Frilly...
Curiously, mimo, I'm able to resist.......