If you ask me, watches are like shoes. When you get a quality watch, there is an otherness about it. It is subtle, but all the little things, the satisfying weight of it, the aroma of the leather band, the beautiful dial and the polished material ... it all adds together to ooze class. And once you have that one quality watch in your hand, you won't be able to stop yourself from collecting another, and another.
Unless you have good self control. I now have seven pairs of shoes that I wear, and a few more that I don't even bother with any more. 2 pairs of shoes would do me, maybe 3 at most. But like watches, a high-quality pair of shoes just draws me in.
Agreed up to a point. Need generally isn't the defining purchase criterion of the watch enthusiast. But as with shoes, I do find that I have a practical limit in terms of total numbers - I don't own more than I can reasonably wear. Now, 'reasonably' is not an inflexible concept here but I don't move into the field of "collecting" per se, when it comes to either watches or shoes. I certainly have more of both than someone whose purchases are defined by purely utilitarian needs, but I'd never own 50 quality watches or a hundred pairs of quality shoes even if I could comfortably afford to do so. Because if I'm not wearing them at least somewhat regularly, I'm not enjoying them.
I'm not knocking collecting either - I collect other things - just not these things.