I’ve never been able to bear wearing jewelery of any type for any length of time, and this includes wrist watches. For years, I kept my wrist watch in my pocket, until I finally decided to buy a pocket watch 6 or 7 years ago. My first pocket watch was a cheap battery operated quartz model that lasted about a month before breaking. I went through 3 or 4 of these until I happened to see an antique pocket watch at a flea market. I figured if it was still running after 120 years, it must be pretty well made, so I bought it.
Well, I became so fascinated with this watch that I started doing research on antique pocket watches and eventually started collecting them. I currently have 60 or so in my collection. For years I would wear a different watch every day, on a chain attached to a vest. As my collecting tastes grew more refined, however, I started upgrading my collection, selling off the early cheaper watches and buying more and more expensive examples. Now, all the watches in my collection are worth too much for me to feel comfortable wearing on a daily basis (I wore an especially nice gold watch from 1872 at my wedding back in April).
And so, now I’m back to keeping a cheap Timex wrist watch in my pocket for daily use…