I am a British private collector, based in Hong Kong, but travelling frequently to the USA and UK.
My true obsession is to find single ownership watches with a little story and some attraction, with evidence of originality. I enjoy the interaction with the sellers and have often travelled long distances to acquire a special watch. I once went to Huntsville, Alabama, where they built the apollo rockets, to buy a 2998 from an actual 91-year-old rocket scientist.
I have been collecting Speedmasters for over fifteen years, and now it is time to hone my collection into a smaller, focused and more usable group of watches that I can enjoy.
The watches I sell have all been hunted out by me because I found them attractive. Sometimes I buy a watch to compare with an example I hold, and then decide which one to keep. For me the pleasure is in the finding, buying, cleaning and holding the watch. The only way I can keep doing that is to sell some from time to time.
My motive to sell is to keep my collection fresh, and to make financial room for me to buy more. I do not rely on sales of watches to put food on the table. I am not motivated purely by profit, but I do not like to sell at a loss. Generally, my sales cover my additional costs of ownership and acquisition.