Far be it for us to discourage a healthy watch collection — there are worse ways to spend your hard-earned money than on those pinnacles of the mechanical art. But there’s something to be said for wearing one watch all the the time. Who among us hasn’t admired the older gent with the battered Rolex on his wrist? The appearance alone conjures up stories of adventures, each scratch telling a tale. We love vintage watches for that very reason, but the other side of the coin is buying one watch, wearing it through thick and thin and creating your own patina rather than purchasing someone else’s. The trouble is, there are so many options and we’re bombarded with new tantalizing timepieces every year that tempt us to part with a month’s salary or two. It behooves you to get it right. Here’s how to find the right timepiece and keep it on your wrist for a lifetime.

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