Yup thats the way it seems to be but this year they have to start goingI have a few Breitlings and Longines (what I call my high end watches), but I tend to buy broken ones then get them repaired. I can't afford the price to buy a tidy working one in one lump, but several lesser payments to get a nice one works for me.
Having said that bargains do come along from time to time, also taking a £500 (about half the going rate) punt on a fuzzy picture yielded a very nice vintage Breitling Datora Chrono.
I find it hard to say no, so I've now got far too many watches, both cheap and expensive!
ExactlyNumbers over price to start, but as the count has climbed, I find myself moving up the price spectrum, while trying to keep the numbers down. ~100 watches right now, and that's just silly, so as I consolidate, sometimes 3 watches become 1 more expensive watch.
My biggest problem is buying junk yard dogs. They start out cheap but then the costs mount. As someone said here, a $100 watch can soon cost $300, so you might as well buy a $300 watch. I say where is the fun in that? HA HA!!