19 Telltale Signs That You’re ADDICTED To Watches (And That’s OK)

In Watch Guides by TSW Staff

If you’ve clicked on this link in Google, chances are you’re addicted to watches. That’s ok, don’t fear. But if you’re not quite sure if you’re addicted yet, check out this list and judge for yourself!

1. You Teach New Things About Watches To Your Department Store Sales Advisor

So of course, you stop every time you see watches in a window display. That can be a small watch shop, a brand’s Authorized Dealer or your typical department store.

It doesn’t matter: you can’t resist the urge to go and admire those timepieces.

But when you do, you start to talk to the sales advisor, inevitably. You both love watches, right?

Well, more often then not, you’re really addicted to watches – whereas, for them, it’s just a job.

Unless you’re facing a very knowledgeable advisor at an AD, chances are you know more about watches then they do.

So inevitably, you begin to tell them when this particular model was released, how it’s different from the one released 2 years before and why he or she should consider advising people to get a Seiko instead of a Fossil.

(Maybe you should send your application.)

2. On Youtube, Your “Up Next” And “Recommended” Sections Are Filled With Videos About Watches

This is embarrassing.

At some point, one of your coworkers or your partner will inadvertently look over your shoulder… and raise an eyebrow:

“What’s up with all the watches?”

As soon as you have a few minutes of tranquillity – or even when commuting in the train – you can’t refraining from watching a video about watches… or ten.

You can watch a video about that beautiful (but discontinued) Seiko SARB035 or a video about how to fix your leaking tap, it doesn’t matter: your “Up next” video is ALWAYS a video about a wristwatch.


And by the way, you know all the cool and knowledgeable channels: The Time Teller, WatchFinder, Armand The Watch Guy, Just One More Watch, or… The Slender Wrist 😉

3. Your Instagram Feed And Profile Is Filled With Watches

Watches and watches and watches and watches…

Your Instagram feed looks more like a Google Image Search page about the search term “watch” than a typical Instagram feed with quotes, lifestyle pics, travel landscapes, food or interior design ideas.

It’s so monotone that you fear to open Instagram in public – people might start give you a look.

But you can see the variety, subtleties, and interestingness is this never-ending list of timepieces.

And you’re sad when you see the “All caught up” mention. Don’t be afraid: I just feel like you do.

So here is my Instagram account if you feel you need some more watches in your feed (we always do, don’t we?): The Slender Wrist on Instagram.

I know, I’m not the best sponsor for your watch addiction… sorry!

4. You Start To Love Watch Designs You Hated 3 Months Ago

You start to consider getting a dive watch, even if you found them ugly just a few months ago.

(That’s actually what happened to me when I became a watch enthusiast.)

But the opposite is true, too!

Those complicated, over-the-top chronographs you used to like don’t do it anymore for you.

There is just too many things going on on the dial, and you don’t enjoy it anymore.

Maybe that’s the exact opposite for you, but you get the point.

Seeing so many watch designs so often gives you a keen eye for detail.

And you now start to appreciate simpler, more refined designs. All the while looking away from messy designs.

5. You Can Spot Tiny Design Details Nobody Ever Notices

Of course!

Seeing many designs helps you narrow your favorite designs, but also understand why you like them!

When you see a regular watch, you now can see all the tiny details that nobody ever notices – yet are an eyesore to you.

  • That minute hand? Too short.
  • That orange bezel? Doesn’t match the orange hour markers.
  • That date window? Not properly positioned.
  • That inscription font? Just plain ugly.

Those details, you just wouldn’t notice them at all previously.

But now, they’re like punches in your face that you can’t avoid.

So here it is: the pursuit of the perfect watch begins.

6. Your Google Search History Is Filled With Watch References

What is the best way to find your grail watch. SEARCH FOR IT!

Going to your Google Search history clearly reveals your addiction.

There are watch references ALL. OVER. THE PLACE.

You need an everyday watch, so you search for “Seiko SARB035”. Well, maybe it’s better to get a dive watch, so after a bit research, you decide to go for “Seiko SKX013”.

Whereas the man on the street will search about the “How To Get Away With Murder” show, “how to shine my shoes” or “where to go on vacation with my kids”, your searches resembles a Wiki of all watches ever produced.

7. To You, 5610 Is Not A Number, But A G-shock Reference

You know the one I’m talking about!

The direct descendant of the first G-Shock ever made in 1983. The solar-powered, radio-controlled, affordable square G-Shock. The watch you set all your other watches to.

The all-mighty Casio G-Shock GW-M5610!

And it’s not about G-Shocks only: you know references from many other brands, like Patek Philippe, Rolex, or Audemars Piguet – to name a few.

From the top of your head, just like that.

  • 116655? The Rolex Yachmaster in 18 ct Everose gold.
  • 15450? There’s a ST missing there! It’s the 15450ST, and a cracking Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37 mm with a silver dial.
  • 5270? You’ll go with the “r” extension: the Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in rose gold (beeaaaauuuuuutiful!)

Your brain is messed up in a way most people can’t even begin to understand.

How can a human remember all of this?

Let me tell you this: be proud of it!

8. Your Ebay And Amazon Recommended Products Feeds Look Like A Watch Ecommerce

Google searches will inevitably lead you to the devil.

The places that will make you even MORE addicted to watches. The worst of their kind… ONLINE SHOPS!

Links to your favorite watches will lead you, one way or another, to eBay and Amazon.

And there, it’s just a never ending flow of cool timepieces, one after the other. There are just so many of them, you can’t resist!

And they know you can’t.

So eBay and Amazon start to propose you even more of your fix. Your recommended products is an endless list of watches. Like it’s all they have been (and will) ever sell.

Oh well…

9. You (Loved, Then) Hated, Then Loved Rolex

There, in your recommended products list – or in your Instagram feed – it pops: a Rolex watch!

Maybe you used to love Rolex for the social status it conveys.

And then you began to hate it, because you can see it at every other successful guy’s wrist. It became a commodity.

Or the opposite.

You hated Rolex – precisely because it’s used mainly as a shameless display of wealth. It’s too much “in-your face”. It’s a bragging, peacocking watch, no more no less.

And then you began to learn about the brand and its history.

Rolex was the new kid on the block compared to behemoths like Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre or the even older Vacheron Constantin.

But it managed to have quite an extensive list of achievements, thanks in part to its clever marketing strategies.

And you’ve gone full circle: you now love Rolex (again).

(And you want one – I’ll take an Oyster Perpetual 36 mm with the black dial, thank you very much.)

10. You Stalk People’s Wrists All The Time

Picture your typical shopping afternoon with your partner at the nearest mall.

He or she looks at the storefronts and drags you in when there’s something interesting. On the other hand, you look at… people’s wrists.

Here is a typical (an non-exhaustive) list of what you do:

  • you want to recognise a brand (or even better, a model!) from afar
  • you critique people’s bad tastes
  • you assess how big or small that watch looks on that guy
  • you imagine better alternatives to that Rolex Submariner-looking watch
  • you picture yourself with that nice looking Tudor watch you saw on a guy’s wrists just 10 seconds ago

You know that’s weird and creepy, right?

Welcome to the club!

11. You Wonder How Big Or Small Your Wrist Is Compared To The Average Man

I bet you wished you wrist was a little bit bigger.

Well, that was an easy one; you’re on a site where I talk about men’s watches for small wrists after all.

But even then, most of the time we wished some brands would sell watches in a smaller size.

You wonder:

“How come all the watches I like are 42 mm+? Why can’t brands propose a 38 mm alternative that looks as good?. Is there a problem with me?”

And there you go, searching around the Internet about what the average wrist size for a man is.

(And if you’re below or above that average.)

Let me tell you this: there is nothing wrong with your wrist size – really.

12. You Start Wondering How To Pronounce Watch Brands Names The Right Way

Vacheron Constantin. Audemars Piguet. Ulysse Nardin.

You never heard or cared about those brands before.

After all, to the vast majority of people, these are just names, not even brands.

But because you’re addicted to watches, you now have heard about them. You know about them.

And you probably now care about them, and lust for them too.

But how the hell are you supposed to pronounce these watch brands names?

You hear YouTubers butchering those names all the time, and want to know better.

So the question is: have you been pronouncing those brand names wrong all your life?

The answer is probably yes (sorry).

But don’t fear, as a French native speaker,  I put together an extensive watch brands pronunciation guide.

You’re welcome.

13. You Can’t Say “Nice Watch!” To 99% Of People Anymore

… because you find the watch they’re wearing ugly, ill-fitting or just plain boring.

That is one of the downside of becoming a watch enthusiast: you can’t appreciate a simple watch anymore.

Fashion brands don’t it for you anymore. Anything below $200 appears cheap (even if it’s not).

And you can see where mainstream brands cut corners: cheap metals, poor finishing, doubtful design choices, bad quality control, you name it.

It just jumps out at you.

Unless your conversation partner is wearing a truly nice or interesting piece, it has simply become impossible for you to genuinely compliment somebody’s watch.

The good news is: they probably don’t care anyway!

14. You Know Technical Watch Terms Most People Even Know Exist

Guilloché. Tourbillon. Côtes de Genève. Cloisonné. Rattrapante. Relief.

All of these words look and sound very French to most people, but that’s about where it ends. They won’t stop and wonder what they mean, and won’t think about it before sleeping.

But not you.

You know that:

  • guilloché is that magnificent technique allowing to create a repetitive pattern on a dial
  • tourbillon is a mechanism that allows the balance wheel to become more precise – not to mention that it’s crazy beautiful to look at
  • rattrapante is basically the ancestor of the lap function on your G-Shock – only in a mechanical watch (how crazy is that?)

Most luxury brands are still to this day made in Switzerland.

For this reason, the horological world is filled with French words. And you know them!

15. You’re Frustrated That People Don’t Notice The Watch You’re Wearing

You don’t meet another watch enthusiast on a regular basis. Actually, that almost never happens.

So nobody notices or cares about the watch you’re wearing.

How is that possible?

I mean:

  • you’ve been trying to find that very rare Seiko 6139 forever
  • you have a Rolex Oyster Perpetual that look gorgeous, not the Submariner you see everywhere
  • you found the best value for money you can get from brands like Hamilton, Citizen or Certina (and you bought them)

Yet, your carefully chosen watch doesn’t get any look, let alone comment.

People just don’t care about your proper watch.


A little note on this:

Don’t wear a watch because you want people to notice it. Wear it because you like it and you enjoy it.

Unless you’re wearing something really flashy (which I doubt you would – most watch enthusiasts don’t), you’re not gonna get any comment on what you’re wearing.

That’s cool.


16. You’re Frustrated That People ONLY Notice Your Ugliest Watches

“That’s a nice watch, congrats!”

Wait, WHAT?

How on Earth is it possible to love this piece?

What is more frustrating than people not congratulating you on a proper, good-looking watch?

People congratulating you on a watch that you don’t have a lot of respect or esteem for.

Every now and then, you know it sucks but… you can’t help wearing that bigger, tacky piece. I mean, it’s fun, right?

But is this really the watch you want to get compliments on? Of course not!

Yet people tell you they like your Invicta Pro Diver two-tone – when you wore a killer Orient Ray II the day before (and nobody noticed it)

You just don’t get it.

(I have owned both watches by the way, this is a true story!)

17. You Argue With People About Why They Should Wear A Watch

“Why are you wearing a watch? Can’t you tell the time from your smartphone or computer? Nobody needs a watch!”


That poor guy should have never told you that.

And now, it’s time for a rant.

Time for you to tell about style accessory, craftsmanship, legacy, history… all the good reasons to actually wear a watch.

Yes, of course, you don’t need to wear a watch to tell the time – even if it’s still the most convenient way to do so.

You just want to.

And you argue about why other people should, too!


18. You Baby Your Watches (Even Your Beater Watches)

The term “beater watch” gives you the chills.

You just can’t imagine banging around or beating up a watch – any watch.

And you don’t understand how someone could be so inconsiderate regarding such a fine and precise item as a wristwatch.

Sure, when you don’t want to damage your more precious pieces, you grab something like a Seiko SKX013 or a Casio G-Shock GW-M5610.

But even then, you’re very careful about how you treat them.

Because to you, there is no such thing as a beater watch.

19. You Actually Consider Getting A Patek Philippe Someday

You’ve seen to which extend a brand like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet or Vacheron Constantin takes craftsmanship seriously

(That’s an understatement!)

So of course, the day where you might spend $200k (or $50k) on a watch has not arrived yet – and it may never will.

But you can clearly picture yourself walking into one of the holy trinity brand Authorized Dealers, order a watch, and wait 2 years for it to arrive.

And then drop the money to get your grail watch.

This is what being a watch addict is all about!

About the Author

TSW Staff

The Slender staff writers are watch enthusiasts and experts who love writing about watches and helping people find their next favorite timepiece.